Saturday, April 17, 2010

15th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour

The 15th annual Piedmont Farm Tour will occur on Saturday & Sunday, April 24 and 25, 2010, from 1 to 5 PM both days. Rain or shine.

What it is: A self-guided tour of 40 small, sustainable farms in Orange/Chatham and surrounding counties. It is co-sponsored by CFSA and Weaver Street Market.

What we like: We did this farm tour last year and it was a lot of fun. There are plenty of farms to choose from depending on your interests. We went to Pickards Mountain Eco Institute in Chapel Hill where kids could feed goats, hold chickens and ride a pony. We also went to Maple View Farm to pet animals in their Agricultural Center, take a hay ride and eat some yummy ice cream.

Most of the farms have lots of activities that appeal to a wide age range. Also a ticket for the farm tour is good for 2 days so you can visit a a variety of farms during the weekend.

What we would change: Last year it was very hot and it's even hotter on the farms as they're typically not shaded. So if it's hot again this year, be sure to bring lots of water and snacks. Also if you plan to hit Maple View Farms plan for a long line, especially if the weather is warm.

Finally, there are many farms to choose from so try not to do too many and pick just a few close to one another. Last year we tried to do 4 farms that weren't all near each other. We ended up at 3 farms and with some cranky kids. I would choose 1 to 2 at most and just spend a lot of time at each farm. Also try to choose farms with a lot of activities to keep your little ones occupied.

Website and other important information:

Here's a link to a map of all the participating farms and a description of each farm:

Cost: $25 per carload when purchased in advance
You can buy tickets online at the above website or at following locations:

Weaver Street Market (Carroboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsboro)
Durham Farmers Market

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