About the Farm Tours
The regional Farm Fresh Appalachia Farm Tour is a partnership between Appalachian RC&D Council, Appalachian Sustainable Development and Boone Street Market. This year will be the first of what we hope is an annual event connecting our region to our local farms.
Participating farms in Tennessee will be open June 23 and in Virginia on June 30, to welcome the public to experience the farm behind the scenes. Farms may provide guided and self-guided tours, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences, and goods for sale. You choose your schedule for the day and how many farms to visit.
All farm experiences are family friendly for all ages.
Volunteers spend one day (June 23 or June 30) welcoming visitors at a participating farm, and receive a T-Shirt and one free Tour pass that can be used on either day.
Here’s how it works
- Buy a car pass: On sale beginning June 1st, online at arcd.org/registration or in person at two locations: Boone St. Market, Jonesborough,TN -or- at the Abingdon Visitors Center(CASH ONLY), Abingdon,VA. Only one pass is needed per car and covers as many people are in the vehicle.
- Cost: $15 for one tour day or $25 for both tour days
- Map your route for farms you’d like to visit and plan your day. Don’t forget to factor in driving time and the time it will take to tour the farm. You should allow yourself 1-1.5 hours at each farm. Most visitors see 3-4 farms on tour day. Many farms are offering special programs at specific times, so time your visits to make the most of your day. Take advantage of restrooms along the way. Some farms will have restroom facilities available — but many do not.
- Bring a cooler, freezer bags, and some cash. Many farms offer on-farm sales on tour day. You will be able to purchase fresh produce, baked goods, plants, and other farm products.
- Dress for the weather (rain or shine!) and wear some sturdy shoes. Skip the perfume and heavily-scented body sprays — or the bees and bugs will find you. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
- Arrange a dog sitter – No dogs are allowed on the tour and all farms request that you do not bring your dog. Dogs can pose issues with farm animals.
- Most importantly, Have Fun!
Funding provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.