About the Farm Tours
Join us for the 2nd Annual Farm Fresh Farm Tour spanning two states and this year, two seasons! With tour dates in both spring and fall, you are sure to experience a wide variety of farm goods while taking in mountain and farm land vistas.
SPRING in Tennessee Tour is set for Saturday, June 22. Full Farm List and Schedule is now posted!
FALL in Virginia Tour is set for Saturday, October 5. Times are still to be determined. We will post the schedule as we get closer to the date.
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.
The regional Farm Fresh Appalachia Farm Tour is a partnership between Appalachian RC&D Council, Appalachian Sustainable Development, the North East TN Tourism Association, and Jonesborough Locally Grown and is made possible through a Farmers Market Promotion Program grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.
do·cent – /ˈdōsənt/
a person who acts as a guide, typically on a voluntary basis, in a museum, art gallery, zoo, (or farm).
Would you like to be a docent on our upcoming Farm Tours?
What is required?
A smile and appreciation for local food.
A willingness to help a farm owner provide information to Farm Tour visitors.
Availability on June 22 from 1:00-5:30 p.m. to docent at a designated farm.
*Docents may also help with directing parking and greeting visitors, as well as assisting with walking tours. Each farm will have individual needs.
*We have 15 farms participating across the region. We will do our best to place you in the county and farm of your preference. We will be placing folks on farms as the sign up forms come in.
*We will be hosting a conference call for all of our Docents closer to the tour date.
*Please email Rachel Wheeler, event coordinator with any questions you may have: firstname.lastname@example.org
-OR- you can call us at the ARC&D: (423)979-2581
Here’s how it works
- Buy a car pass: Tickets are on sale now! Purchase online via our secure transaction vendor here. Only one pass is needed per car and covers as many people are in the vehicle.
- Cost: $20 for one tour day or $35 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.