The 4th Annual Farm Fresh Farm Tour
— June 26, 2021 —
Tickets are now on sale for the 4th installment of the Farm Fresh Appalachia Farm Tours. This year there are more activities and learning opportunities than ever. On the tour are a dairy farm that also raises cattle for beef and runs a small petting zoo, a certified organic family market farm, a cut-flower and bakery operation, a market garden and art studio, a homestead farm that has sustainable permaculture practices, a ranch where you can feed calves and ride ponies, and more. Some farms offer on-site sales, so bring some cash and a cooler just in case!
Your ticket purchase includes admittance to all farms participating in the tour for everyone in your car. Each car requires a ticket. A map of the farms, their addresses, and descriptions will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the tour. To encourage participation of farms large and small, there is no cost to farmers to be a part of the tour – your ticket purchase helps ARCD make these events that promote agriculture in East Tennessee possible!
The full list of farms will be announced at the beginning of May. Tours are self-guided and each farm sets the activities for their location. All locations have parking, but not all locations have public restrooms, so please build in time for rest stops. Locations with restrooms will be marked on the map.
COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: We request that all farm tourists abide by the most current CDC guidelines. Many of the farms you will visit are also homes, so we ask that you please respect requests from farms who request that masks be worn for tours or activities.
You get to choose which farms to visit! After you purchase your ticket, you’ll receive an email with the addresses of the farms listed below. We recommend picking 4-5 farms, plan to arrive at your top choice promptly at 1PM, then plan to spend about an hour at each farm. Plot your choices into Google Maps to map out an ideal route to minimize your travel time between farms.
A Different Chick Farm and Orchard
“We are a USDA Organic certified family-run farm in Johnson City. We offer year round seasonal produce, plants, and nursery starts. We will be giving tours of our operation and orchards and offering our guests the opportunity to try some of the things we are currently growing during the tour. Produce, plant, and more will be available to purchase the day of the tour.”
Serenity Knoll Farm
“Our vision is that Serenity Knoll Farm will be a place to foster community through dance and food education. We are a Certified Naturally Grown Farm that grows produce to sell and to use in-house for cooking classes, catering, and events. We have a pavillion and an industrial kitchen used for classes and events. We grow produce, flowers, herbs, and fruit.”
The Funny Farm
“Here at the funny farm we offer a variety of activities and experiences. We have different kinds of working farm animals that guests can feed and interact with. We have a play pen where you can spend time with some of the animals including goats, donkeys, and pigs. We have miniature pony rides, calf feeding experiences, and a farm store that sells our locally grown and made products.“
“We are a sixth-generation family farm offering grass fed, grain finished beef. Our farm was established in 1858. For the farm tour, we will be offering on-site farm product sales, kid’s activities, and, weather permitting, a hayride.”
Hallowed Oak Farm
“Hallowed Oak Farm is an 18 acre homestead and small farm. In our unheated greenhouse, we start all our plants from seed. The main garden is about a quarter acre and other gardens are dotted around the property (including corn, pumpkin, and potato patches). A kitchen garden loaded with medicinal herbs, flowers, and fresh greens is planted by the house for easy access. We have a relatively new orchard with 3 – 5 year old apple, peach, and plum trees (and one very large and very old heirloom apple tree by the house). We pride ourselves in our home dairy and growing beef herd. From the home dairy, we supply all our own milk, cream, butter, cheese, etc. We also use the milk to make soaps and lotions and to soak feed for our other livestock. The chickens are free-range, but along with our hogs, are supplemented with excess from the garden and feed fermented in whey. This allows us to reduce feed cost, provide a balanced diet more easily digested by our animals, and to ensure we don’t waste the goodness produced by our beloved cows.“
Horse Creek Farm
“We are a diversified family farm. We raise beef cattle and hogs. We sell our own beef and pork right off the farm. We raise sweet corn, watermelon, and green beans. We host several events through the year. (This year: A Father’s Day breakfast, sunflower festival, antique tractor show). We also are an agritourism venue. We are a part of the Tennessee Agritourism Association as well as Pick TN, and the Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers group. In the fall we offer a corn-maze, hayride, and pumpkin patch. We host field trips. We have a small petting zoo. Lord willing, we will be taking over the family dairy this year (registered Guernsey cows) and will be offering ice cream, milk, cheese, and juices. “
Field & Flour
“Field & Flour is a small cut-flower farm and custom bakery. We sell seasonal bouquets to fellow joyseekers, wholesale directly to your favorite florists, provide buckets of blooms to DIY brides, and offer a subscription of flowers and baked goods throughout the summer. We grow almost 100 varieties of flowers, including perennials, and have just completed an orchard of heirloom apples. We practice sustainable and ethical growing practices (low-till, composting, selective innoculation) and strive for a closed-loop system. We’ll offer tours of the flower fields, pollinator garden, and orchard. We’d love to talk with you about soil health, composting, monarch habitats, cider pressing, or your favorite peony varieties. We’ll have bouquets for purchase and signups for our subscription packages.“
Hope Farms & Studio
“We are a market garden and art studio. People will get to see how we lay out the farm for maximum out-put along with the inclusion of cover crops and flowers to attract pollinators. We will also show how we grow and dye with plants on the farm. “
The Farm at Spring Creek
“The Farm at Spring Creek is a farm and farm-stay in Greeneville, TN. We are four generations of family now living in north Greene County in East Tennessee. We produce and sell Pasture-Raised, Pasture-Finished (grass-fed) Beef, Homemade-Small-Batch-Artisan-Soap, Raw Honey, and Farm-Fresh Eggs. We offer log cabin accommodations on our farm. We also offer homesteading, farm and artisan classes seasonally and on-demand throughout the year. The Farm at Spring Creek is locally owned and operated in Greeneville, TN.“
Rural Resources Farm & Food Education Center
*No facility tours available – center will be open for restroom use and pack-your-own picnic space by their creek.*
“We are a working farm that manages cattle, pigs, and teaches multiple types of farming methods. Our focus is on children and teens, teaching them how to grow, cook and create a buisness revolving around agriculture. We offer community outreach programs to help our food insecure areas and we hold a farm day camp over the months of June and July for children ages 4+. “
Gibson Berry Farms
“Gibson Berry Farm is USDA Certified Organic farm. Our family has been cultivating or propagating fruit across three generations. We are working hard to constantly add to the varieties of nutritious powerhouse foods we have to offer. Believing strongly that you are what you eat & that good soil creates good food; Our farming techniques & personal habits reflect this philosophy.“
Buffalo Trail Orchard
“Buffalo Trail Orchard is East Tennessee’s favorite pick-your-own farm! We’re a Century Farm that has been growing crops and raising cattle since James Collins purchased the first 34 acres in 1890. These days we start the year in June with blackberries. Blueberries and peaches come in July, followed by apples which ripen throughout the fall into November. Each Fall our pumpkin patch is covered with a wide variety of homegrown pumpkins, and we offer hay rides for the perfect family experience out on the farm!”
Funding provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.