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. Times are still to be determined. We will have the schedule posted soon.
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.
We always welcome community support and volunteers! There was a time the Appalachian RC&D Council was a 100% volunteer run organization. If you would like to join the growing legacy of ARC&D Volunteers by helping out with a farm tour, please let us know! Email event organizer, Rachel Wheeler: email@example.com with the subject line labeled Farm Tour Volunteer. We always have perks for our volunteers. We don’t yet know what those will be for the Farm Tours, but we can promise an enjoyable day on a local farm.
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.