The 14th Annual Farm Tour, Saturday October 9 and Sunday October 10, includes 46 sites this year, including 14 in Jefferson and Madison counties. This year’s tour aims to thank the region’s farmers, ranchers and producers – large and small – for being there with the basics during a time full of uncertainties and unforeseen challenges.
âThis is a great opportunity,â says event organizer Majken Peterzen, director of the Millstone Institute of Preservation. âThe tour allows visitors to buy directly from local farms, promotes networking among farmers, and allows those new to farming to see many operations that are not normally open to the public.â
There is no charge to visit farms, ranches, and gardens, although many have produce or food to sell. Because the tour is self-guided, people can choose the sites that interest them and visit them in any order they want during visiting hours.
Tips and guidelines for the visit:
â¢ Bring the card (shown above)
â¢ Prepare a camera for great photo ops
â¢ Bring a cooler, in case you buy perishable items.
â¢ Bring a tote bag
â¢ Have cash on hand in case a site does not accept credit cards.
â¢ Wear closed shoes and sun protection
â¢ Leave your pet at home
â¢ Refuel before leaving for the countryside
Local sites on the map:
# 2 Allison Acres (allison-acres.com), located at 4076 NW CR 150, in Pinetta, has 51 acres of blueberry plants, a small herd of Boer goats and two varieties of lavender. They use and teach organic farming practices. Visiting hours are Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday October 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
# 7 Boyd Farms Fresh (boydfarmsfresh.com) partners for the Farm Tour with # 39 Schmoe Farms (schmoefarm.com), both located in Blackwater, 1548 Greenville Hwy. in Quitman, Georgia. Enjoy live music, food, drink, and a hay walk. They will also serve beef and pork burgers and have a vendor market of artisanal and organic products.
# 9 deep root meat (deeprootsmeat.com), located at 11061 W. US Hwy. 90, in Greenville, sells a wide variety of cuts of beef from their grass-fed cows. Visiting hours are Saturday and Sunday October 9-10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with cart rides daily at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
# 11 Florida-Georgia Citrus (floridageorgiacitrus.com), located at 5314 Boston Hwy., In Monticello, offers ‘sweet sun’ flavored juices as well as tours of cold-hardy citrus fields on the family farm. Â»On this site you can also taste slushies and satsuma-flavored ice cream from the Southern Craft Creamery and visit the Monticello BBQ Food Truck. Visiting hours are Saturday and Sunday October 9-10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
# 14 Glendower Farms (glendowerfarms.com), located at 12617 Ashville Hwy., Greenville, sustainably raises Iberian pigs and is one of seven Iberian herds in the United States Enter the multigenerational farm through a 180-year-old oak-lined avenue and enjoy cooking demonstrations, meat tastings and walking tours. Bring your cooler in case you decide to buy some dry cured bacon, sausage, pickled chops, pork pastrami or Glendower’s specialty, the bacon and cheddar burger. Visiting hours are Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
# 16 Granny Kats Apiary Supply & Bee Learning Center (grannykats.square.site), located at 407 Industrial Park Dr. in Monticello, lets you learn all about the life of bees. You can observe bee anatomy under a microscope, study bee activity in the indoor observation hive, visit outdoor hives, and see where Granny Kats spins and extracts honey. Honey and beeswax products will be available for purchase. Visiting hours are Saturday and Sunday October 9-10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
# 19 Johnston’s Old Fashioned Meat Market (johnstonsmeatmarket.com), located at 1480 W. Washington St. in Monticello, established in 1926, specializes in hickory-smoked meats as well as fresh sausages. Johnston’s is the Patronage Sponsor of the Farm Tour 2021. Listen to live music as you tour the Locker Factory, taste fantastic food, take a look behind the scenes, decorate donut holes, make donuts. shopping in the country store and enjoy the activities for the kids. Visiting hours are Saturday, October 9 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sausage-making workshops are offered on both days from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Madison County Seed Library # 26, located at 378 NW College Loop in Madison, offers free-pollinated and heirloom seeds available free to the public. Tour visitors can view free seeds, watch seed saving demonstrations, play a hands-on seed identification quiz, participate in a seed-start activity, and participate in Q&A sessions on various seed related topics. Visiting hours are Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
# 27 McClellan Family Farm, located at 6153 Waukeenah Hwy. in Monticello, has been making sugar cane syrup for over 100 years! Visitors can taste the cane, learn how to make cane syrup, and get the family recipe for syrup cookies. Visiting hours are Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mini Moo Alpaca Too Farm (minimooalpacatoofarm.com), located at 87 Methodist Church Road. in Monticello, is a sixth generation farm that breeds alpacas, llamas, mini cows, sheep and goats. The workshops will be offered in a covered pavilion on Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monticello vineyards and cellars (monticellowinery.com and ladybirdorganics.com), located at 1211 Waukeenah Hwy. in Monticello, offers a tour of the vineyard and a tasting of the wines they have handcrafted in small batches from organic muscadine grapes and other fruits grown in the Red Hills Bioregion. Visiting hours are Saturday October 9 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
# 35 Property of the Promised Land (promisedlandhomestead.farm), located at 703 SE Tuten Way in Lee, takes visitors on a cart ride around the farm’s 62 acres to see its open pastures, oak hammocks, and uncultivated ranch land. You can observe baby rabbits, calves and lambs up close and attend a workshop on âThe Anatomy of a Bee Hiveâ. Their country store will sell fresh eggs, chicken, lamb, beef and rabbit. Visiting hours are Saturday October 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday October 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
# 38 Family farm in rocky soils (rockysoilfamilyfarm.com), located at 3137 Waukeenah Hwy. in Monticello, produces over 30 varieties of organic herbs and vegetables, is home to 2.2 million bees and raises over 60 chickens. Visiting hours are Saturday and Sunday, October 9-10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
# 40 acres of serenity (serenitygoats.com), located at 438 NE English Ivy Trl. in Pinetta, offers hay walks around the farm with encounters of goats, horses and cows, petting opportunities and glimpses of the milking parlor, dairy kitchen and soap making room. Visiting hours are Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
# 44 Bamboo wood nursery (timberbamboonursery. com), located at 2181 Government Farm Road. in Monticello, will have demonstrations / presentations on bamboo propagation, bamboo biochar, bamboo animal feed pellets, bamboo hats, sustainable bamboo cultivation and landscaping with bamboo. You can also see where they raise peacocks, guineas, Philippine jungle birds, and Ayam Ceamani Black chickens. Visiting hours are Saturday and Sunday October 9-10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on these sites and additional stops further down, check out the 64-page Complete Farm Tour 2021 Guide. Printed copies will be available at various locations around town, and you can download an electronic copy from the event host’s Facebook page: search for Millstone Institute of Preservation.