2010 Family Farm Tour Destinations Announced
Admission Buttons and Maps for Popular Event Available Now
ASHEVILLE, NC (May 3, 2010) – The 2010 Family Farm Tour will open 37 outstanding
farms in six Western North Carolina counties to the public on June 26 and 27, from 1:00p.m. to
6:00p.m. Destinations on the tour range from century farms cultivated by the same family for
generations, to certified organic farms, to urban gardens. Whether you want to learn who grows
your food or get ideas for producing your own, go on an outdoor family activity or taste our
area’s finest foods, you can plan a tour to suit your interests.
Here's how it works: Get a farm tour map and button. One button admits everyone in your car.
Gather your friends, choose the farms you want to visit, and plan a route. You can visit as many
farms as you like over the weekend, and there are more than enough choices to fill a schedule for
Saturday and Sunday.
Come with a cooler and your appetite. A variety of vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, and
preserves will be available to sample or for sale. Crafts and plants will be offered as well.
Tour traditional farms, as well as innovative, new farms that are diversifying agriculture in the
area. Observe livestock, spinning, cheese making, and cooking demonstrations. Make your own
pizza in a wood fired oven, pick blueberries and raspberries, and eat a meal on a farm. Learn
about practices such as rotational grazing, cover cropping, biodynamic methods, and seed saving,
and farms protected by conservations easements. See hops, medicinal plants, and Christmas
trees, as well as food crops.
Visit www.familyfarmtour.org for details on each farm, suggested routes, and listings of farms
selling food, and to purchase admission. Buttons cost $25 plus $2 shipping at
www.familyfarmtour.org, or see the website for stores and restaurants selling buttons for $25.
One button admits everyone in your car. You may also purchase buttons at farms on the day of
the tour for $30. If you only wish to visit one farm, pay $10 on-site. Or, support the Family
Farm Tour and get free admission by volunteering. Sign up to volunteer at
The tour is organized by the nonprofit Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) as
part of its work to develop and advocate strategies that help family farms prosper, connect the
region’s farmers with markets and supporters, and provide fair access to healthy, locally grown
food. “Through the Family Farm Tour, people get to know our region’s farms and farmers,
introducing them to sources of the freshest food, and giving them great reasons to support local
agriculture,” says Peter Marks of ASAP.
Farms on the Tour:
Blue Ridge Bison Madison
Flying Cloud Farm Bee Tree Farm and Vineyard
Gladheart Farms East Fork Farm
Good Fibrations Angora Goats Elk Knob Farm and Gardens
Hawk and Ivy Farm House Beef
Hickory Nut Gap New Direction Farm
Hominy Valley Farms Philosophy Farm
Hop’n Blueberry Spinning Spider Creamery
Imladris Farm Sunswept Farm
Long Branch Environmental Education Center Wake Robin Farm
Pearson Drive Community Garden
Round Mountain Creamery Transylvania
Ten Mile Farm Everett Farms
Venezia Dream Farm Queen’s Produce and Berry Farm
Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm Arthur Morgan School
Sunburst Trout Company Firefly Farm
Maple Creek Farm
Henderson Mountain Farm
Fields of Gold Farm Mountain Gardens
Holler Ministries Wellspring Farm
Stepp’s Plants, Etc.
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project is organizing the tour. Greenlife Grocery is the major
sponsor. Bouchon restaurant, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Fifth Season Gardening Company,
Winter Sun Farms, Organic Growers School, Fiore's Ristorante Toscana, Slow Food Asheville, and
Rosetta’s Kitchen are sponsors. The Mountain Xpress and IWANNA are media sponsors. BB&T, NC
Farm Bureau-Henderson County, West End Bakery, The Market Place restaurant, and Sunny Point Café
are friends of the Family Farm Tour.
ABOUT THE APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT
ASAP is helping to rebuild the local economy, preserve rural land and heritage, encourage
sustainable agricultural practices, and increase access to fresher, healthier foods. We work to
keep farmers farming and to reconnect people with their food. We involve businesses, shoppers,
chefs, children, seniors, healthcare providers, teachers, and all community members in the local