Outdoors Briefs

Tour WNC farms

From noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 18-19, 22 local farms will open their gates to the public as part of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project ’s annual farm tour. 

Of the 22 farms, nine are new to this year’s tour, which features five geographically organized clusters: 

  • West cluster: Sustainabilities/Two Trees Farm (Canton), The Ten Acre Garden (Canton), Smoky Mountain Mangalitsa* (Ironduff), Smoking J’s Fiery Foods (Candler). 
  • Leicester cluster: Mount Gilead Farm* (Leicester), Long Branch Environmental Education Center (Leicester), Addison Farms Vineyard (Leicester), Farm Retreat/ Farmhouse Beef (Marshall), Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Community Farm: Blazing Star Flowers and Lunar Whale Herbs* (Alexander). 
  • Fairview/Fletcher cluster: Flying Cloud Farm (Fairview), Hickory Nut Gap Farm (Fairview), Cane Creek Valley Farm* (Fletcher), Raspberry Fields* (Fletcher). 
  • Henderson/Transylvania cluster: North River Farms (Mills River), Holly Spring Farm (Mills River), Pope Farms/Packa’s Place* (Horse Shoe), Sideways Farm & Brewery (Etowah), Clem’s Organic Gardens (Pisgah Forest)*. 
  • Barnardsville cluster: Burley Stick Farm* (Barnardsville), Barn Blossom* (Barnardsville), Good Fibrations Angora Goats (Barnardsville). 

Farms will offer guided tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, giving the public a chance to experience firsthand how food is grown and raised in the mountains. Passes are $35 and good for one carload of visitors to all farms on both days. If still available, passes purchased the weekend of the tour will go for $45. 

Purchase passes at www.asapconnections.com  or by calling 828.236.1282. 

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