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ASAP’s farm tour returns

ASAP’s farm tour returns

The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project announced 19 farms participating in the 2022 Farm Tour, held from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 17–18. These farms showcase the diversity of agriculture in the region, from vegetables to livestock, orchards to creameries, and are all located within an hour of Asheville.

Tourgoers can experience working farms through guided and self-guided tours, demonstrations, interacting with farm animals, u-pick produce and flowers, local food tastings and more. The tour is appropriate for attendees of all ages and abilities. 

The tour features four geographic clusters to help visitors maximize their time at farms. Tourgoers should select two to four farms to visit each day, spending around an hour at each. Descriptions of each farm’s offerings, plus a map, driving directions and tour tips, are available at asapconnections.org/farmtour . A free printed guide will be available at community locations in mid-August. Ten farms, noted with an asterisk, are new to the tour in 2022. 

“It can be overwhelming to decide which farms to visit, so we recommend using the guide or website in advance,” said Sarah Hart, ASAP Communications Manager. “This year we’ve also created themed lists to help you narrow down your choices and tailor your tour to match your interests.”

Advance passes are on sale now for $35 at asapconnections.org/farmtour . One pass admits a carload of visitors to all farms both days. Pending availability, passes purchased the weekend of the tour will be $45. Volunteers who work one day of the tour, welcoming visitors at participating farms, may tour for free on the other day. Sign up to volunteer at asapconnections.org/farmtour

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