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Posted on: May 7, 2012

Loudoun’s 2012 Spring Farm Tour May 19 and 20 – Spend a Weekend in the Country!

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Spring is a beautiful time of year in the Loudoun Valleys, with views of the Blue Ridge, Short Hill and Sugarloaf Mountains. Get to know Loudoun’s rural community by spending a weekend in the country during the Spring Farm Tour! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, enjoy a free self-guided driving tour down tree-lined country roads to working Loudoun County farms. Then visit again and again throughout the spring and summer. Embrace Loudoun’s rich agricultural heritage by picking your own strawberries, touring a greenhouse or having lunch by a scenic pond. Enjoy the colors, people and products of the Loudoun Valleys!

The purpose of the Spring Farm Tour is to promote Loudoun County’s farms and agricultural community by sponsoring a weekend tourism event to increase awareness and educate the public about agriculture and the rural economy in county. The weekend event is also used as a teaching mechanism to inform consumers of what products are grown and available locally. With 36 farms/venues and 11 wineries participating this year, Loudoun is anticipating approximately 8,000 visitors during the tour weekend.

“The Spring Farm Tour is an increasingly popular event, and provides a great opportunity for people to learn about how farm animals are raised, how their food is grown, and what makes Loudoun County so unique. We’ve been told time and time again what a wonderful experience the Tour provides especially for families with children of all ages,” said Agricultural Development Officer Kellie Boles with the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development.

New to the Spring Farm Tour is River Chase Farm located in Aldie, VA. River Chase is a family friendly horseback riding and horse boarding facility. The farm offers a variety of services for all ages and riding levels. During tour weekend there will be demonstrations on grooming and general horse care, as well as pony rides.

Buchanan Farms of Waterford, VA is also new to the tour this year. Buchanan Farms boasts more than 1,200 acres and specializes in producing quality meats of beef, pork and lamb. Buchanan products will be for sale during tour weekend, so be sure to bring a cooler!

Brochures for the Spring Farm Tour, including a map and directions to all participating farms, along with the 2012 Buy Fresh Buy Local Product Guide, will be available locally at Loudoun County libraries, community centers, and Visit Loudoun in Leesburg. Detailed tour information will also be available at www.loudounfarms.org.

About the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development
The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development provides excellent customer-focused economic development services to attract, grow and retain targeted businesses and promotes entrepreneurism, in order to diversify and strengthen Loudoun’s economy. The department provides site location and business development assistance, and facilitates connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies expand, locate, and launch. www.biz.loudoun.gov.

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