Loudoun farmers are invited to apply to participate in the 2017 Fall Farm Tour. Farms will be promoted by Loudoun Economic Development through printed brochures, newspaper ads and web content that encourages the public to visit participating businesses the third weekend in October. To have your business listed on this year’s Fall Farm Tour, apply online by 5 p.m. August 18 at: biz.loudoun.gov/FarmTourApp.
Loudoun County’s 2017 Fall Farm Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 21- 22. The purpose of the Fall Farm Tour is to promote awareness of Loudoun County’s farms, rural businesses and agricultural community. The weekend-long event is also used as a teaching opportunity to inform consumers about Loudoun-grown products.
All types of rural businesses are invited to apply. Past Fall Farm Tours have encouraged the public to visit farms and pick their own produce; taste craft beverages and locally produced food; ride or feed farm animals, and enjoy tours, shopping, hay rides and demonstrations.
“Agricultural-based businesses are a vital piece of the Loudoun economy, and the farm tours are part of our efforts to help grow their customer base,” says Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer.
Agricultural Development Officer Kellie Hinkle explained, “Loudoun farm businesses make up 51 percent of Northern Virginia’s agri-tourism venues, which contribute more than $552 million to Virginia’s $2.2 billion agri-tourism industry. Promoting Loudoun businesses through the Fall Farm Tour helps keep customers buying all year long.”
Farmers with questions about the Fall Farm Tour should contact Rural Retention and Marketing Manager Melanie Scoggins at 703-771-5187.