Families and foodies will enjoy seven event venues, 26 farm sites and 58 craft beverage producers on this year’s Spring Farm Tour.
The annual Loudoun County event will be held rain or shine Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 19-20, 2018.
Free printed brochures listing all the sites are available at county libraries, community centers, and online at: LoudounFarms.org/FarmTour.
“The Spring Farm Tour is a wonderful way to support small businesses that feed our community and strengthen our economy,” said Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer. “A number of these businesses are owned by women, minorities, or former tech workers who saw a different vision for their futures.
“Several are family-owned operations that go back generations. Getting to know the people who grow our food is fun and enlightening.”
There are seven new sites on this year’s tour:
- Alivio Farm in Lovettsville;
- Fort Bacon Farm in Purcellville;
- Greenstone Fields in Purcellville;
- Homestead 1870 in Lovettsville;
- Lost Corner Farm in Leesburg;
- Sunny Hill Farm in Purcellville;
- The Farm at Walnut Creek in Hamilton.
Kellie Hinkle is Loudoun’s agricultural development officer. “This year we have added six themed itineraries to the farm tour brochure and map so that participants can easily select or create a tour that best suits their needs. I think this new feature helps those visiting farms to pick the stops that are most interesting to their Farm Tour group,” she said.
The new itineraries showcase hands-on activities for people who learn by doing, and places where you can pet, plant or pick.
People who love to eat delicious, fresh farm food will find lots of options in this 520-square-mile smorgasbord, and shoppers will discover one-of-a-kind items that can’t be found anywhere else. For adults who just want to sit back, sip a brew and enjoy the view, there’s that, as well.
Farm tour participants are invited to share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #LoudounFarmTour. The Spring Farm Tour is part of Loudoun Small Business Week; for more details, visit LoudounSBW.org.