Looking for the perfect way to show off your Loudoun County farm or rural business? Sign up to be listed on the 2019 Fall Farm Tour, which will be held the weekend of October 19-20.
For business owners, the Loudoun Fall Farm Tour is a unique opportunity to show future customers behind the scenes of your farming operation. For the public, this is a free, self-guided tour for people of all ages interested in learning more about your business.
There is no cost to participate as a tour site, and Loudoun Economic Development will promote all tour sites and business in advance of the tour.
The deadline to apply is August 16, and the application is online at biz.loudoun.gov/FarmTourApp.
“The Loudoun County Farm Tour gives consumers a chance to see, taste, feel and learn, hands-on, what goes into local food production,” said Loudoun’s Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer. “This is a great showcase for our community and it shines a spotlight on our farmers, whose passion and hard work produce great ‘Loudoun Made, Loudoun Grown‘ products.”
All businesses participating in the Fall Farm Tour site are expected to offer a free, educational component to visitors, such as:
- A short tour that informs visitors about your animals, crops or products;
- Demonstrations, such as pumpkin carving or animal care;
- Informational posters about your farm, products, or methods;
- A short presentation about what you do, why you do it and why it’s important.
“The Fall Farm Tour is an ideal opportunity for consumers to learn about local food while building relationships with the farmers and rural business owners,” explained Business Development Officer of Agriculture and Business Services John Magistro. “We encourage the community to not just visit farms, but to Take Loudoun Home with them.”
Craft beverage venues that are open to the public do not need to apply—they will also be featured on the Fall Farm Tour map.
Apply below to be a 2019 Fall Farm Tour site by close-of-business on Friday, August 16, or at biz.loudoun.gov/FarmTourApp.