Saturday, June 30, 2012

GEORGIA MOUNTAINS FARM TOUR - JUNE 30 & JULY 1 - 2012


GEORGIA MOUNTAINS FARM TOUR - JUNE 30 & JULY 1

2012

1:00pm - 6:00pm


We're just days away from the premiere tour of small scale, sustainable farms throughout the North Georgia Mountains.

Here's how the TOUR works..... Choose from 14 farms in Habersham, Rabun, White, Stephens and beyond, visit community gardens, and eat local foods prepared by local chefs. It's the food and farm event of the summer hosted by SRWA and will help benefit a new Farmers Network. Tour hours are from 1-6pm each day. Different farms are featured each day.
You can read about every farm featured on the tour and get a sneak peak of the event brochure by downloading the PDF here.


How to Attend 
Online Advance Ticket Sales are over but it's still easy to attend the "first ever" Georgia Mountains FARM TOUR.

WEEKEND PASSES are $35 and are available all this week at the following locations:
Drop in and get your farm tour brochure and weekend pass sticker. Each weekend pass and brochure comes with a $5 gift certificate to local farmers markets. In fact, come to the Simply Homegrown market Saturday morning and use your certificate before the tour starts.

PURCHASING THE DAY OF THE EVENT
You can purchase WEEKEND PASSES at any of the participating farms on the day of the event. Here's some important information to make sure you're well prepared.

  • Cash or Check only.

Only two lead farms each day will have the full color brochure (identical to the PDF above) available at their locations. If you'd like to pick up the color brochure at the beginning of the day you should start at one of these locations:
  • LoganBerry Heritage Farm near Cleveland on Saturday 
  • Mountain Fresh Creamery in Clermont on Saturday
  • Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant on Saturday and Sunday
  • Cedar Hill Enrichment Center in Gainseville on Sunday
  • Sylvan Falls Mill in Rabun Gap on Sunday
However, you should feel free to start at any farm on the tour, just remember to BRING A PRINTOUT OF THE BROCHURE WITH YOU. That's how you'll be able to get around from farm to farm.

  • Your weekend pass will be your EAT WELL - BUY LOCAL bumper sticker.

  • We hope to have extra bumper stickers available for other folks in your carload the day of the event for a couple of dollars.
  • Don't forget to bring a cooler. Nearly all the farms on the tour will have food available for sale.


If you have any unanswered questions about the farm tour please call us at the Soque River Watershed Association at 706-754-9382 or e-mail soque@windstream.net.

Here's a sneak peak at just a small handful of the farms that will be featured during the tour (Burton Mountain Farm, the Old School Garden, Taylor Creek Farm, LoganBerry Farm and Nacoochee Valley Farm).



HERE'S our PRESS RELEASE


Northeast Georgia region to host 
1st Georgia Mountains Farm Tour

Northeast Georgia and surrounding areas are beginning to be recognized as a rapidly rising region for the production of local and sustainable foods. The first ever Georgia Mountains Farm Tour will showcase some of the farms, farmers, markets, community gardens and restaurants that are making local food happen across the region. Hosted by a brand new Georgia Mountains Farmers Network and the Soque River Watershed Association, the event takes place the weekend before the 4th of July, on Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st from 1-6pm, and will feature 14 farms in Habersham, Rabun, White, Stephens counties and beyond, two community gardens, and optional meal stops with local foods prepared by acclaimed local chefs.

Participants on the Tour can purchase one weekend pass that allows everyone in your car to visit any farms you choose all weekend long. Amongst the products featured from the 14 farms on the tour are numerous fruit and vegetables; a dairy cow creamery with milk, cream, butter and ice cream; pastured eggs; certified organic beef; and water wheel milled grains and associated baked goods. Other highlights include a farm demonstrating the lost art of horse-powered equipment, an aquaponic farm for tilapia production, and several farms using hoop houses for season extension.

The tour is ideal for individuals wanting to learn how local, sustainable food is produced, for those looking to find local foods, for aspiring gardeners and farmers who’d like to learn sustainable growing practices, and for food lovers and inspired cooks. 

The event was organized by local farmers who began meeting regularly in January of 2012 and visiting each other’s farms to collaborate on projects that help increase the impact of local foods in the region. The goal of the tour is to introduce people for the first time to the vibrancy of the local food movement in the Georgia Mountains, and encourage more people to join in the fun. Proceeds of the event will help benefit this new network.

In addition to being able to purchase farm products during the tour, many of the farms and meal stops will have prepared foods to sample, or enjoy for lunch or dinner. On Saturday chef Jeff Morris of the Copper Pot Restaurant in Clarkesville will prepare seasonal snack plates using vegetables from their own garden, and served in the garden. On Sunday, Jamie Allred, the acclaimed Executive Chef at Lake Rabun Hotel Restaurant will feature numerous products from farms throughout the tour into small plates during brunch from 11:30-2:30 and dinner beginning at 6pm. Meals are optional and are purchased separately.

Cost of the tour is $30 per carload for weekend passes purchased by June 16th, or $35 for passes purchased after June 16th or on the day of the event from any farm on the tour. Passes can be purchased online at www.soque.org or at one of the following locations: SRWA office (downtown Clarkesville), through the Northeast Georgia Locally Grown market website, at the Simply Homegrown farmers market in Clayton on Saturdays, at the Root Cellar in Clayton, and at Mountain Fresh Creamery in Clermont. All weekend passes include a $5 gift certificate to the Locally Grown or Simply Homegrown markets.

Farms and gardens included on the tour include: White County – LoganBerry Heritage Farm, Mountain Fresh Creamery, Nacoochee Valley Farm, Cairn Rock Farm; Habersham County – Indian Ridge Farm, Royal Oaks Farm, Melon Head Farm, GreenWay Community Garden, Copper Pot Gardens; Rabun County – Burton Mountain Farm, Sylvan Falls Mill, Old School Garden, Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant; Other Areas – Cedar Hill Enrichment Center (Hall County), Jan and Zen’s Garden (Franklin County), Taylor Creek Farm (Stephens County), Gibson Farms (Westminster, SC), Leah Lakes Farm (Macon County, NC)

For additional information and a copy of the brochure visit www.soque.org, e-mail soque@windstream.net or call 706-754-9382.


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1 comment:

  1. It was so hot today that we decided not to use our ticket and do the farm tour as planned. We really were looking forward to checking things out and actually seeing some of the people in N. GA who are living our dream. We will be watching this website, and hope to see more tours scheduled in the future.

    Thanks for all you do.

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