As I have been saying, the Triangle area has a great farm-to-fork culture with restaurants capitalizing on their proximity and access to local farms. Luckily, there are several opportunities for us lay people to visit these bountiful farms. One such event is coming up in just a couple weeks, The Eastern Triangle Farm Tour. The tour features sustainable farms, gardens, and urban chickens and is great event for the whole family to learn where our food comes from.
The 6th Annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour will be held September 17-18, 2011 from 1:00-5:00 PM will be the biggest Eastern Triangle Farm Tour to date. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Whole Foods Market, the tour features 25 sustainable farms located across the Eastern Triangle. Advance tickets are $25 per carload or cycle group. Tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday and can be used to visit all of the farms on the tour. Get your tickets at Triangle Whole Foods stores, Harmony Farms, or online at: www.carolinafarmstewards.org. Day-of tickets are $30 or $10 per farm. Maps are available on the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association website or in the tour booklet. Don’t forget to bring a cooler as there will be lots of fresh vegetables, eggs, cheese, meat, and other products for sale at the farms.
Come out and support local farms and learn something new! Some of the highlights on this year’s tour are:
- The terraced fields of the small family farm of Wild Scallions have mixed production of heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as pasture-raised chickens and goats. Also, see their native bees and worm castings operation. Contact: Matt & Renee Clayton, 336-364-4169. (North Durham)
- Grass-fed cattle and pastured poultry at Lucky 3 Farm are used by local specialty butchers to produce delicious meats. Contact: Traci & Calvin Nachtrab, 919-853-6304. (FranklinCounty)
- Local expert, Bob Davis, will be available in Durham and Raleigh to field questions about caring for chickens in the city. His workshops will be at the Interfaith Food Shuttle Farm on Saturday and the SEEDS Garden on Sunday.