Farming is foreign to some of us. Food and fiber comes easily but we don’t always consider where it really comes from. You can change that by participating in the 21st Annual Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour.
The tour is kid-friendly (but not pet-friendly) and offers 21 destinations filled with opportunities to get up close and personal with animals and the process of sourcing locally. Kids will even have ample ways to get their hands dirty.
Rain or Shine, join us Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 from 10:00am-4:00pm.
Those interested in farm animals should head straight for Belair Dairy Farm, where they will be offering robotic dairy milking demonstrations. Lakota Ranch will be featuring Border Collie demonstrations, proving why this dog breed has been a favorite amongst ranchers and farmers for hundreds of years.
Cornerstone Horsemanship will be paying homage to the western equestrian sport, penning, that evolved from the common ranch work of separating cattle into pens for branding, doctoring, or transport.
If you’re seeking to delight your taste buds, be sure to visit Bright Farms where you will engage in a greenhouse tour, while sampling their freshly grown baby greens and herbs. From there you can swing by Mountain Run Winery to engage in making freshly pressed apple cider, YUM!
Looking for an up-close and personal experience for the kids… we’ve got you covered. The Inn at Kelly’s Ford Equestrian Center is offering pony rides, and Moving Meadows Farm has a fully stocked petting zoo designed specifically for children. Wanna test your agility, Ironwood Farm will give you and the kids an opportunity for 10 minute mini English Riding lessons.
Not ready to jump on horseback? That’s okay, Berry Hill Farm and Mineral Springs hayrides are the perfect compromise for a family seeking a laid back adventure, plus you’ll get a chance to taste the mineral water straight from the spring!
For a behind-the-scenes experience, stop by Belmont Farm Distillery and learn the Miller family secrets to making moonshine. Old House Vineyards is opening their doors to their wine cellar, and Old Trade Brewery is giving brewing tours.
Other stops along the way include orchid care workshops, lavender garden tours, bison pasture tours, honey bee demonstrations, and so much more.
Best part, this tour is self-guided, which means you can move at your own pace, visiting as many or as little farms as you please.
Not sure where to get started, visit 21st Annual Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour website for a full list of participating farms, or stop by the Welcome Center located at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises on Route 29 to pick up your brochures prior to embarking on your Farm Tour adventure.