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 22nd Annual Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour.
The tour is kid-friendly (but not pet-friendly) and offers 17 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 21 and Sunday, September 22 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Those interested in farm animals should head straight for Belair Dairy Farm, where they will be offering robotic dairy milking demonstrations and making their new babies available for petting! 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.
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! Later, get the buzz on our local bees and honey from Bees and Trees.
Looking for an up-close and personal experience for the kids… we’ve got you covered. Ironwood Farm is offering mini riding lessons on an Ironwood Fjord horse plus 10-minute English mini riding lessons. Moving Meadows Farm has a fully stocked petting zoo designed specifically for children.
Not ready to jump on horseback? That’s okay, Berry Hill Farm and Mineral Springs hayrides are the perfect compromise for a family seeking an educational adventure, plus you’ll get a chance to taste the mineral water straight from the spring!
Antique tractors and implements from the 1840s to 1950s will be on display at Kildee Farms and trains are all the rage at Piedmont Railroads. For mounted shooting demonstrations, polo clinics, and a Civil War Calvary Charge, head to Liberty Hall Plantation.
For a behind-the-scenes experience, stop by Belmont Farm Distillery and learn the Miller family secrets to making moonshine with a distillery tour. Old House Vineyards is opening their doors to their wine cellar, and Old Trade Brewery & Cidery will unveil new seasonal releases plus offer tours.
Other stops along the way include orchid care workshops, orchid greenhouse tours, bison pasture tours, hay rebaling 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 the 22nd 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.
Brochures are available for download. Be sure to participate in this year's Passport stamp collection for a chance to win fun door prizes!