Thursday, August 18, 2011

The 3rd Annual Know Your Farms Charlotte Area Farm Tour

Dates: September 17th & 18th
Times: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on both days

The 2011 tour features 30 local farms, including fruit and vegetable growers, livestock producers, dairies, an alpaca farm, a hydroponics producer, and even an ostrich farm! Some of the farms will be selling farm fresh meals, cooked on-site by acclaimed local chefs. Just a few of the unique treats in store on this year’s tour: tractor hayrides, hug an alpaca, corn grinding, pony riding and backyard gardening demonstrations, lots of cute baby animals, and much more!

The Know Your Farms Farm Tour is self-guided, and farms are located all around the Charlotte Metro Area, including Cabarrus, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Gaston, Stanly, Rowan, Catawba, Union, and Lincoln counties. To take the tour, get a map and purchase a vehicle pass online at or at Ben & Jerry's (Davidson, Providence Square, Gastonia), The Common Market (Plaza Midwood, South End), The Bradford Store, The Milky Way, and Atherton Market. Load up your vehicle with friends and family, pack a cooler in the trunk for all the farm-fresh goodies you’ll want to take home, and then use the map to plot your course!

The tour costs $25 in advance per vehicle or cycle group. Vehicle passes may also be purchased on tour days at the farms for $30. Individual farms may be toured for $10.For more information and to buy your vehicle pass, visit: