19th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour – 2014

| April 23, 2014

Maple Spring Gardens, 9812 Allison Road, Cedar Grove, NC

Chapel Hill in April is a colorful wonderland of blossoming flowers and bright green leaves. One of the best ways to celebrate Spring’s renewal is to visit our local farms by taking the 19th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour!

On Saturday, April 26 & Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, thirty-nine farms on the outskirts of town will be opening their doors, well, just their fields to the general public. This is the perfect weekend event for family and friends, and each farm is planning on hosting fun activities for visitors! This is also the perfect opportunity to select a local CSA, as many of the participating farms below are also CSAs. Remember to bring along a cooler (or two!), as many farms will have fresh produce and farm products for sale on site.

FarmTourTomatoIconLogo-200x300For just $25 a carload in advance, ($30 at the farm), you can choose which farms you would like to visit over the two day, self-guided tour. Alternatively, you can spend $10 per car, per farm. Biking groups of two to twenty bikers count as one car. This is a tax deductible donation that benefits the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is dedicated to helping “people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic foods by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems sustainable family farms need to thrive, and educating and organizing communities about organic farming.”

Volunteers are welcome, and attend the Farm Tour for free, and get a free T-shirt! If you would like to volunteer, email Fred: fred@carolinafarmstewards.org.

This tour is co-sponsored by Weaver Street Market, where you can purchase Farm Tour Admission buttons in advance and pick up a free Farm Tour Guide booklet at any of their locations. Or you can download the Piedmont Farm Tour Map 2013 (PDF) by clicking here. Click here for More Information, to view an Interactive Farm Tour Google Map, and to Purchase Buttons Online.

Here is an alphabetical list of the participating farms:

  1. Avillion Farm: 4737 Shanklins Dead End Rd, Efland
    Our farm is home to fiber-producing livestock – Shetland and Jacob sheep for wool, Angora goats for mohair, and Angora rabbits for angora. Fiber from our livestock is processed  into roving for spinning and felting and yarns. There will be energetic lambs & goat kids to see and angora rabbits to touch and admire. Watch fiber being spun into yarn and crafted into a variety of items. Learn about our low input sustainable approach to raising healthy livestock. http://www.avillionfarm.comavillionfarm@avillionfarm.com
  2. Benjamin Vineyards & Winery: 6516 Whitney Rd, Graham
    Come see the sustainable practices and unique trellising we use to grow Muscadine grapes, French grapes, and French hybrid wine grapes. Enjoy a wine tasting in the winery, see our wine-making equipment, and tour the vineyard with the winemaker/grape grower. Shop for jellies, juice, cheeses, wine and wine accessories in our gift shop! (336) 376-1080,www.benjaminvineyards.combenjaminwines@cs.com
  3. Boxcarr Farms: 1203 Longest Acre Rd, Snow Camp
    We are a small family-owned farm of artists, artisans and chefs. It’s our fourth year of farming and we are in the beginning stages of handmade cheese production. Our food truck, local in Motion, will be serving the freshest, most delicious food. Bring a picnic blanket! Come see dairy goats, chickens, and our cheesery taking shape! (919) 732-9078, www.boxcarrfarms.comaustin@boxcarrfarms.com, dani@boxcarrfarms.com
  4. Braeburn Farm: 2207 Carr Store Rd, Cedar Grove
    We are a family of chefs, artists, and artisans who started a small farm. We are now entering our third year farming. Our catering business and food truck, Local in Motion, is our way of getting the freshest food from our farm and neighboring farms straight to you. You can visit our farm to see the animals and crops, and then relax while you enjoy the delicious food at tables or bring a blanket for a picnic. (336) 693-4549, www.braeburnfarms.com
  5. Captain J. S. Pope Farm : 6909 Efland-Cedar Grove Rd, Cedar Grove
    Riding tour of the farm and guided tour of the 150 year-old home of Capt. John and Mary Jane. Lamb Burgers and Lamb Dogs served each day starting at noon. Four-course dinner ffeaturing lamb and vegetables grown on the farm served at 6:30 pm on Saturday. Cost for dinner is $60 including wine. Call for reservations. Reservations at (919) 621-1150, www.dorperscedargrovenc.comrpope23@nc.rr.com
  6. Cedar Grove Windy Hill Farm: 1319 Carr Store Road, Cedar Grove
    Come see our scenic and historic farm! You will enjoy meeting our friendly goats and seeing the guineas as they skitter about the farm. Learn about management-intensive pasture-raised cattle, honeybees, blueberries, figs, pears, muscadine grapes, and the 6.48 kW solar array. Goat milk soap, cookies, and lemonade for sale! cedargrovewindyhillfarm@gmail.com
  7. Celebrity Goat Dairy: 198 Celebrity Dairy Way, Silk Hope
    Changes are happening toward Celebrity Dairy’s goal to start an “Incubator Farm”! The irrigation pond site has been cleared and the dam may be under construction (we are writing this in early February). Next will be the location of the communal prepping area and storage of equipment to be shared. If you are needing a place to farm and have a plan, take this as an opportunity to discuss possibilities of being involved in this project with Brit, Fleming or John. And, of course, come see our friendly goats and historic B&B! Our LUNCH: Locally sourced soups, wraps, and hot drinks. Noon-3:00 pm, while supplies last. (919) 742-5176, www.celebritydairy.comtheinn@celebritydairy.com
  8. Chapel Hill Creamery: 615 Chapel Hill Creamery Rd, Chapel Hill
    Come see our herd of Jersey cows and how we produce delicious farmhouse cheeses. Ride wagons to the farm, see pigs slurping whey, meet our oxen, and enter the name-the-calf contest. We’ll have many cheeses as well as sausage tasting and for purchase; plus Cheese Picnic Boxes for Sale. Please bring a cooler. www.chapelhillcreamery.com, info@chapelhillcreamery.com
  9. Coon Rock Farm: 1021 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough
    Sustainable produce and animal farm in an idyllic setting along the Eno River. Tours guided and narrated by Richard or Jamie. Visitors will see gardens, compost production, weed control using coffee bags, solar hoop houses, permaculture and forest farming in sustainable woodlands. You will also see an extensive animal display of pastured poultry including farm-raised chicks, pastured pigs, piglets, lambs, and cows. (919) 732-4168, http://www.coonrockfarm.com, richard@coonrockfarm.com
  10. Cooper-Lasley Farm – NEW!:5309 Mebane Oaks Rd, Mebane, NC 27302
    Visitors will experience a historic farm turned into a growing sustainable all natural farm with heritage breed free-range chickens, grass-fed Angus/Hertford cattle, Boar/Nubian goats, and Berkshire/Duroc cross pigs. Check out our Certified All-Natural Produce and innovative and sustainable practices. (336)-707-2660, www.facebook.com/pages/Cooper-Lasley-Farm/140118032742343www.cooperlasleyfarm.org
  11. Cozi Farm: 2301 Austin Quarter Rd, Graham, NC 27253
    Experience a pasture with a flock of heritage hens grazing after our affectionate Jersey cows and a rare breed of sheep. Meet our four guard dogs who protect the baby lambs. And hear about our organically milled local feed that makes a difference in our meat, poultry, and eggs! (336) 266-0670, https://www.facebook.com/CoziFarmcozi.orders@gmail.com
  12. Dancing Pines Farm: 3606 Buckhorn Rd, Efland
    We are a two-acre produce farm. Tour goers will see two hoop houses used for year-round production, a pong irrigation system, and the newest additions- an enclosed packing shed with wash room and walk-in cooler. We sell at the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, to restaurants, and small-scale grocery stores. (919) 563-3430, www.dancingpinesfarm.com and on Facebook.
  13. Eco Farm: 2501 Butler Rd, Chapel Hill
    Come see our shiitake mushroom operation, you-pick strawberries, blueberries, and our fresh produce growing in the field such as garlic, lettuce, bok choy, kale, collards, and butternuts. www.ecofarmnc.comecofarmnc@gmail.com.
  14. Farm Boy Farms – New!: 102 L and W Ln, Pittsboro, NC 27312
    Silos, elevators, train tracks, and fields! Family-friendly opportunity to learn about what we do to support the craft beer industry in North Carolina through craft farming and craft malting. Learn about our plant management practices as well as our barley, rye, and wheat fields. Participate in hop yard maintenance and the malting process. Swing by and make memories! (919) 696-7850, http://www.farmboybrewery.comdan@farmboybrewery.com, Twitter: (@FarmBoyFarms)
  15. Fickle Creek Farm: 4122 Buckhorn Rd, Efland
    Something for everyone! Eggmobiles, sheep & lambs, steers, pastured pigs, Freedom Ranger broilers, ducks, Great Pyrenees livestock guard dogs, market garden. Self-guided tour on agroforestry, cover crops, grazing animals, and sustainable farming. Gather your own eggs! Food Truck both days. Pork, Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Eggs, and Produce to purchase and take home. Se habla espanol. On parle francais. http://ficklecreekfarm.comficklecreek@gmail.com
  16. Flat River Nursery & Farm: 1548 Holeman Ashley Rd, Timberlake
    A family farm since the 1700s, we strive to produce the highest quality produce, plants, etc., and improve the farm at the same time. See greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers, bedding plants, hanging baskets, herbs, beneficial insects, and bumble bee pollination. Pick-your-own strawberries if the weather permits! (336) 364-2460  frn@esinc.net
  17. Four Leaf Farm: 6815 Bill Poole Rd, Rougemont
    Four Leaf Farm has 1/4 acre of intensively planted permanent raised beds, two greenhouses, active composting, perennial gardens, plant nursery, a small laying flock, shiitake mushroom logs and a kiwi vine. We will have annual and perennial plants for sale. (919) 644-6535,  fourleaffarm@gmail.comwww.fourleaffarm.org
  18. Granite Springs Farm – NEW!: 266 Granite Springs Road, Pittsboro
    We are in our 6th year of growing vegetables and pastured laying hens. Come meet our chickens and check out our greenhouses. Learn about our delicious oyster mushrooms, grown on straw in bags and suspended in the air! We are forming an intentional agrarian community on our 140 acres. Visitors can learn about the vision for this vibrant new community. (919) 542-2982, Farm@granitespringsfarm.comwww.granitespringsfarm.com
  19. Harlands Creek Farm: 97 Plantation Drive, Pittsboro
    Our certified organic farm will have vegetables and herbs in the field. Come see our new organic pest control “chicken tractor” system and meet the hens! See the formal parterre and plaza de fiesta. We operate CSAs with deliveries in Chapel Hill, Chatham County, Durham, Raleigh, and Sanford. Sign-up sheets will be available. We will have some vegetables and flowers for sale! (919) 542-4607 www.harlands-creek-farm.comlesslerjud@msn.com
  20. Herb Haven: 7729 McBane Mill Rd, Graham
    Herb Haven is a 6-acre botanical sanctuary dedicated to the growing, rehabilitation, preservation and usage of over 60 medicinal plants easily grown in the Piedmont of NC. Come learn how to incorporate these medicinal plants into your landscape! (336) 376-0727, http://www.herbhaven.com
  21. The Winery at Iron Gate Farm: 2540 Lynch Store Rd., Mebane
    The Winery at Iron Gate Farm is situated on 60 acres north of Mebane. Come see how we rescued an old tobacco farm with the planting of vineyards in 2001. Check out the Belgian draft horses, fainting goats, chickens, and barn cats. Visit us to learn about our sustainable practices. See our unique fencing and bird netting used to protect the grapes from predators. Learn how spring water is collected for irrigation of the vineyards and for watering our horses. Wine tastings available for those 21 and older. (919) 304-9463, www.irongatevineyards.com
  22. Maple Spring Gardens: 9812 Allison Rd, Cedar Grove
    In business since 1984, we produce more than 100 varieties of vegetables, berries, and cut flowers on what was once a worn-out tobacco farm. See our greenhouses, high tunnels and field production. Check out our ginger and shiitake mushrooms, and the nwe solar array to offset some of the farm’s electrical usage! We sell via area farmers’ markets, the Hillsborough Weaver Street market, and our CSA. www.maplespringgardens.com, On Facebook at Maple Spring Gardens, LLC
  23. Millarckee Farm: 6833 Bethel South Fork Rd, Snow Camp
    Located on beautiful Cane Creek, Millarckee Farm has been growing veggies organically for 25+ years! Playing with an efficient bed/path/crop rotational system has allowed us to greatly reduce outside inputs like manure, minerals, and gas, while increasing soil structure and nutrient availability. This will work in your yard or farm without big equipment. Stop by to learn how!
  24. Minka Farm: 120 Minka Farm Ln, Efland
    Come check out our baby Great Pyrenees puppies, ducklings, chicks, goat kids, calves, and piglets. Visit our extensive orchard. Bring a cooler for 100% grass-fed beef and pastured pork. Self-guided tour and farmer-led discussions available. See website for schedule of topics and times. (919)-304-4999,  www.minkafarm.comfarmer@minkafarm.com
  25. Perry-winkle Farm: 1061 White Cross Rd, Chapel Hill
    Perry-winkle Farm and Chicken Bridge Bakery are teaming up again. Grab goodies warm from the bread-oven and stroll through fields of sustainably-grown vegetables and cut flowers. Learn how we rotate crops and animals to ensure a healthy environment for both. See our “Egg-Mobiles,” “Chicken Tractors,” and Hebel Block passive-solar greenhouse. Let us introduce you to our neighbors and good friends- Monica, Rob, Simon, and Milo of Chicken Bridge Bakery. perrywinklefarm@aol.com
  26. Piedmont Biofarm & Screech Owl Greenhouse: Screech Owl Greenhouse, 192 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro
    Check out this innovative farm! Our veggie and seed garden has movable caterpillar tunnels. See our veg variety trials and plant-breeding plots, developing strong, tasty, and well-adapted plants. Don’t forget to check out the cutting-edge solar double cropping with solar panels mixed in with shade crop production! (919) 444-9680, www.piedmontbiofarm.blogspot.com Join Screech Owl Greenhouses for a tour of the cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and pepper houses, and sample some of our tomatoes. Don’t forget to say hello to Cali, our famous farm kitty! (919) 389-8643, facebook.com/screechowlgreenhouses, screechowlgreenhouses@gmail.com
  27. Pine Knot Farm: 8906 Hester Rd, Hurdle Mills
    A third-generation minority farmer raising certified organic sweet potatoes, collards, cabbage, kale, turnip greens, and 25 acres of organic tobacco. You’ll also see pastured poultry and pastured pork. Stanley sells his tobacco to the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and markets his produce at the Carrboro and Durham Farmers Markets and through Eastern Carolina Organics. (919) 644-3276, leachlinda14@yahoo.com
  28. RambleRill Farm – NEW!: 913 Arthur Minnis Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278
    “Certified organic”: We avoid using synthetic pesticides or herbicides! Learn about certified organic principles and practices as you visit our fields and hoophouse where we grow vegetables, fruits, and mushrooms. Also check out our “Magic-of-Seeds” station for kids; see solar mini-applications at work; inoculate a shiitake log; meander the Wendell Berry Woodland Trail; Plus, sample farm tastes! (919)-618-6067, www.RambleRillFarm.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/RambleRilljane@RambleRillFarm.com
  29. W C Breeze Family Farm Ag Ext & Research Center: 4909 Walnut Grove Church Road, Hurdle Mill
    Come see how we grow vegetables and new farmers! Rooted in an 8-week workshop series offered each winter, beginning farmers learn skills and then lease land to start their own farm businesses. Check out our two new hoop houses and meet our enterprising farmers! (919) 245-2050, http://www.orangecountyfarms.org/PLANTatBreeze.aspcarl_matyac@ncsu.edu
  30. The Student Farm at CCCC: 764 West St, Pittsboro
    Visitors will tour vegetable production areas, learn about organic production practices that include crop rotation, cover-cropping and incorporating livestock into the field rotation. Organically-raised vegetable transplants will be available for sale. Various on-farm energy production features will be part of the tour. The Chatham Beekeepers will be at the farm both days of the tour educating about beekeeping and pollinators. Honey for sale! www.cccc.edu/greenrkoha065@cccc.edu
  31. Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm: 465 Yarborough Rd, Roxboro
    Narrated 30 minute covered wagon tours beginning at 1:00 pm. See seventh generation family farm where grass-fed buffalo roam – mature breeding bulls, cows, calves, all majestic symbols of America! Bison lunch on sale at our beautiful lakeside gazebo from 12:30-3:00 pm. Bring a cooler and purchase bison burger, steaks, sausages, roasts, and move! (336) 583-6666, www.SunsetRidgeBuffalo.combuffalojack7@gmail.com
  32. Timberwood Organics: 4619 Timberwood Trail, Efland
    Certified organic family-owned farm producing quality produce and herbs since 1989 for sale at the Carrboro Farmers Market, CSA, restaurants, and stores. Delicious homemade breads, snacks, and produce will be available for sale. (919) 260-1811, www.timberwoodorganics.comtw_organics@metbel.net
  33. Transplanting Traditions Community Farm: 2912 B Jones Ferry Rd, Chapel Hill
    Four-acre educational farm that works specifically with the Karen Burmese refugee community. This farm grows crops known to NC but also specializes in tropical Asian crops specific to Burma. These include many kinds of herbs, gourds, turmeric, taro, rice, ginger, and galangal. Learn about chicken tractors on a community farm scale. Buy seedlings for your own garden. (919) 967-9091, KOwensby@OrangeSmartStart.org
  34. Turtle Run Farm: 5776 Rumley Rd, Graham
    Vegetable gardens, Cypress earth-berm greenhouse, Pioneer cabin, organic fertilizer demo, and a Wiggling-Worm composting operation. Been out to Saxapahaw lately? This historic village has transformed into the cultural Mecca of NC! (336) 376-3313, www.useyerfoot.com
  35. Two Chicks Farm: 3800 Mallory Ct, Hillsborough (located at end of street down gravel driveway)
    Although no chickens here, you will see a small sustainable farm with three hoop houses. We grow vegetables that we use to make pickles, pepper jellies, and sauerkrauts. Stop by to see the farm and try our Dill Kraut’n Pickles, winner of the 2014 Good Food Award! www.twochicksfarm.com
  36. Waterdog Farm: 904 Terry Road, Hurdle Mills
    Visit our herbal tea, flower, and specialty produce farm on the Flat River. Take a farmer-led tour, sample our herbal teas, buy green garlic and cut flowers, and investigate what’s blooming this time of year. Learn about the relationship between this farm, our forests, and Durham’s drinking water while walking down to the river with our resident biologist/farmer.waterdogfarms.com
  37. Wild Hare Farm: 9836 Allison Rd., Cedar Grove
    We raise a variety of beautiful cut flowers and vegatbles using sustainable methods. Our products are available at the Carrboro Farmers Market, Weaver Street Market, local restaurants and florists. Come see what’s growing in our hoop houses! (919)452-8987, http://www.wildharefarm.us
  38. Windy Acres Farm: 7624 Harmony Church Rd, Efland
    Visitors will be able to pet and feed our goats, and see our strawberry field. Cold weather crops will be planted (lettuce, cabbage, peas, etc.) We use manure and other natural methods for fertilizer and pest control. We will have pork samples from pigs raised on the farm as well as homemade pickle samples! (919) 563-9880, windyacresfarm@mebtel.net
  39. Woodcrest Farm: 5604 Dairyland Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278
    Woodcrest Farm is a working family farm. Come see grass-fed Dexter beef, farm-raised pork, dairy cattle and goats, free-range chickens, and organically raised produce. We also have a working blacksmith shop and offer on-farm homesteading classes on everything from cheesemaking to quilting. (919)-933-5105, www.WoodcrestFarmNc.cominfo@woodcrestfarm.com

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