The TasteBuds local food guide will come to life during the second annual TasteBuds Farm Tour. A $20 car pass allows one to pile in his or her family and friends for a self-paced road trip adventure during the weekend of Sept. 20 and 21, from 12-5 p.m. Fun for all ages, the Farm Tour is the chance to meet the local farmers one has read about in the guide.
“The TasteBuds Farm Tour is a great opportunity to explore local farms that are not always open to visitors,” said Andrea Jaeger, programs coordinator of Crabtree Farms and TasteBuds Farm Tour Organizer. “This is your chance to get a tour with the host farmer, see where your food comes from, and even meet a few farm animals along the way.”
The car pass is good for both days of the farm tour, which lets one visit as many of the participating farms as he or she cares to see. Participating farms include 4 Oaks Farm, Appalachian Bee, Brady’s Farm Direct, CoLyCo Farm, Crabtree Farms, Dazi Acres, Erma’s Bees, Farms of Avalon Rabbitry, Gifford Farms, The Healthy Kitchen, Lamon Farm, Lavender ‘N’ Rust Herb Farm, Lookout Homestead Teaching Farm, Merryfield’s Farm, Morris Vineyard, The Organic Man, Pickett’s Trout, Red Apple Barn, Red Clay, Tant Hill Farm, Wheeler’s Orchard, Wildwood Harvest. Use the www.bit.ly/CHAfarmtour Google map to plan the route.
TasteBuds, now in its fifth year of production, is the regional guide for finding local foods, grown and crafted within 100 miles of Chattanooga. It highlights the area farms, farmers’ markets, food artisans, community gardens, restaurants and grocers that offer locally grown and crafted food, in an effort to promote and celebrate the distinct flavors of the Chattanooga region.
TasteBuds is created by the non-profit, Crabtree Farms, with funding from the Benwood Foundation. In an effort to keep the publication free for its readers, proceeds from the TasteBuds Farm Tour car pass sales will benefit the printing of the publication. Car passes are available at http://crabtreefarms.org/events/tastebuds-farmtour or by sending a check to Crabtree Farms: P.O. Box 2250, Chattanooga Tn. 37409.