For one weekend only, several area farms will open their gates to visitors to explore, shop and immerse themselves in local agriculture. The 3rd Annual TasteBuds Farm Tour takes place on Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours and new participating farms. Car passes are on sale now at http://growchattanooga.org/foodguide/FarmTour or by sending a check to Crabtree Farms: P.O. Box 2250, Chattanooga TN 37409.
“The TasteBuds Farm Tour is a great deal for folks looking for a fun, affordable weekend adventure” says Andrea Jaeger, programs coordinator of Crabtree Farms and TasteBuds Farm Tour Organizer. “For just $20 your family and friends can pile in the car together to discover and enjoy the agricultural treasures of our region.”
The car pass is good all weekend and grants visitors access to farms listed in the TasteBuds local food guide, including Brady’s Farm Direct (Saturday only), Crabtree Farms, Dixie Does Alpines (Saturday only), The Healthy Kitchen (Sunday only), Lavender ‘N’ Rust Herb Farm, Lookout Homestead Teaching Farm, Red Clay Farm (Sunday only), Tant Hill Farm, Wheeler’s Orchard, and Wildwood Farm (Sunday only).
At each stop, farmers will provide a tour of their farm. Visitors are encouraged to bring a cooler, as they will have the opportunity to support local and shop for items produced on the farm, including meats, produce, honey and eggs. Hand crafted goods, such as yarn, soap, goat milk fudge and balms are also available at certain locations.
“Each farm offers a unique opportunity to see agriculture in action,” says Ms. Jaeger. “Highlights include tractor rides, planting demonstrations and a cider making demonstration.”
An official Farm Tour map with descriptions of each site is available online to help visitors plan their routes: www.bit.ly/CHAfarmtour.
For those who wish to have their adventure planned for them, guided caravan tours will be offered at no additional cost. Starting at Crabtree Farms at 10 a.m. each day, the caravan embarks on a round-trip journey to a selection of farms. More information is available online at http://growchattanooga.org/foodguide/FarmTour
TasteBuds, now in its 6th year of production, is the locally-made, regional guide for finding local foods grown and crafted within 100 miles of Chattanooga. In an effort to promote and celebrate the distinct flavors of the Chattanooga region, TasteBuds features photography, recipes, and articles by local writers and highlights the area farms, farmers markets, food artisans, community gardens, restaurants, and grocers that offer locally grown and crafted foods. The 2015 Fall/Winter issue of TasteBuds is newly released and can be found at several area businesses: Lupi’s Pizza, Niedlov’s Breadworks, Urban Stack, Rock City, the Incline Railway, and Whole Foods.
TasteBuds is created and operated by the non-profit, Crabtree Farms, with funding from the Local Food Promotion Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service of the USDA. Proceeds from the TasteBuds Farm Tour car pass sales will benefit the printing of future issues of the free local food guide. More information can be found at http://growchattanooga.org/foodguide or by calling 493-9155, x13.