Tomorrow Jami and I are going to the 3rd Annual North Florida & South Georgia Farm Tour! I can't believe we've never heard of this until now and to be honest, I can't even remember how I found out about it. I'm extremely excited!
The farm tour is being hosted by the New Leaf Market, a cooperatively owned grocery store in Tallahassee, FL. I've only been there once, about a year ago, as it's a good 2 hour drive from my home. It's a wonderful place, chock full of organic and natural grocery items, bulk goods, and herbal supplements. I wish there was a place like this near home! The Farm Tour consists of 36 local farms opening their doors, sharing their knowledge and offering their goods for sale. This is an ultra exciting opportunity to see how these farms work and to pick the brains of those who run them! There are also several workshops you can attend for free or a small price (the highest I've seen was a whopping $5!).
Our main focus on this trip is to visit O'Tooles Organic Herb Farm in Madison, FL. There we will enjoy their vegetable, butterfly and secret gardens, have the opportunity to purchase fall plants, organic gardening supplies and herbal products, and most excitingly visit their two greenhouses and a shade house!!! The greenhouses will be showing the entire process of propagation from plating seeds and making cuttings to mature plants ready to go! There is also a labyrinth the owner built in memory of her husband. How sweet is that?!? It is said to "bring peace and harmony to all who walk its healing path." Oh yea, I'll be walking it a few times!
Time permitting, we'd also like to visit a few other farms in the area....
Deep Roots Meats in Greenville, Fl is an all grass fed, antibiotic/grain/hormone-free angus beef farm. They will be selling their beef products.
Kurtz & Sons Dairy, LLC in Live Oak, Fl is "an all pasture family dairy farm that harvests fresh Florida sunshine as fresh milk, meat and eggs." I love the way these people think. "In cooperation with Mother Nature” is the most healthful, safe and rewarding way to grow any crop, whether it is livestock, wildlife or children. We always believe that the way we produce food makes a difference in us, our livestock, our soil and our environment. Here we celebrate each season of the year as each brings its own changes to our practices and our products. With our farm tours we intend to share these ideas and give our visitors an experience that cannot be found at the theme parks and zoos."
If you are in the area, know someone who is, or just want to check out all the different farms, check it out go here!
I plan on soaking up lots of yummy information, taking lots of pictures, and hopefully I'll be able to video some of the grounds and lectures. If I can talk a sweet friend into uploading them for me I'll share next week! Either way I'm sure I'll have lots to tell :)
Are there any exciting things going on in your area this weekend?