The 25th Annual Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour Kicks Off the Fall Season This Weekend | Agriculture
Celebrating a quarter century, the 25th Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour will take place in the glorious autumnal outdoors at and around 16 agriculture-focused sites this Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18.
The free, self-guided tour by vehicle, on foot, and sometimes, by beast, is sponsored by the Culpeper County Department of Economic Development. It celebrates a way of life for many local people, with more than 600 working farms, according to county council chairman Gary Deal, who wrote the introduction to this year’s Farm Tour brochure.
“At least a third of them depend on farming as their main source of income with large tracts of land given over to livestock, crops, dairy and horses,” he said.
“In contrast, the segment of the greens industry that includes greenhouses, nursery stock, cut flowers, turf and Christmas trees are intensive operations in a relatively small area, but with large responsible economic benefits. of about half of all farm income.”
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Harvest Day Farm Tour participants will have the opportunity to witness, experience, taste, smell, feel and hear a variety of Culpeper County farming activities, as well as the history, demonstrations, activities, live music and more. Pleasure runs 10-5 both days.
Suitable for all ages, the tour features traditional and unique farms in the beautiful Blue Ridge foothills that make up Culpeper County, according to Business Development Coordinator Winona Pritts, Farm Tour Coordinator.
“The event provides a wonderful educational experience and includes an array of hands-on activities and demonstrations.
“The 16 carefully selected farms and agricultural businesses on the tour reflect Culpeper’s unique agricultural industry and the millions of dollars in production, wages and salaries generated across the county and state.”
A good first stop is the Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises Visitor Center on US Route 29. Piedmont railroad workers will be back with their display of antique tractors courtesy of Griffwood Farm, Maple Springs Farm and Rock Hill Farm.
There will be free body art from Sandy’s Face Paint starting at 10-3 Saturday and 10-2 Sunday.
Kona Ice will serve its 10-1 fresh treats Sunday at the Welcome Center. There will be activities for children, a personalized activity book and limited edition farm tour bracelets and stickers for youngsters, as well as 25th anniversary farm tour brochures and apparel.
From there, travel to one of the participating farms as follows: Andora Farm: 17275 Germanna Highway, Culpeper; Bee and Tree Farm: 18028 Carrico Mills Road, Elkwood; Belmont Farm Distillery: 13490 Cedar Run Rd., Culpeper; Central Virginia Horse Rescue: 31262 Eagle Hill Trail, Fredericksburg; George Washington Carver Center: 9432 James Madison Highway, Rapidan; Gobbler Hill Farm: 17354 Carrico Mills Road, Elkwood; Ironwood Farm: 10291 Homeland Road, Rixeyville; Kildee Farms–The Barn: 19295 Batna Rd., Culpeper; Liberty Hall Plantation: 18255 Plantation Loop, Rixeyville; Mountain Run Winery: 10753 Mountain Run Lake Rd., Culpeper; Moving Meadows Farm: 14151 Loyds Lane, Culpeper; Old Trade Brewery & Cidery: 13270 Alanthus Rd., Brandy Station; Look for Lavender: 15528 Bradford Rd., Culpeper; Virginia Bison Co. at Cibola Farms: 10075 Stone Bridge Rd., Culpeper and Windmill Heights Garden Center: 1901 Broad St., Culpeper.
Activities include a Daniel Boone celebration at Andora Farm with colonial craftsmen, black powder rifle demonstration, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, team pen demonstrations and pony rides .
At Bees & Trees, there will be a discussion on the world of bees at 11 a.m. focusing on keeping bees (weather permitting, they will open the hives), noon and 2 p.m.
And listen to bee story time with author Justin Ruger reading his children’s books, “Henry Meets a Honey Bee” and “Honey Teaches Beekeeping to Kids.” Stay for the honey extraction demonstration at 1 p.m. where visitors can taste delicious honey straight from the hive.
At the Carver Center, check out Virginia State University’s Mobile Agricultural Educational Laboratory, which features the latest innovations in agriculture, as well as the sale of Rapidan River Master Gardeners plants.
The Calfee Garden Club in Culpeper will hold flower arrangements at 10:30 a.m. at Gobbler Hill Farm, while Ironwood Farm will hold demonstrations of riding, driving and drafting at 11 a.m. and noon.
Liberty Hall Plantation is hosting a mini-polo clinic while the owner of Moving Meadows Farm will host on-site cooking classes at 11 a.m. The Perfect Steak, 1 p.m. Braised Beef and 3 p.m. Make Juicy Roast Chicken.
At 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both days, Seek Lavender will give a program on discovering Culpeper’s USDA value-added producer, Seek Lavender, and what makes such an operation. Download the app at CulpeperFarmTour.com and on Facebook.