Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and taste of Culpeper County on farms in the beautiful Blue Ridge foothills. The event provides a wonderful educational experience and includes a variety of hands on activities and demonstrations. There will be 17 farms and related businesses on this year’s tour (see the listing to the right). Those selected reflect our agricultural heritage and the millions of dollars in production, wages, and salaries generated by the agricultural industry in our county and state.
This year’s Farm Tour has both traditional and unique farm sites. In celebration of the Sesquicentennial, which marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, The Farm Tour has added a few new farms that offer a glimpse of how farming has evolved through the years.
The tour, a self-guided driving experience, can be started at the Welcome Center located at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises on Route 29.
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The Welcome Center will play host to the Harvest Days Farmer’s Market with a variety of fresh produce and meats, flowers, perennials and pumpkins. In addition, on Saturday, AG Enterprises and the Culpeper Farm Tour will accommodate Seymour Auctions with a live poultry/small animal auction. Stop by to experience this authentic farm event. Pick up your brochures and giveaways, as well as learn how to win door prizes at the Welcome Center before you head out to meet your local farmer. Also new to the tour this year, a Scavenger Hunt! Details can be found in the brochure so make sure you get one!
For those wishing to get started early on their Farm Tour experience, Mr. Donald McCaig, author of Mr. and Mrs. Dog, a chronicle of two sheepdogs preparing for participation in the World Sheepdog Trials, will speak at the Culpeper Library, Friday, October 4th at 7:00 pm, on his insights of raising sheepdogs for the last twenty-five years.
Be sure to bring your still and video camera to capture the moments! Food and drink are available at various farms. In addition, specific activities at the farms have designated times. Check your brochure for more details, activities and locations.
Click here to download the 2013 Farm Tour Brochure
Check out our 2012 interview with Virginia Living Television