Tallahassee, FL (PressExposure) September 08, 2011 -- By Cristin Burns, New Leaf Market Marketing Manager
Local agriculture gets the attention it deserves in New Leaf Market's 4th Annual Farm Tour, October 15& 16, 2011. Thirty farms and gardens in North Florida and South Georgia are opening their doors to the public. This once-a-year opportunity, featuring 6 new farms and gardens, is the best way to get to know the people behind your food and to experience organic and all natural farming firsthand.
Each farm determines their hours and activities so there is a wide variety of animals to see, things to do, and delicious things to eat. Tour working dairies, ranches, orchards, gardens and farms. Feel like going fishing? Perhaps you'd like to attend a pig roast , or learn about micro-farming? We've got you covered.
When you think of barnyard animals you probably think of chickens and cows, but how about, bees, fainting goats, bats or heritage turkeys? Take your pick!
And of course, there is the food. You won't find fresher produce, eggs, beef, pork, goat, lamb, or homemade baked goods. Artisan cheese, honey and preserves make great gifts. Several farms will be selling lunch, or bring a picnic and enjoy the scenery.
The Farm Tour is designed for the whole family. Hayrides, hands-on activities, petting zoos, restrooms and available food ensure that families can comfortably enjoy farm life.
As The Tour grows, certain concentrations of farms are apparent. Monticello, Florida is becoming a local hub with seven farms participating, all within a few miles of one another. If you're looking to make the most of your time on The Tour, choose an area with several farms or follow a suggested tour that takes into account each farm's hours, activities and location.
Supporting local agriculture is a win-win situation. Local food is inherently fresher, and thereby tastier and more nutritious, than food that has journeyed far to reach your plate. It helps the economy; money spent on local products stays in your area as it supports local farmers and retailers. And it's also the only way to ensure that small farms remain part of our local landscape.
New Leaf Market carries local produce, yogurt, milk, cheese, honey, pecans, bread and body care. The Farm Tour allows New Leaf Market to extend its support beyond the products in the store and highlight the men and women who work hard to produce high-quality natural products.
Details and a detailed brochure coming in September 2011 Visit http://www.newleafmarket.coop or follow us on Facebook to stay abreast of the developments.