Monadnock Farm Tour
Organized by the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition and
Monadnock Travel Council
Saturday, August 26, 2017, 2pm – 6pm
KEENE, NH (7/13/17) — Trained pigs, scavenger hunts for children, border collie sheepherding demonstrations and an antique tractor show, as well as other activities, are sure to entice both young and old to local farms throughout the region during the 2017 Monadnock Farm Tour, Saturday, August 26, 2017, 2pm – 6pm.
Farmers are opening their barns, coops, hoop houses, and pastures to foster a better understanding of their day-to-day lives working to bring food to our tables, thanks in part to a grant from the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food. Organized by the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition (MFCC) and Monadnock Travel Council, the goal of the Farm Tour is to provide rich experiences that are educational and fun for consumers while infusing much needed income into the pockets of local farmers.
“We live in a very rich, diverse, and somewhat undiscovered agricultural region in New England”, according to Roe-Ann Tasoulas, MFCC director. “You can spend the weekend at a farm stay and enjoy a home grown breakfast, go down the road for freshly made cheese, to pick berries, or enjoy a crafted beer. During the Tour, you can learn about cutting-edge growing technology or how to make cider. There is an abundance of opportunities to both buy fresh food and products, and to experience how they are grown and produced.”
The Monadnock Farm Tour offers an endless supply of activities for children to enjoy – egg collecting, make it & take it crafts, milking cows, visiting with miniature horses, goats, sheep, chickens, alpacas, and rescued draft horses, as well as numerous scavenger hunts. Connecting children with how food is grown nurtures an appreciation and respect that food is not indispensible and farms are vital to their future.
Cost for the Monadnock Farm Tour is $5/individual or $10/car. Buttons can be purchased at farms during Farm Tour hours only. All proceeds go to pay for next year’s Monadnock Farm Tour.
Monadnock Farm Tour tips:
- Bring a cooler! You’ll be able to buy produce, eggs, cheese, meat and other farm products at most of the farms
- Plan on visiting 3 to 4 farms, budgeting 1 hour for each
- Please take time to use the hand sanitizer provided at each farm after petting an animal. Some farms may ask to disifect shoes to prevent farm-to-farm transmission of germs that might stick to shoes
- Bring sunscreen, hats, bug dope, water and cash
Rules: No pets allowed, no visiting farms after hours, no entering farm homes.
Interactive map and downloadable brochure available at: http://www.mfcommunitycoalition.org/farmtour
MONADNOCK FARM AND COMMUNITY COALITION is a regional coalition of 73 member organizations who meet quarterly to cultivate community action and build collaborations supportive of a robust, sustainable local food system throughout the Monadnock Region.
Learn more at www.mfcommunitycoalition.org
THE MONADNOCK TRAVEL COUNCIL was founded in 1990 to provide a comprehensive travel promotion program for the Monadnock Region tourism related businesses. The travel council provides a forum for communication in the Monadnock Region and to represent the region to other regions in New Hampshire, statewide, nationally and internationally. http://www.monadnocktravel.com