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Area farms open the barn door this weekend

Dave Krabbe and Kathryn Spann’s Prodigal Farm at 4720 Bahama Road in northern Durham County is one of 27 farms on this weekend’s tour.
Dave Krabbe and Kathryn Spann’s Prodigal Farm at 4720 Bahama Road in northern Durham County is one of 27 farms on this weekend’s tour. cliddy@newsobserver.com

The eighth annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will open the barn doors and farm gates of 27 farms in Chatham, Durham, Wake, Franklin, Granville and Person counties. More than 3,000 farm visits were made on the tour last year.

Co-sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Whole Foods Market, this self-guided driving tour is your chance to see how food is grown, taste farm-fresh treats, hang out with farm animals, and meet sustainable farmers.

The tour features urban mini-farms, a goat cheese dairy, lots of friendly Animal Welfare Approved livestock and gorgeous late-summer, organic vegetables, plus honeybee hives, a petting zoo, hayrides and chicken tractors.

This year’s tour features six new farms. Angier Avenue Neighborhood Farm and Sweet Beet City Farm are pioneering urban mini-farms in the heart of Durham. Green Button Farm in Bahama and Cypress Hill Farms in Louisburg showcase sustainably raised livestock and produce. Sun Raised Foods is an innovative solar farm that’s also home to grass-fed sheep.

“This tour is a great way to learn where your food comes from and support the farmer who grows it. It’s also a whole lot of fun,” said Roland McReynolds, CFSA executive director.

The tour also features two educational workshops, which are included in the ticket price:

• Raising Chickens in your Backyard at SEEDS Educational Garden in Durham at 1:15 p.m. Saturday



• Urban Composting at Raleigh City Farm ay 1:15 p.m. Sunday



Tour tickets, good for both days, are $25 per vehicle in advance and $30 on the tour weekend. Or, you can choose to pay $10 per farm (available for purchase at all of the farms during the tour). Tickets can be purchased at carolinafarmstewards.org/etft or at Whole Foods Market.

The tour is self-guided. Choose the farms you want to visit on the interactive map at carolinafarmstewards.org/etft to plan your tour. Visit any farm in any order. No pets allowed. The tour is rain or shine. Proceeds from the tour support the work of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association .

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