Announcing Regional Agrotourism: Umbrella Market Farm Tours
September 25, 2014
The Uptown Greenville Umbrella Market announces its second annual Umbrella Market Farm Tour on Sunday, September 28 from 10am to 6pm (individual farm times will vary slightly). Six farms will be participating: Mac Meadows (Louisburg), Leggett Farm Organics (Washington), Southside Farms (Chocowinity), Parnell Farms (Williamston), Homegrown Agriculture (Bethel), and Renston Garden Market (Winterville).
“I’ve always known the importance of agriculture to Eastern North Carolina,” said Umbrella Market Manager Robin Ashley, “but organizing the Umbrella Market this season really drove home just how diverse our farms are. I am thrilled these farms leading the local food economy will be opening their doors for the public to see where their food comes from and to learn about farming in the 21st century.”
Though all farms will operate like an open house for the farm tours with people coming and going as they please, how each farm participates is up to them. Some will have activities and offer a more hands-on experience for kids and adults. Mac Meadows, a farm specializing in organic, farm-fed Scottish Highland beef, will even have BBQ chicken fresh off the grill.
Jo Ann Parnell is very excited to continue Parnell Farms’ expansion into agrotourism with this event. The farm is ready to show off their pumpkin patch, old corn shellers, and hand corn meal grinder. There is also a milk the cow simulation, petting zoo, and country store available for guests.
At Renston Garden Market in Winterville, you can take a walking tour of the farm will all-you-can eat muscadine grapes. In addition to great fall vegetables, you can visit the art studio for pottery, paintings, and sculpture. Homegrown Agriculture in Bethel will offer a tour of the farm and guests can take advantage of a discount on freezer items.
“This will be a great opportunity for adults and kids alike,” said Ashley. “Whether you are a local food connoisseur or are interested in learning for yourself or sharing information about our regional producers with your kids, you will come away from these farms with a better understanding of the local foods movement and what it means to be a farmer.”
Participating Farms and their Events:
148 Strange Rd. Louisburg, NC
Open 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
They will have a complete farm tour and some BBQ chicken fresh off the grill.
Renston Garden Market
4024 Hwy 903 South, Winterville, NC
Open 1 – 3:00 pm
Everyone is welcome to take a self-guided walking tour of the farm, which includes fall vegetables, and pick-your-own muscadine grapes that are ready now. All you can eat grapes that day free or take them home $1 per pound you pick, $2 per pound already picked. The studio will be open with some new pottery, paintings, and sculpture on display and for sale. The farm also has 4 acres of blueberry field, apple, and peach orchard, and walking trail under construction through a nice woods.
Leggett Farm Organics
1520 Leggett Rd., Washington, NC
Open 2 – 4:00 pm
2926 Lee Road, Williamston, NC
Open 1 – 5:00 pm.
They have a pumpkin patch, old corn shellers, a hand corn meal grinder, milk the cow simulation, petting zoo, and country store. You can also make your own scare crow (for a fee).
320 Harding Lane, Chocowinity, NC
Open 1 – 5:00 pm
323 E. Washington St, Bethel, NC
Open 1 – 6:00 pm
They will offering a tour discount if Umbrella Marketers choose to shop the freezers. They will also have guided farm tours on foot, weather permitting.