• Tours of family farms – A great way to support local agriculture is Customer Supported Agriculture (CSA). CSA is a program that provides farm-fresh goods from local farmers directly to customers in produce boxes on a weekly basis during prime growing seasons. Most CSA farms are run by local families
who offer tours, demonstrations and tastings of their farm-fresh resources. Consider seeking out local CSA farms in your area and ask if they offer visits or tours. Family farm tours could include any of the following: produce, dairy products, meats, fish, and/or fresh honey and eggs.
• Orchards/patches of various kinds – We often learn best by DOING! Consider looking for activities that allow for family time while performing a task such as picking strawberries, apples or even pumpkins. You might even go home with a bushel full of goodness!
• Local trademark goods – Most towns are well-known for something… if you are traveling about the United States this summer, try to find ways to incorporate local traditions or cuisines into your vacation activities. For example, cheese-making is still considered an artisan craft in many areas. Many local, family-owned cheesemakers take lots of pride in how their products are made and will offer demonstrations of the process as well as offer samples.
• Nature retreats – Family farms usually come with them some truly spectacular scenery. Owners have taken advantage of this and have started offering their properties up for trail rides, and hiking paths. Likely these options will have more than one attraction. Here you might find fresh yogurt, hiking trails and a barnyard petting zoo!
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