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Last weekend, my husband and I went on the Piedmont Farm Tour, which is an annual event sponsored by the Carolina Farm Steward Association.  We went for our first time two years ago and always have a blast!

The tour is self-guided – with over 40 farms to choose from, you pick which ones you want to visit over the weekend and go check them out between the hours of 1-5pm both Saturday and Sunday.  We ended up visiting 6 farms and 1 winery over the two days.

The six farms were:

Chapel Hill Creamery – where we got to see lots of animals and bought some tasty calvander cheese!

Eco Farm – saw lovely produce, turkeys!, mushroom logs, and cute goats

Logs for mushroom growing – lots and lots of logs!

Beautiful swiss chard

Cozi Farm – which had beautiful herds of cows, sheep, a lot! of chickens, and an adorable dog named Eva!  We picked up ribeye steaks (grass fed deliciousness!) and collected our own dozen of eggs

Collecting Eggs

Coon Rock Farm – got a great and very informational tour from the owner of Coon Rock Farm about how they operate – and picked up bratwurst and bacon!

Showing off our Coon Rock purchases

Captain John S. Pope Farm – they raise sheep – and we grabbed lamb dogs for lunch there on Sunday.  Super tasty!

and lastly – Boxcarr Farms – which had, among other things, beehives and their own food truck!

Tire swing at Boxcarr Farms!

and we visited Benjamin Vineyards where we tasted several wines, including one made just from local strawberries called Fraise that was too good to pass up!

I highly recommend checking out the tour next year – and finding any of these farms at local farmer’s markets.  Local, fresh food always tastes better!