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Your Guided Farm To Fork Adventure

 

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Visit Appalachian Family Farms

Entertaining | Engaging | Delicious

Meet Local Farmers

Local farmers share their passion and knowledge.

Taste Local Food

Food never tested so fresh and delicious as when enjoyed straight from the farm!  

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"$75 pp

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$99 pp

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$99 pp

*Plus Taxes & Fees

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$75 pp

*Plus Taxes & Fees

Farmers & Flavors of Appalachia Tour

Participating Farms:

Farm Tour Details:

We meet at 9:30 for the tour and head north to Madison County, known as the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge”, it offers visitors majestic natural beauty combined with a rich Appalachian heritage of farming and traditional music.

Our tour usually starts at beautiful Highgate Farm where produce, as delicious as it is beautiful, is grown following organic practices in a reclaimed old tobacco field. During certain seasons there will be over eight types of lettuce and over eight different types of peppers in the field.

Our other stop on this tour is either East Fork Farm or Carolina Bison Farm, both places are a joy to see.  Carolina Bison offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with Buffalo, Watusi cattle, and Camels! East Fork Farm is a beautiful farm where they raise laying hens, chicken, sheep, beef, trout, cattle and rabbits. To top it off they have a working gristmill where they grind heritage corn into corn meal and grits.  Both locations have products available for sale.

The last stop of our day is a visit with Chef Sebastiaan at his homestead and 1oo year old farm house. He and his wife Ariel follow organic practices in raising fruits, vegetables, chickens, rabbits and bees. After a tour Chef Sebastiaan prepares a delicious, fresher than fresh, Farm To Table lunch with ingredients from his homestead and some of the other farms you visited. We eat this fabulous meal alfresco in the beautiful garden as long as the weather holds.

(Occasionally different farms may be substituted)

 

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Cheese, Glass, Flower Blast : Fairview Experience Tour

Farm Tour Details:

 

  • 10:30 Meet for the tour and greet your fellow farm adventurers
  • First settled around 1783, Fairview, only slightly larger than six square miles, is an area rich in history, beauty and multi generational farming
  • Our first stop is the very special Flying Cloud Farm where they grow vegetables, berries, and flowers using sustainable methods without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides.
  • Next stop is Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery a truly special place conceived of by artist Victor Chiarizia.  The handmade cheese created by Victor and his staff reflect traditional techniques with a flair of ingenuity. Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery is the only creamery in Western North Carolina that ages cheese in a natural rock-wall cave carved out of the land.  Victor’s artistic talent also makes itself known with his glass sculptures that decorate the landscape. Visitors receive a guided tour of where the cheese is made, visit the cave where the cheese is aged, and are rewarded with a tasting of some of the creameries best cheeses.  A visit to Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. Victor’s cheeses are available for purchase and you may bring your own wine to enjoy during the cheese tasting.
  • For lunch, we visit Roots and Fruits, whose mission is to help build a local food community by working with local farmers and producers to supply a small neighborhood market.  At less then a quarter acre they've created the garden as a large educational part of their business. Not only do they produce enough food to sell in the market and cook in the kitchen but it demonstrates where food actually comes from, the earth. They use organic practices and many permaculture based concepts,  raise chickens for eggs, grow annuals, perennials, fruit trees, and grow all year long through large and small hoop house cold frames.
  • Between 3:15 and 3:30 we are back in the van for a 3:45 -4:30 arrival back in Asheville

(Occasionally different farms may be substituted)

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The Land of Cream & Craft Beer Tour (Mini Tour)

Farm Tour Details:

  • Every Saturday afternoon
  • Duration is approximately 4  hours
  • Saturday tours begin at 1PM where we head to one of two wonderful local creameries, either Round Mountain Creamery or Looking Glass Creamery. Round Mountain Creamery is a picturesque dairy goat farm where they raise both Alpine and La Mancha goats with love and produce Grade A goat's milk and fresh goat cheeses. Visit the milking parlor, meet the goats, see the bottling and cheese making operations and enjoy a cheese tasting.
  • After a tour and tasting at the creamery we head to Turgua Brewing. Owner Phil grew up in Venezuela where he began brewing  roughly 30 years ago in a region named Turgua, loosely translating to “Valley of the Birds”. Phil's land features a humble building that he has turned into 3 barrel system with a tasting room.  This property that already had established apple, cherry and hazelnut trees, and mature blueberry bushes, then Phil added pawpaw and chestnut trees, chokecherries, raspberries, strawberries, goumi berries, and kiwis, inoculated logs with shiitakes, reishi, lion’s mane, and blue oyster mushrooms. They tend a garden with cooking herbs as well as medicinal herbs and multiple gardens for raising food for just good eats
  • This tour is for those 21 and older

 

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Born on a Mountain, Raised in a Cave: The Cave-Aged Cheese Tour

Farm Tour Details:

  • Every Wednesday afternoon
  • Duration is approximately 3 -4  hours

We first head down the road to Fairview and Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery, a truly special place conceived of by artist Victor Chiarizia.  The handmade cheese created by Victor and his staff reflect traditional techniques with a flair of ingenuity. Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery is the only creamery in Western North Carolina that ages cheese in a natural rock-wall cave carved out of the land.  Victor’s artistic talent also makes itself known with his glass sculptures that decorate the landscape. Visitors receive a guided tour of where the cheese is made, visit the cave where the cheese is aged, and are rewarded with a tasting of some of the creameries best cheeses.  A visit to Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. Victor’s cheeses are available for purchase and you may bring your own wine to enjoy during the cheese tasting.

Next stop is Round Mountain Creamery, a picturesque dairy goat farm where they raise both Alpine and La Mancha goats with love and produce Grade A goat's milk and fresh goat cheeses. Visit the milking parlor, meet the goats, see the bottling and cheese making operations and enjoy a cheese tasting.

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An Asheville Farm to Table Tour Makes the Perfect Gift!

Visit Appalachian Family Farms

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Enjoy a personally guided experience as you and a small group discover unique family farms in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Meet Local Farmers

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Gain a true appreciation of where food comes from when you meet the farmers and their families of beautiful Western North Carolina.

Taste Local Food

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Food never tasted so fresh and delicious as when you enjoy it straight from the farms you visit.

What Our Customers Are Saying:

We had a great day with Anne on the farm to table tour.  . My boys really enjoyed seeing all the baby animals. The last farm was a small vegetable farm owned by a chef and his wife. He made us a DELICIOUS lunch all from his garden or local farms.  We all enjoyed the tour including my 13 and 11 year old boys. Read full review at Trip Advisor

Visited July 2016
Lisa K         

We got to see three farms, meet the people who owned them and did the work.  This was topped off by a delicious lunch. I eagerly recommend this tour to everyone.
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Visited July 2016
Frank C        

Visiting the farms and Spinning Spider Creamery was more interesting than I had expected. Very glad my wife recommended the tour. Then we went to a very small farm and had a first class meal there.

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Visited May 2016
Bob Ward

What a fantastic tour to Asheville area farms!  We were treated to tastes at the farms and then ended with a great lunch. The farmers were wonderful and made time to answer questions.  What a great addition to Asheville tourism !

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Visited July 2016
Christine S C  

I had a wonderful time visiting three great farms in Madison county, the day could not have been much better really! Was lovely and relaxing and we ended up with full bellies, one of the best meals I've ever had...will definitely do it again and highly recommend.

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Visited June 2016

Thank you so much for today... Just WOW! We really enjoyed the Farm to Table tour, and all that you put into making this a unique experience. From exploring a working farm, to watching cheese being made to having the combination of all three in an amazing meal prepared at a homestead. This will be an experience we won't forget.

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Visited May 2016
Mary Miller

Great experience! Ann is knowledgeable and has put together a well balanced fun as well as delicious day! A 'must do' whether you consider yourself a foodie or not.

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Visited June 2016
Kyle R         

We had a wonderful day visiting 3 gorgeous Fairview farms on our tour. We saw flowers and veggies, tasted amazing cave-aged raw milk cows's cheese, and ended visiting the baby goats and chickens at Hickory Nut Gap. Lunch was delicious. Highly recommended...

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Visited May 2016
Erin W        

Ann is the perfect guide to a full-filled day. We visited three beautiful farms and enjoyed a fabulous feast at the end of our journey. This is a tour you will not want to miss!

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Visited June 2016
Randy         

Had a great time visiting a small ranch farm, a goat farm cheese creamery, and a homesteaded farm where we had a delicious meal prepared from all local veggies, meats, and cheeses. Family visitors plan to do this tour when they arrive this summer.

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Visited May 2016
RB Ward       

What a unique experience!  Such a beautiful drive thru the countryside of Madison County which is easy to see fits the tag, "Jewel of the Blue Ridge".  Sebastian, a young professional Chef from Holland and New York, prepared a delicious lunch for us in his kitchen that included ingredients from each of the farms we visited What a enjoyable day………
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Visited May 2016
Brenda W    

The tour of the farms was wonderful. Seeing the beautiful WNC countryside, hearing about the farms directly from the farmers and then enjoying a fantastic meal crafted from the local ingredients made for a very special day!

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Visited May 2016
Mary Z         

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A fun and enriching guided tour adventure and farm sourced lunch, where sustainable farmers share their passion and knowledge.

Address: Asheville, North Carolina

Phone: 📞  828-357-7343

Email: avlfarmtabletours@gmail.com

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