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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.
Farmers & Flavors of Appalachia Tour
Beginning Spring 2019 Farm Tour Details:
The Farmers and Flavors of Appalachia Tour heads north of Asheville into Madison County, NC, known as the Jewel of the Blue Ridge. Our first visit is to Highgate Farm, a Certified Naturally Grown market garden and off-grid homestead located in the scenic Walnut Mountains. This lovely produce farm is nestled creek side in a picturesque valley. Inspired by the traditional French Market Garden, these farmers provide great attention to detail and produce a broad selection of high quality and specialty produce, herbs, and flowers to area tailgate markets, and CSA members. As a small scale CNG farm, their practices are closely aligned with Organic standards, employ a small 4WD and walk-behind tractors, hand tools, drip irrigation, a passive solar propagation house, spun row cover, NOP compliant inputs and integrated pest management (IPM).
From Highgate Farm we travel to beautiful East Fork Farm. Family owned and operated, this farm raises rainbow trout, stone ground cornmeal and grits, grass fed lamb, beef, pork, poultry, farm fresh eggs, all without added hormones or routine antibiotics. Their mission is to employ sustainable farming practices by producing not only superior tasting and healthy products but also preserving and enhancing the ecological health of our farmland and water. Following the farm tour, guests will have the opportunity to visit their wonderful farm store and purchase products directly from the farm.
From East Fork our scenic route takes us southwest into Historic Marshall, NC, the county seat, home to the historic Madison County Courthouse, a Classical Revival style building built in 1907. Just down the street we find our special lunch spot, Star Diner, located in the former 1920s-built old Gulf filling station that has been converted to a cozy dining room with an eclectic atmosphere. Executive Chef Brian Sonoskus & Chef de Cuisine Will Hogancamp have been thrilling patrons since day one with their unique take on traditional dishes. A delicious lunch is provided with the tour. Wine and beer will be available for purchase with the meal.
(Occasionally different farms may be substituted)
Cheese, Glass, Flower Blast 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 Little Round Farmhouse, a small homestead, bakery and farm started in 2015 by Dominic and Dov Deustachio. They bake and sell bread at local farmers markets and festivals. In addition they raise rabbits and chickens for meat, eggs and compost, grow produce for themselves and their community
- Occasionally for lunch, we visit either the Straightaway Cafe or Roots and Fruits
- Straightaway Cafe, a cafe, pub, and music venue set in the twisted pastoral farmland of highway 9 is about fostering community with humans near and far using our passions for good music, good food, and good service. We do five free family-friendly music shows a week. We're proud to serve local meats and produce
- Roots and Fruits 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)
The Art & Agriculture Adventure Tour
Farm & Art Tour Details:
- This wonderful tour is a collaboration between Art Connections and Asheville Farm To Table Tours
- Every Saturday afternoon
- Duration is approximately 4 hours
- Tour includes a cheese tasting, but does not include lunch
- Saturday tours begin at 1PM where we start by visiting a local artist's studio! Artists are passionate about sharing what they do. We’ll meet the artist and get a guided look at the studio. This will be an opportunity to learn some of the processes the artist specializes in.
- Next we head to one of several wonderful local creameries, either Round Mountain Creamery, Blue Ridge 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.
- Because Saturdays are quite busy for artists and creameries alike, we cannot guarantee in advance which artist or creamery we will visit. If you have a specific type of artist and/or creamery you want to visit, please reach out to discuss prior to booking.
An Asheville Farm to Table Tour Makes the Perfect Gift!
Visit Appalachian Family Farms
Enjoy a personally guided experience as you and a small group discover unique family farms in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Meet Local Farmers
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
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
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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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.
Visited May 2016
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 !
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.
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.
Visited May 2016
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.
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...
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!
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.
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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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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A fun and enriching guided tour adventure where sustainable farmers share their passion and knowledge. Full day tours include a farm sourced lunch and afternoon tours include a tasting.
Address: Asheville, North Carolina
Phone: 📞 828-357-7343