Tours

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1:00pm - 5:30pm 

Cheese tasting included, but not lunch

All Transportation included

"$75 pp

*Plus Taxes & Fees

BYO Wine/Beer to enjoy during the cheese tasting

9:30am - 3:45pm

Lunch included with this tour

All Transportation included

$99 pp

*Plus Taxes & Fees

Wine/Beer available for purchase during lunch

10:30am - 3:45pm

Lunch included with this tour

All Transportation included

$99 pp

*Plus Taxes & Fees

     BYO Wine/Beer to enjoy with cheese tasting and/or with lunch

9:20am - 3:00pm

Lunch Included with this Tour!

All Transportation included

$125 pp

*Plus Taxes & Fees

You may be able to bring your own wine or beer to enjoy with your lunch
Please check with us for confirmation

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How does the day generally flow?

  • We meet at different times on different days, as early as 9:30 and as late as 1:00pm. Check specific tours for specific hours
  • Our tours visit two to three farms where we enjoy  the farmer’s  personally guided tour
  • Locally made snacks, ice cold water, both still and sparkling are served throughout
  • Many farms have a store we can visit and purchase fresh items at their source
  • Ample space is provided for any purchases in chilled ice chests in the van
  • Listen, learn and enjoy,  as the farmers share their passion and knowledge
  • On full day tours, around 2PM, the Chef prepares a lunch with ingredients from the farms we just visited.  Celebrating the age-old tradition of community and fresh wholesome ingredients, our farm-to-table meal is a meaningful conclusion to a day of fun
  • Arrival back in Asheville varies daily and can be as early as 3:00pm and as late as 5:300pm. Please check on specific tour days for more information

Farmers & Flavors of Appalachia Tour

 

Beginning Spring 2019 Farm Tour Details:

We meet at 9:30am for the The Farmers and Flavors of Appalachia Tour and head 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)

 

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Cheese, Glass, Flower Blast Experience Tour

Participating Farms:

 

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)

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Farm Tour Details:

Enjoy a special Saturday afternoon. Begin  your adventure at one of two local creameries, Round Mountain Creamery or Looking Glass Creamery. At Round Mountain Creamery they raise friendly nubian and alpine goats who produce delicious grade A milk with which they produce flavorful soft goat cheeses. Looking Glass Creamery specializes in cow's milk cheese from their farm and dairy in Rutherford County. Their award winning cheeses are absolutely scrumptious!  Both creamery visits include a tasting of these truly special cheeses.

The creameries have cheese for sale that you can take home with you. You may also bring your own wine to enjoy at Round Mountain Creamery during the tasting.  At Looking Glass Creamery, they have wine available for purchase.

Our next stop will be either a boutique rum and gin distillery or a small, unique, local, family owned Brewery.  You will have the opportunity to sample these tasty beverages at both of these unique local spots! In addition to the sampling, their beverages are also available for purchase to take home with you!

Born on The Mountain, Raised in The Valley Tour

Farm Tour Details:

On Wednesdays begin your adventure  just after lunch, when we  head to Round Mountain Creamery

At Round Mountain Creamery they lovingly raise friendly nubian and alpine goats. These goats produce delicious grade A milk from which they produce several types of flavorful soft goat cheeses on site. Enjoy meeting these wonderful animals, and if it is the right time, we might even get to feed the cute baby goats! Enjoy touring the milking parlor and peeking at the cheese making operation. This creamery visit always includes a tasting of these truly special cheeses. You may also bring your own wine to enjoy during the cheese tasting.

Round mountain Creamery also has cheese available for purchase that you can take home with you.

From Round Mountain Creamery we head over the hills to Her Heartbeat Farm, managed by Wind and Marty Carrier. This picturesque farm is nestled in a mountain valley just south of Old Fort.  They focus on raising heirloom produce, berries, and heritage chickens that are pastured and on organic feed.  They believe in living with the land, thus taking care of the Earth's heartbeat, after all, hers is the heartbeat of all living things!  Before coming to Old Fort, Wind and Marty raised and farmed with Belgian draft horses, but have scaled down to a small, 7 acre, cozy farm.

You will find their produce and eggs at the Black Mountain and Marion Tailgate Markets, and in their multifarm CSA shares.  They also have an art studio on the farm where they handcraft leather goods and rawhide ceremonial hand drums which are also available at the markets they attend.

We arrive back in Asheville about 5:30PM

(Occasionally different farms may be substituted)

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About Us

An authentic and entertaining 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

Email: avlfarmtabletours@gmail.com

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