We are thrilled to announce the first annual Ozark Natural Foods’ Tour de Farm, a weekend where our owners can visit nine local farms, meet the farmers, view different demonstrations at each site, taste products grown on the farm and literally tour de farm! Many of our owners place a premium value on being able to buy local produce from our store and we would like a way to connect our owners more closely with our local producers.
The tours will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 & 18. Each farm will be open for two hours and the visits will include a tour, demonstration, snacks, and a time for questions and discussion. You can visit as many farms as you would like. Here is a list of the farms and the schedule for the tours:
Saturday, May 17th
9:00-11:00am: Herbal Simplicity with Bean Mountain Farms
317 E. Huntsville Rd, Fayetteville
Learn about herb gardening and cold frame construction.
10:00am-12:00pm: Harmony Gardens
8779 W Forest Hills Dr, Fayetteville
Learn about structured water, paramagnetic rock, and brix nutrition.
1:00pm-3:00pm: Tri-Cycle Farm
1691 N. Garland Ave, Fayetteville
Learn about composting, container gardening, soldier flies and chemical-free community farming.
4:00pm-6:00pm: Ozark Alternatives
Learn about straw-bale greenhouses, community supported agriculture, hoop houses and four season farming.
Sunday, May 18th
9:00am-11:00am: Across the Creek Farm
3106 W. Pear Lane, Greenland
Learn about pasture poultry.
9:00am-11:00am: Cobblestone Farm
5298-5526 W Wedington Dr, Fayetteville
Learn about their farm-to-school program.
11:30am-1:30pm: Ansel’s Produce
Pear Lane, Greenland
Learn about starting a farm and the next generation of farmers.
1:00pm-3:00pm: Ames Orchard
18292 Wildlife Rd, Fayetteville
Learn about backyard fruit production.
Tour de Farms is a free event but owners wanting to participate will need to register by May 3rd at our Owner Services Desk. Each participant will need to pick up a Tour de Farm passport the week of the event, which will include a map and a place where you can get stamped when you visit a farm. After you’re done with your tour, you will be able to turn in the passport at the Co-op. People who visit at least five of the farms will be entered to win a $100 shopping spree, and the person who visits the most farms will win a $150 farm and gardening kit with tools, seeds, soil amendments and other goodies (if several people tie for the most farms visit, we will do a drawing out of those who tied).
So join us on May 17th & 18th and experience first-hand where the food you love comes from. See you there!