Two autumn weekends to explore farm traditions. Area farms open their doors to welcome you, and experience farm living first hand!
Grab your mud boots and the cooler. Throw the rain gear and an extra sweater in the trunk. Prepare for some good ole, country-style fun – rain or shine. With over sixty events and activities at 14 different venues on the Hill and Valley Exploration Tour, there is something for everyone.
Learn how to shear sheep, harvest honey, groom a show calf, warp a loom, can chutney, buck rivet an airstream, and make wine to name just a few activities on the Hill and Valley Exploration Tour. Along the way, you can fill your cooler with fresh veggies, jellies and preserves, and quality meat purchased directly from the producer at their farm or at our farmers’ market, and shop for vintage goodies.
Find your lunch at the farm-to-fork restaurant on the tour or support one of the local farmers, church groups, or youth groups offering picnic-style food options. For adults, we have evening beer and cheese pairings, wine and cheese pairings, and drawing classes. And to finish off the tour, for the whole family, a barn dance with live music and wood-fired oven pizza! The Hill and Valley Exploration Tour is a celebration of rural living! Learn more at our website: www.explorehillandvalley.com
We will be hosting Fall Color Hayrides Sat & Sun Oct. 7 & 8 at 1 & 3 PM suggested cost $10 /adult or $25/ family with children. Learn canning techniques on Sun Oct. 8 10 AM Canning Chutneys - $20/ person Add layers of flavor with piquant and spicy condiments, made special with your own produce and by your own hands. We will explore chutneys with hands on learning to can these home preserved condiments to take home. Meet the "girls" on Sat. Oct. 14 with Coffee & Chores - Morning farm chores with conversation and light brunch — Join Dorothy and Don Harms for morning feeding chores on their family dairy farm — hands on bottle calf feeding for kids. Are you curious about a farmer’s job producing milk and meat for the public? Farmer Don is willing to share his lifetime of farming experience with you. (ticketed — cost $15/adult, $7/child under 13)