Agritourism: Explore and Discover
Agritourism is a growing interest across the world. Defined as an agricultural based farm or business that is open for public touring and interactive learning or entertaining.
Here in the great state of North Carolina, there are a plethora of opportunities for you and your family to explore and enjoy.
Locally speaking, there are several opportunities for discovery that may go unnoticed.
Mitchell's Nursery and Greenhouse
Mitchell's is a full-service tree and plant nursery that offers tours to groups. Here you will tour the greenhouses and be educated on the growing processes and irrigation. Then you will move on to the nursery, where you will see the hundreds of varieties of trees and shrubs. Mitchell's team of associates will be more than happy to answer questions along the way. A tour typically lasts for 30 minutes. Spring and late summer offer the most activity across the entire nursery, however, mid-November to December offers thousands of poinsettias in full bloom. Certainly, a sight to behold. Tours can be booked at any time. You may book by calling 336-983-4107 or by email at email@example.com
Buffalo Creek Farms
Here you will find a 34-acre goat dairy and will be educated in the processes of cheese making and other day to day operations of a goat dairy. Bring the kids and enjoy the day. Buffalo Creek Farms also has many different types of animals to see on the farm, such as miniature zebu cattle and llamas. To book your tour you may visit their website at BuffaloCreekFarmandCreamery.com for more information.
Plum Granny Farm
On this gently rolling 54 acre farm you will find a USDA certified organic farm where they grow raspberries, blackberries, garlic, ginger some vegetables and many more specialty items. You may book your tour by calling 336-994-2517 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here you will find an expansive vineyard along with the complete process of winemaking from start to finish. The vineyard also offers a restaurant and a retail area. You may call ahead to book your tour 336-366-4724 or visit their website for more information at Sheltonvineyards.com
Located in Dobson, The Farm has something for everyone. It is very kid friendly and is loaded with activities for the entire family. We encourage you to visit The Farm if you are looking for something the whole family can enjoy. They offer pony rides and hay rides and games. you can visit their website at letsgotothefarm.com or call them at336-817-5208
Located at 461 N. South St. Mount Airy NC.
At the distillery, you will see first hand what goes into the process of creating whiskeys. They offer tastings to guests 21 and older. You may book your tour by visiting their website at MayberrySprits.com
Miss Angels Heavenly Pies
This unique bakery is located at 153 North Main St. Mount Airy NC
All of their fruit pies are made from their own seasonal fruits that are grown in their own orchard.
Baking tours will be available Monday -Friday at noon and baking classes are conducted monthly.
You may contact the bakery at missangelsheavenlypiesinc.com or by email at email@example.com or by phone at 336-786-1537
This is just a small list of endless possibilities. If you are interested in exploring all the possibilities you can visit the North Carolina Department of Agriculture's website at VisitNCFarms.com. There are so many working farms that make the world go round and offer education to children and adults everywhere.
I encourage you to check out what your area has to offer and if you are fortunate enough to be able to travel, I suggest you check out the offerings at your destination. Agritourism is an underexplored activity option for families and groups everywhere. Explore and discover with agritourism.