Ever wonder where your food comes from? Across the country, it’s becoming more and more likely it originated on a small farm. There are a growing number of small family farms on the Iron Range, producing everything from peas to pork. Check out this series of free farm and garden tours this summer to forge a greater connection with your food! Farmers are friendly people who love to talk about what they do for a living. You’ll have a great afternoon in the sun, learn a lot, and go home with some new ideas!
Events will be about 1 hour long, including time for plenty of questions. Participation is limited to 30 people for each tour, please RSVP for each event and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sturdy shoes or boots are recommended!
Farming in the North Country: Missy Bakker Roach of Bear River Farm near Cook grew up in the city but always knew she wanted to have a farm – and do chores. Today she and her family raise a wide variety of vegetables and poultry, all in the chilly northern growing climate. The family grows a good deal of their own food, plus enough to sell at the Cook Farmers Market, open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit the market, and then visit Missy’s farm for a tour on Saturday, July 21 at 3 p.m. Directions: Highway 53 north from Virginia, turn left at Highway 22, the Angora Post Office. Drive until you reach Highway 5, the Viking Bar, turn right and drive north to Bear River Farm, fire number 1544.
Season extension and beekeeping: There’s a little bit of everything at Fat Chicken Farm in Embarrass. Janna Goerdt will talk about keeping bees, raising free-range turkeys, and using large hoophouses to extend the short growing season. Tour the hoophouses, pick a few ripe tomatoes, and take a close-up look at a beehive (if you want to!) on Saturday, August 18 at 3 p.m. Directions: Highway 169 north fromVirginia, turn right at Highway 21 towards Embarrass. Drive 3 miles, turn left on Pike Road. After 1 mile, turn right on Taylor Road. Fat Chicken Farm is at 6362 Taylor Road.