Hundreds turned out to visit Midlands local farm sites for the Midlands Food Alliance’s Farm Tour held May 21st. The event would not have been possible without the generous support of the US Department of Agriculture, farm tour sponsors, volunteers, media partners, and Midlands farmers who opened up their homes and businesses to teach Midlands residents about producing food locally. Visit www.MidlandsFarmTour.com to check out the farms that were on the tour as well as see photos from the day.
Farmers on this year’s tour received generous media attention throughout the Midlands leading up to the tour and were connected with consumers and restaurants who they’d never sold product to before. Sustainable Midlands coordinated the Midlands Farm To Fork Restaurant Week the week prior to the tour where foods produced in the Midlands were highlighted and celebrated on menus at The Oak Table, Bourbon Columbia, Rosso Trattoria, Jake’s on Devine, Rosewood Market and Deli, Cantina 76,Columbia Marriott- Midlands Restaurant, Motor Supply, Yesterday’s Restaurant and Tavern, Solstice Kitchen, Terra, Gervais & Vine, Wired Goat Vista, Dupre Catering & Events, Arabesque on Devine, Spotted Salamander Catering, and Juniper.
The Midlands Food Alliance looks forward to hosting next year’s farm tour in another part of the Midlands and supports other farm tours such as the Ag & Art Tour expanding more into the Midlands. The Ag & Art Tour will be held each weekend in June throughout different regions of South Carolina. Saturday June 18th and Sunday June 19th, the Ag & Art Tour will be in two Midlands counties. Find out more at www.AgandArtTour.com.
Developing last year’s Midlands Farm and Food Guide and this year’s farm tour were The Midlands Food Alliance’s first two initiatives with the next Midlands Farm and Food Guide to be released at this year’s Tasty Tomato Festival hosted by Sustainable Midlands at City Roots on July 16th. The Midlands Farm and Food Guide will also be downloadable online as well as distributed at Midlands farmers markets this summer and fall. The Midlands Food Alliance is a working group of farmers, chefs, and eaters who care about local food production who advocate and educate for a sustainable, equitable, localized food system in the Midlands of South Carolina.
The Midlands Food Alliance hosts quarterly potlucks in Columbia as well as potlucks in different counties throughout the Midlands to strengthen the network of farmers, chefs, and eaters who care about local food production. The next quarterly regional potluck will be held August 9th with the topic being Farm Labor.
Sign up HERE for the Midlands Food Alliance Newsletter to hear about potlucks and events as well as next year’s farm tour.