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The 2016 Midlands Farm Tour: Local farms, local flavor, local fun!

From strawberries, to honey; heirlooms to heritage hogs – this year’s Midlands Farm Tour has local variety at its best! The Midlands Food Alliance invites you to meet our local farmers on their farms and learn about the importance of supporting them!

The 2016 Midlands Farm Tour will be held Saturday, May 21st from 11:00 am until 6:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for all farms included on the tour; with $10 early-bird tickets available until May 1st. Children under 10, WIC, SNAP and EBT beneficiaries and families are admitted to the entire tour free of charge with proof of eligibility! Purchase tickets or signup to volunteer at www.MidlandsFarmTour.com.midlands farm tour 2

The tour is a self-guided, one day event. At each farm you can meet the farmers and staff, their family and staff, tour the property, explore what is harvested, and ask questions. Be sure to also sign the Local Food Pledge at any farm stop on the tour, committing to spend $10 weekly on SC-grown products and support food systems planning in county and municipal plans. Please note that some farms have livestock and honeybees on premises. Most farms will have goods for sale and a variety of items to sample!

The Midlands Farm to Restaurant Week will be held May 13th-21st leading up to the Midlands Farm Tour. Local restaurants will serve special menu items from farms participating in the Midlands Farm Tour.

midlands farm tour 3Want to Volunteer on the tour?  50 volunteers like YOU are needed to make this event possible.  It’s so fun and easy!  The farmers will be busy conducting tours, so volunteers are needed at every farm to check in guests, sell passes, and act as friendly ambassadors.There are two volunteer shifts: 10:30 – 2:45 & 2:30-6:30. You’ll receive a pass to check out other farms on the tour when it’s not your shift! All official volunteers will be invited to the Farmer Potluck on May 12th out at Mercer House Estate Winery and also receive a wonderful, all new farm tour t-shirt. There will be a volunteer training a week prior to the tour. Register to Volunteer HERE.

For more information, please email MidlandsFoodAlliance@gmail.com or call 803- 470-4302.

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