Durham County

Planning for the weekend? Local farms are opening their doors and you’re invited

Twenty-six farms in Durham, Wake and surrounding counties will participate in the 11th Annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour this weekend. This 2015 photo is from The Piedmont Farm Tour.
Twenty-six farms in Durham, Wake and surrounding counties will participate in the 11th Annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour this weekend. This 2015 photo is from The Piedmont Farm Tour. The News & Observer

Don’t have plans this weekend? Try touring some local farms.

Visitors can get a tour of 26 local “sustainable” farms during the 11th annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24 from 1 to 5 p.m. each day. Visitors may bring coolers and take home some of the products that will be for sale at many of the farms.

The tour will feature farms in Wake, Durham, Franklin and surrounding counties. The tour includes five new farms and five meal stops – at Carolina Farmhouse Dairy in Durham, Prodigal Farm in Durham, Meadow Lane Farm in Louisburg, Fat Radish Farm in Zebulon, and Rare Earth Farms (Sunday only) in Bunn.

Tours will be offered in Spanish Saturday at Raleigh City Farm, Ninja Cow Farm in Raleigh and Chickadee Farms in Clayton.

The tour is self-guided. Visit any farm in any order. Pets are not allowed. This event is rain or shine.

Proceeds from the tour support the work of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

Tour tickets purchased in advance are $30 per car for all farms, all weekend. Day of registration is $35. Or you can just visit one farm for $10. Tickets can be purchased online at www.carolinafarmstewards.org.

Tickets are also available at Weaver Street Market locations in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough; at the Durham Farmers’ Market, 501 Foster St., Durham Co-op Market, 111 W. Chapel Hill St.; at Chatham Marketplace, 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro; and at the Saxapahaw General Store, 1735 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw.

Tickets can also be purchased at any farm on the tour on the day of the tour.

Complete information about the tour and the farms, with interactive maps, driving directions and tour tickets are available at www.carolinafarmstewards.org/etft.

Editor’s note: A separate Piedmont Farm Tour is held each spring which involves farms in Orange, Alamance and Person counties.

Cliff Bellamy: 919-419-6744, @CliffBellamy1

Volunteers needed

If you’re willing to volunteer one afternoon this weekend to help with the tour, you can attend the tour for free.

Volunteers get an insider view of farms and a free t-shirt. Interested? Email khume@carolinafarmstewards.org or call 919-542-2402.

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