Farms

We are pleased to have the following stops this tour. Use our maps and brochure to plan your route!

Allee’Bubba FarmPhoto-Camera-white-round-32

3600 Wendy Lane, Concord NC
Saturday Sept. 27, 12-6 PM
Certified Organic Farm with produce, fruit, honeybees, worms, horses, endangered heritage chickens, ducks and geese located on our family’s NC Century Farm. We will have meat, eggs, produce, pears and ice cream (we saved some of our organic strawberries from earlier this year), all raised on our farm and in our NC Sustainable Poultry Network.

Products: fresh worm castings, worm casting extracts, meat, eggs, produce, heirloom pears (weather permitting), fresh churned ice cream and food samples.

Activities: Sample cooked products, horse shoe painting, feed chickens and ducks, ride horse (horse will be led on a rope) (all $), milk our wood cow. See our worms and worm harvest and poultry brood house with youngest birds. We hope to have a honeybee observation hive on display too.

Thomas Bee Farm

1820 Azalea Avenue, Concord NC
Saturday, Sept. 27, 12-6 PM
We are a small beekeeping family farm, in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. We are currently producing a few hundred pounds of Certified North Carolina honey each year. For those looking for local honey, our hives are all located with in Cabarrus County.

Products: Local honey

Activities: Observation hive and bee equipment show-n-tell

Apple Orchard Farm

640 Mariposa Road, Stanley NC
Saturday, Sept. 27, 12-6 PM
AOF is a working small farm and considered a model small farm. They are educators and mentors for other individuals who want to farm. AOF uses environmentally safe growing practices and has a long-term strategy to be totally self-sustaining including the use of solar energy and wind power. AOF raises Black Angus cattle and heritage breed hogs along with heirloom garden plants. AOF is a NC Certified Meat Handler, NC Certified Bee Keeper and is a NC Certified Roadside Farm Market. Their primary products are their all natural meats and honey. All tours are hosted and led by Farmer Art and generally take about 45 minutes to an hour. Free roaming of the farm is not allowed. We try to start group tours every hour on the hour. It is suggested that visitors try to time their arrival to coincide with the top of each hour, e.g., 12, 1, 2, 3, etc.

Products: ground beef, steaks, roasts, sausage, pork chops, BBQ ribs, and more

Activities: See and feed farm animals including cows, pigs, chickens and horses. Tour also includes a teaching session about the importance of honey bees and pollination. Children will also get a free honey sample.

Eats: Honey sampling will be available

Good Karma Ranch Alpacas

1041 Brevard Place Rd, Iron Station NC
Saturday, Sept. 27, 12-6 PM
Good Karma Ranch is a working alpaca farm. We raise alpacas to use their luxurious fiber to make garments, socks, throw blankets, ornaments and much more.

Products: alpaca fiber apparel (socks, hats, mittens, sweaters, coats, sock monkeys, etc.), alpaca compost.

Activities: We will do our best to allow children to touch alpacas throughout the day. There will be coloring pages and verbal education about the process of raising alpacas.

Ellis Farms

1206 Confederate Rd, Lincolnton NC
Saturday, Sept. 27, 12-6 PM
Ellis Farms is a small, family owned “farmette” located in Lincolnton, NC in Lincoln County where we raise chickens, dairy goats, pigs, seasonal produce, and sorghum. What began as “Let’s get some chickens” has slowly evolved into a love of all things dealing with living off the land. We have fun learning, experiencing, creating, and spending time together as a family.

Products: Fall Produce- Lettuces, Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli, Fresh Eggs, etc. Ellis Farms molasses will be available for sale. Our molasses is made using traditional methods passed down over 75 years.

Activities: Visit with Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. Milking demonstration. See different varieties of chickens and eggs. Molasses making demonstration.

Birdbrain Ostrich Ranch

6691 Little Mountain Rd Sherrills Ford, NC
Sunday, Sept. 28, 12-6 PM
Come visit our dinosaurs! Something for all ages! Feed the ostrich their dinosaur food! Learn more about an ostrich than you ever thought possible!

Products: ostrich meat, eggs, shells, soap, dog bones

Activities: kids can paint a piece of eggshell ($). Put it on a wall or wear it as a necklace.

Eats: Samples

Shady Oaks Farms

3487 Yount Rd, Newton NC
Sunday, Sept. 28, 12-6 PM
We offer u-pick blueberries as well as fruit and vegetable crops, free-range eggs and honey. We do tours of the honey production house and the farm in general.

Products: Frozen Blueberries, Honey, Free-range eggs, vegetables, fall squash

Activities: We will have a bluegrass band and a gourmet cooking demonstrating amoung other things.

Eats: baked goods ($)

Devine Farms

2675 St. James Church Rd., Newton NC
Sunday, Sept. 28, 12-6 PM
Devine Farms is a 133 acre family owned and operated farm in Catawba County. We own and operate a 6 house modern poultry facitily, along with raising cattle, sheep, goats, produce, corn & several acres for pumpkins. We also open part of the farm as an educational farm where folks get a better understanding of how everything revolves around & starts with agriculture. Our hopes are that when you leave you feel like you’ve gained a better understanding of all forms of agriulture, how it effects your everyday life and have a greater appreciation for the American Farmer.

Products: local produce, pumpkins, Indian Corn, corn stalks and other fall decorating items.

Activities: Farm animals & scavenger hunt through the educational barn, wagon ride through pumpkin field, play on the farm play yard, pumpkin life cycle activity. Corn maze ($)

Eats: Pre-packaged snacks & drinks – ($)

Clearview Farms

605 Lynch Road, Lincolnton NC
Sunday, Sept. 28, 12-6 PM
We are a small family owned and operated farm. We do not use antibiotics or hormones or preservatives in our animals. Our animals live as stress-free of a life as we possibly can provide. Our egg laying chickens roam freely during the day and settle in for the night on their roost. We close the door to this area for predator protection. We use segmented pastures to rotate our animals as much as possible to prevent parasitic diseases.

Products: Chicken, pork products, lamb products, cheese products, eggs, rabbits, and beef.

Activities: Children can see the chickens, sheep, turkeys, and pigs.

Eats: free samples and food ($)

Bader Hill Farm

507 Landers Chapel Rd, Lincolnton NC
Sunday, Sept. 28, 12-6 PM
We are a family owned and operated 18 acre farm, raising chickens, ducks and quail for their eggs. Our chickens free range on over 10 acres of wooded area and pasture. Our ducks have a large pond and plenty of space to roam. We believe that happy birds = yummy eggs and we try and provide the most natural and peaceful environment for all of our animals. We also have 4 pet goats and 2 donkeys, a dog and a cat…and everyone gets along : ) We look forward to your visit!

Products: Fresh chicken, duck and quail eggs

Activities: Children are free to visit and pet all of our animals – our donkeys and goats are very friendly. If there are eggs to be collected they might help with that – depends on time of day.

Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm

906 Dallas-Stanley Hwy, Dallas NC
Sunday, Sept. 28, 12-6 PM
We are a local family-owned farm committed to growing high-quality produce while keeping prices affordable. We grow strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pumpkins, vegetables, melons, muscadines, and greens. We use Integrated Pest Management and the latest technologies to ensure our farm is an environmentally-friendly as possible. With our grandson, Ethan, training to take over the business, we are looking forward to providing fresh local food to Gaston County for many years to come.

Products: Carving pumpkins, cooking pumpkins, decorative gourds, muscadines, prize-winner pumpkins

Activities: Hay rides, farm-themed playgrounds including swings, slides, and sand pits, educational exhibits about farming, picnic shelters

Eats: Cider, slushies, cakes, jams, jellies, salsas, candies – ($)

Windy Wool Windings Farm

5247 Plateau Road, Newton NC
Sunday, Sept. 28, 12-6 PM
The Proctor family farm has been in the Proctor family for 95 years. The farm has specialized in high quality Holstein Dairy cows for over 30 years. There is a working dairy on the farm as well as 8 commercial chicken houses, sheep raised for both meat and fine wools, as well as feed crops of corn, wheat, soybeans, oats, alfalfa hay and grass hay. We also have a flock of Montadale and Romeldale sheep which are grazed on the solar farms of Apple, Inc to cut down on the amount of fuel exhaust produced by lawn mowers. The sheep are brought home for lambing then returned to the solar fields.

Products: Frozen lamb and mutton. Some raw wool fleeces, some yarns.

Activities: Farmer-guided educational tours and close animal viewing

Wish We Had Acres

10715 Shopton Rd W Charlotte, NC 28278
Saturday, Sept. 27, 12-6 PM
Wish We Had Acres is a small dairy goat farm with an emphasis on Food as Medicine. Come tour one of the last standing original Mecklenburg County farms in Charlotte. Enjoy the shade of old growth pecan and pear trees, stroll the medicinal and edible gardens, pet a goat, enjoy herbal teas wild crafted from the farm, and a variety of toxic free, locally made, hand crafted, all natural and goat milk products. Meet the goats behind the soap at Atherton Farmers Market!
Dr. Dave and Laura offer classes on herbal medicine, soap making, animal husbandry, and basic homesteading skills.

Products: Our hand made goat milk soap, non-toxic natural bug spray, natural non-toxic deodorant, herbal tinctures, herbal salves, and lip balm.

Activities: Milking demo with glove ballon. Photo booth with the goats. Bobbing for pears/apples. Farm themed face painting. Feed the goats ($)

Eats: Herbal Tea Blends (which dry herb for brewing at home will be for sale), Smoked spear/wild caught fish, Cowpea Chili grown on the farm. All ($).