Loudoun farmers interested in participating in the 2016 Fall Farm Tour have just two weeks left to apply.
This year’s showcase of the county’s agricultural industry will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16.
The popular autumn tour draws the public to visit a wide diversity of farms and rural businesses, enjoying the opportunity to pick their own produce, sample locally produced food and taste local wines and craft beverages, watch demonstrations, as well as ride and feed farm animals, and relax on hay rides.
In a statement welcoming farmers’ applications, Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer said, “Western Loudoun is the county’s agricultural business district, and part of our mission is to grow Loudoun’s agricultural economy.” The county uses the annual tour to help farm businesses by introducing them to new customers.
Agricultural Development Officer Kellie Hinkle noted the $37 million in Loudoun-grown products that are sold every year.
“We’re working to top $40 million by 2020,” Hinkle said, noting that promoting those products through the tour is one more way to keep customers buying throughout the year.
Farms on tour will be promoted through a printed brochure distributed around the county and through web and social media sites, according to the Department of Economic Development. Those interested in participating in this year’s event should apply online at biz.loudoun.gov/farmtourapp. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 11.
Farmers with questions about the Fall Farm Tour should contact Rural Marketing Manager Susan VanEpps at 703-771-5187.