What do blackberries, sheep, and honey have in common?

By
Real Estate Agent with Kevin Teeters Realty LLC

Well, if you were lucky enough to have attended Catawba County's Agri-Tourism Day on June 18, 2011, then this would be an easy answer for you!

Catawba County Seal

Sheep, corn, honey, and blackberries were just some of the many things available from local farms. The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce partnered with local farms to host a day for self-guided tours of County Farms.

Catawba County Chamber of Commerce

We began our morning by visiting Shady Oaks Farm. We picked blackberries and blueberries. This farm in Newton, NC also offered other fruits, vegetables, honey, and free-range eggs.

Shady Oaks Farm

Next, we visited Poovey Apiary in Maiden, NC. What's an apiary, you ask? That is a place where bees make honey in their beehive. We purchased clover and wildflower honey, and the jars contained pieces of the honey comb.

Poovey Apiary

Finally, we visited LFR Farms and Greenhouses, also located in Newton, NC. This farm was amazing, covering 1,000 acres! We were able to sample their home-grown Strawberry Cider - YUM! We purchased sweet corn and squash from this location.

LFR Farms and Greenhouses

Other locations participating in the Agri-Tourism Day included Windy Wool Windings (purebred Montadale sheep), Ira Cline Farm (fruits, jams, jellies, and cider), Sipe Angus Farm (beef cattle), Red Wolf Farm (a Civil War reenactment), Buffalo Beals Animal Park (some animals included antelopes, giraffes, and kangaroos), and Bird Brain Ostrich Ranch (which sells eggs and meat).

Following our farm tours, we then stopped by one of the three local farmer's markets taking place in the county, where we purchased more fruit and vegetables.

The day was an adventure! We learned about our local area farms and supported our local community by buying local produce.

I'm hopeful to see more events like this throughout our county. Nothing feels as good as supporting your own community!

Comments (5)

Dawn & Charlie Tetro
PalmerHouse Properties & Associates - Johns Creek, GA
Real Service Real Results

And I first thought you were talking about the phone! LOL!  What an awesome event!  I wish I had been there!  Thanks for sharing!

Jun 24, 2011 04:11 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Kevin -- a great title on this post.   Excellent community event.  Nice photos too.

Jun 24, 2011 04:15 AM
Robin Dampier REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

Your title drew me in and I also enjoyed your post.  Sounds like a fun and educational day.  My son and his wife have a few chickens they raised running around the backyard and those eggs are the best!  A big difference from what comes out of the supermarkets.  I never had strawberry cider but I would think it would be tasty.

Thanks for sharing.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Jun 24, 2011 04:22 AM
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Kevin~

I'm Featuring your post at the ECO-All-Stars Group!

Jul 02, 2011 03:03 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Great title for this post and such an important message. We need to support our local farms to ensure their future. Without the demand, there will be NO supply. Have a great weekend Kevin. 

Jul 03, 2011 04:42 AM