Explore the Outdoors - Farm Style
What is Agri-Tourism?
If you are looking for fun and local adventures this summer to conserve your family's resources, consider Agri-Tourism. Agri-Tourism encompasses a variety of activities that happen on farms or highlight farm products and happenings. Some examples include; hayrides pick your own berries, and sheep shearing.
Agri-tourism keeps money local. When you choose to shop at a farm market or a local orchard, your dollar will stay in that community seven times before leaving. Local farmers use other local business, go to local restaurants, and support other local causes.
Here in Northeast Ohio, we are fortunate to have a great variety of agri-tourism opportunities. Plan your family's adventure to by:
*Visiting your local Farmers' Market - you can find farmers' markets close to you with ease.
*Touring the covered bridges and wineries in Ohio - Ashtabula County hosts an annual tour of their covered bridges.
*Attending a County Fair - to check out the local 4H projects. Next time you go to the county fair, don't just head straight for the kettle corn - stop in one of the junior fair barns and talk to the 4H kids about their farm animals.
*Picking blueberries, apples, and peaches at any of the many orchards in Northeast Ohio . You can also buy your own fruit trees earlier in the season from your local Soil and Water Conservation District.
*Stopping at roadside stands - many farms sell produce, eggs, plants, and pumpkins right off the farm.
*Enjoying scenic drives through the countryside to see animals and plants
*Learning how to can and preserve local food - you can take classes at many different places.
Visiting local farms is a wonderful way to limit your travel budget and bolster the local economy at the same time. Be a Conservation Crusader by taking part in agri-tourism this summer. For more information on agri-tourism contact your local county soil and water conservation district.