Fresh From The Farm

BY BRENTLEY STEAD

Event: Tour de Farm
Date/Time: November 15, 12-5pm
Tickets: $5 Donation or a $20 all day car pass
Contact: SlowFoodFirstCoast.org

Fall harvest is the time to explore local farms, and the Tour de Farm presented by Slow Food First Coast is the perfect way to do just that. The Tour de Farm is on Sunday, November 15th, from noon to 5pm, boasting over 20 farms paired with artisan partners and chefs providing tastings of seasonal offerings from the farm. The tour is designed to give you the opportunity to visit your local farms, meet the farmers, and check out where your produce, dairy, meat, and eggs come from.

Down to Earth Farms
Down to Earth Farms

“The Tour de Farm was created to strengthen the connection between local food, strong farms, and healthy communities,” says Slow Food First Coast Director of Special Events Kurt D’Aurizio. He explained that the tour provides plenty of options for everyone and “with 25 farms in five counties featuring top chefs, children’s events, workshops, and more, the tour is designed with everyone in our community in mind.”

KYV Farm_2014 Tour de Farm_Photo by Lenore GibbonsFood lovers will be excited to find fantastic chefs like Tom Gray at Cognito Farms, Kenny Gilbert at Traders Hill Farm, Jonathan Insetta at Congaree and Penn, and Sam Effron at Down to Earth, among others. The tour offers a $20 Car Pass, which is valid for full day of unlimited farm visits on the 15th. The car pass allows you to pack your car with family or friends for one price for unlimited access to the all the farms on the tour. Participants can purchase the pass that day or visit SlowFoodFirstCoast.org to make a donation and reserve a car pass.

With so many farms available, it’s impossible to visit and enjoy them all, unless you’re Santa, or have a time turner. However, there are ways to get the most out of your day. Check out some of the best routes for each area in Jacksonville. It’s hard to go wrong as each route has kid friendly events, chefs, and artisan partners. If you are looking to create your own tour, or just visit one of two farms, you can do that too by planning your own route! Information booklets for the tour can be picked up in advance at all Native Sun locations and many libraries in Duval County. The booklets make it easy to choose, and plan so you don’t miss your favorite events and chefs!

Tip: Start out early at the farthest farm and work your way to the farm closest to home!

Blue Sky Farms
Blue Sky Farms

Route 1: Saint Augustine

Barnes Farm
8155 Barnes Farm Road
Hastings, FL  32145

Blue Sky Farms
4805 CR 13 S
Elkton, FL  32033

Guerilla Growery
22 Sea Park Dr
Saint Augustine, FL

Hastings Agricultural Extension Center
595 E St. Johns Ave,
Hastings, FL 32145

Rype and Readi/Veggie Confetti Farm
5780 County Rd 305,
Elkton, FL 32033

Spuds Farm
7485 Cowpen Brand Road
Elkton, FL 32033

Berry Good Farm_2014 Tour de Farm_Photo by Nicki Hicks
Berry Good Farms

Route 2: Greater Jacksonville and the Beaches

BEAM’s Grace Garden
850 6th Ave S,
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Berry Good Farms
223 Mill Creek Rd,
Jacksonville, FL 32211

GYO Greens
147 Canal Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

UNF Ogier Gardens
Parking Lot 18
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville  FL , 32256

White Harvest Farms
613 West Ashley Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Palmetto Organics
115 Orange St,
Neptune Beach, FL 32266

down to earth farms 2
Down to Earth Farms

Route 3: North Jacksonville

Congaree and Penn/Bacon Select
11830 Old Kings Road
Jacksonville, FL  32219

Down to Earth Farms
9355 Old Plank Road
Jacksonville, Fl 32220

Eat Your Yard Jax
8220 Moncrief Road W,
Jacksonville, FL 32219

NaVera Farms
46480 Sauls Road
Callahan, FL  32011

Traders Hill Farm
30829 Foghorn Lane,
Hilliard, FL 32046

Urban Folk Farm
14080 Normandy Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32221

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