Slow Down with Tour de Farm 2017

Slow Food First Coast is hosting their biannual Tour de Farm November 19th from 12pm to 5pm. The event gives over 15 North Florida farms a chance to open their (barn) doors for a day. Each farm has a restaurant or an artisan food and beverage partner along with fun events for all ages.

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President of the Slow Food First Coast, Kurt D’Aurizio, encourages all visitors to bring their adventurous spirit. “Consumers shape the future of local food through the choice they make. We want to spread the word about all of the delicious, beautiful foods being grown and produced right here in our area, and The Tour de Farm accomplishes that in so many ways,” he says.

The Tour welcomes anyone with an interest in food production, farm operations, food sourcing, and food advocacy. If you love food, you don’t want to miss out! Part of Slow Food’s worldwide mission is to give people the chance to meet their local farmers, chefs, and artisan makers. The Tour does that and more. Get in there and ask questions. Farmers want to share how they create the flavors in the cheese you love and coax honey from bees.

“Consumers shape the future of local food through the choice they make.”

It’s not just about the farmers though; Slow Food celebrates the people who prepare those local ingredients. The Tour gives you a chance to taste samples prepared by local chefs. Each farm is paired up with local restaurants like the upcoming Flour and Fig Bakehouse and favorites like Black Sheep, Southern Roots, and more. Each of these restaurants takes the mission of sourcing local seriously. These Slow Food approved restaurants are called Snails, and Slow Food First Coast provides a yearly vetting process to make sure they are maintaining their promise to source locally.

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If you’re ready to grab your friends and get touring, you’ll need a Car Pass. A Car Pass is $20 and gives you access to all the farms registered to the Tour. The funds go directly back to helping Slow Food First Coast host events just like this. Each car is required to have a pass to participate, but there’s no limit on how many people you pack in—just be safe, y’all. You can purchase a pass online or that day.

After that’s out of the way, here comes the fun part: choosing your route! With over 15 farms, it’s a long day. If you think you’re going to hit all of them, you must have a time-turner. You can, of course, choose whichever route suits you, and The Tour organizers are kind enough to give you a few options. Tour de Farm Organizer Kyle McBride says, “Regardless of where you live on the First Coast, there is a Tour de Farm stop within a 30-minute drive of your location!”

They’ve broken North Florida farms into three main areas: East of the River, North by Northwest, and St. John’s River South. Kyle says there isn’t one right route because each area features amazing farms. “If you live at the Beach,” he says, “check out East of the River. It boasts 4 farms between Jacksonville Beach and Arlington including GYO Greens in Palm Valley and Ogier Gardens at UNF. St. Augustine resident? Try St. John’s River South. Start your day at Rype & Readi Farm in Elkton and head west towards Frog Song Organics in Hawthorne. If you live in Riverside or Springfield, go North by Northwest to Congaree and Penn and Trader’s Hill Farm.”

Whichever farms you choose, the message is clear: have fun and meet your farmer! For more information about the tour head to www.slowfoodfirstcoast.org/tour-de-farm.

2017 TOUR DE FARM ROUTES

EAST OF THE RIVER

Berry Good Farm
Gyo Greens
Beam Grace Garden
UNF Ogier Gardens

NORTH BY NORTHWEST

Celestial Farms
Congaree and Penn
Down to Earth Farm
Eat Your Yard Jax
Urban Folk Farm
Traders Hill Farm
White Harvest Farms

ST. JOHNS RIVER SOUTH

Ben Wells Produce
Frog Song Organics
IFAS Hastings
Rype & Readi

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ROUTE ONE

BERRY GOOD FARMS

Southern Roots • M-Shack • HabiJax • Morning Belle

GYO GREENS

Sea Horse Grill • Savour Sensations • Boutique du Pain • Girl Scouts of America • Dozier and Sons Honey • Growers Alliance • Manna Mushrooms

BEAM GRACE GARDEN

Rachel McCandless • Big Island Bowls • Gnarbucha • Dig Local Network • IFAS Extension • Williston Blueberry Farm

UNF OGIER GARDENS

Brook Adams, UNF Dining Executive Chef • Fresh Jax • The Hyppo • UNF Lend­-a-­Wing Food Pantry • Bee Friends Farm

ROUTE TWO

CELESTIAL FARMS

BB’s • Rosaria Camarata • GuanaBana Ice Pops & More • 4H of Duval County

CONGAREE & PENN

Flour & Fig • Taverna • Orsay • Manifest Distilling • FSCJ Culinary Management • Bluebird Growers • Bold Bean Coffee Roasters • Black Sheep • Native Sun

DOWN TO EARTH FARM

Community Loaves • Wesley Nogueira • Olive My Pickle • Little Black Box • The Public Trust • Karma Acres Bees

EAT YOUR YARD JAX

A New You Raw • Sally’s Soaps • Zen Butcher • Melissa Smith­ ­Acupuncture • Meghan Orman ­Honey Bee Keeper

URBAN FOLK FARM

Matt Gilligan • Pura Bean • Skip Hives • Glades Ridge Goat Farm

TRADERS HILL FARM

Garden Truck • Intuition Ale Works • Farm Share

WHITE HARVEST FARMS

Matthew Raiford • Concious Market • Junior League

ROUTE THREE

BEN WELLS PRODUCE

The Floridian • The Kookaburra • Claude’s Chocolate • Minorcan Datil Pepper Products • Front Porch Pickings • Society of St. Andrews • The Land Trust • Terks Acres

FROG SONG ORGANICS

Moxie Kitchen & Cocktails • Restaurant Doro • Florida Organic Growers • First Magnitude Brewing • Tracy Lee Farms

IFAS HASTINGS

Juniper Market • Beautiful Honey • 3rd Wave Coffee Roasters • St. John’s River Keeper • Veggie Confetti

RYPE & READI

Black Fly Collage • St. Augustine Distillery • Bold City Pops • FCTC Ag / Culinary Students • Natural Springs Dairy • Dog Day Garden

UPCOMING EVENTS

RIVERKEEPER OYSTER ROAST | BUY TICKETS
Friday, November 17, 2017|  7 pm\  Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville   |  Cost: $75 – 125
Chow down on delicious oysters and seafood from Fisherman’s Dock, tasty food from Biscotti’s, live music from Firewater Tent Revival, and an outstanding Silent Auction, in celebration of the St. Johns River and the St. Johns Riverkeeper.

COFFEE ROASTING DEMO |  BUY TICKETS
Saturday, November 18, 2017 |  10 am \  Bold Bean Coffee Roastery, 4815 Executive Park Ct. #101, Jacksonville  |  Cost: $20 Learn the fine art of roasting beans with the master roasters at Bold Bean Coffee. Demo includes a coffee cupping, tastings, and a 12 ounce bag of coffee beans to take home.

FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER |  BUY TICKETS
Saturday, November 18, 2017|  7 pm \  Bellwether Restaurant, 100 N Laura St Suite 100, Jacksonville |  Cost: $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity) Join the culinary team at Bellwether in Downtown Jacksonville for an unforgettable evening featuring a 4-course, seasonally-inspired dinner paired with cocktails, wine and beer.

GOSPEL BRUNCH |  BUY TICKETS
Sunday, November 19, 2017|  9:30 am – 11:30 am |  Eat Your Yard Jax, 8220 Moncrief Rd W, Jacksonville|  Cost: $50 Come enjoy a French-inspired buffet breakfast served up by Chef Scott Alters of Rue Saint Marc at Eat Your Yard Jax while being moved by Southern Americana music steeped in old time gospel tradition.

TOUR DE FARM | BUY A CAR PASS
Sunday, November 19, 2017|  Noon – 5 pm|  Various Locations|  Cost: $20 (Car Pass Required) Do you know where your food comes from? Do you know who grew it? Too often the frenetic pace of modern life estranges us from the hard work and natural processes by which food is brought to our table. In a world obsessed with speed, Slow Food challenges us to slow down and smell the rosemary (so to speak). Slow Food First Coast’s Tour de Farm offers people across Northeast Florida an opportunity to learn about our local food system. During the event, participants will see where food comes from, how it’s produced and meet the farmers whose hard work makes it all possible. They will also have the chance to sample delicious ‘farm to fork’ dishes prepared by local chefs and artisans. We welcome you to take part in our journey to strengthen the connection between local food, strong farms and healthy communities.

BAKE AND BREW  |  BUY TICKETS
Thursday, January 25, 2018 |  6 – 9 pm \  1740 Main St N, Jacksonville |  Cost: $35
Flour and Fig Bakehouse and Hyperion Brewing team up for an evening of hand-crafted beers paired with a tasting menu featuring locally-sourced and Slow Food Ark of Taste ingredients.

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