“Celebrate Springtime at the Source during the upcoming Loudoun Farm Tour”
Loudoun Economic Development invites residents and visitors to Celebrate Springtime at the Source during the 2023 Loudoun Spring Farm Tour, held rain or shine, the weekend of May 20-21.
This annual no-cost, family-friendly, self-guided tour has blossomed into a showcase of western Loudoun’s vibrant rural industries. Farms on this year’s tour are leaders in the production of responsibly-raised meat, vegetables, fruit, hemp, flowers and fiber, as well as artisan-crafted wine, gifts and more.
All locations provide an educational component for visitors, and most will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
For a full list of participating farms, details about each location, and an interactive map to plan your weekend, please visit LoudounFarmTour.com.
“We’re very excited about the farms participating in this year’s Loudoun Spring Farm Tour, which will be our largest to date. With over 40 farm stops, visitors will enjoy a small taste of life on the farm with cute animals to pet, delicious food to eat, and educational activities to experience,” Loudoun Economic Development’s Executive Director Buddy Rizer said. “We encourage residents and visitors alike to meet the quality people behind our Loudoun Grown, Loudoun Made products and enjoy a family fun weekend in Loudoun County.
Loudoun County is home to more than 1,200 commercial farms, according to the most recent Ag Census from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Within those farms, there are many thousands of businesses in operation, including farm stands, bed and breakfasts, farm-to-table restaurants, wedding venues, equestrian centers and more.
“Loudoun Fall Farm Tour weekend is something that our producers look forward to all year. These tours are the only time when the public sees behind the scenes of operations, and it’s an opportunity to build relationships with consumers,” Loudoun’s Business Development Officer for Agriculture and Business Services John Magistro explained. “We’re always looking for creative ways to enhance those interactions and encourage everyone to visit, talk to farmers, and buy local on the Loudoun Farms Marketplace, which can be found at LoudounFarms.org.”
Loudoun’s diversity is reflected in the ownership and operation of its farms, with more women-, Latino-, Hispanic- and Asian-owned farms than anywhere else in Virginia. Loudoun also leads the Commonwealth in farms owned by military veterans.
For full details on this year’s Loudoun Fall Farm Tour, please visit LoudounFarmTour.com.