Experience farm life for a day Sept. 17

By Melissa Stewart
Community Press reporter

Say “goodbye city life” and experience farm living for a day on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The day marks the sixth Kenton County Farm Harvest Tour where local farms will open their doors to the public.

“We’re excited about the farm tour again this year,” said Dan Allen, agriculture and natural resources agent for Kenton County Cooperative Extension. “This tour is a great way to learn about local food and find out what our farmers do. It’s really a great thing for the kids, they get to learn where their food comes from.”

This self-guided tour is a free family fun event of down‐on‐the‐farm experiences from a real dairy operation at Ed‐Mar Dairy to a hayride at Poverty Hollow Farms, includes tastings of local vintage at Atwood Hill Winery and Redman’s Farm and Winery, the workings of cattle operations at Hickory Ridge Farms and more.

Allen said that the tour will also “enlighten people” on the diversity of agriculture. Two new stops certainly prove that, he said. New to the tour are a local saw mill at Triple D Stone Valley Farm and bee hives in action at School House Bees in Visalia.

Visitors can also tour the Morning View Heritage Area to learn about the county’s wetlands. The Kenton County Public Library in Independence will offer a fresh tomato and salsa tasting and there will be a 4‐H young entrepreneur’s sales table at the Kenton County Extension outdoor education center.

Don’t forget too, to stock up on fresh locally grown produce, meats, honey and more at the Independence Farmer’s Market at the Kenton County Courthouse. Allen said that the Northern Kentucky Horse Network will set up shop at Milestones on Riggs Road. They will be showing horses of all disciplines.

Allen said the farm tour is a special event because it gives city dwellers and rural neighbors an opportunity to see what goes on behind the farm gates.

“It’s also a good opportunity for our farmers to take pride in and show off all that they do,” he said.

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