Commissioner Steve Troxler: Agritourism is Springing up all across the State (Pun intended!)

It doesn’t take much encouragement to want to be outside enjoying the warm spring weather. Farms with agritourism activities have been busy making plans for guests this spring.  You can find activities across the state from pick-your-own strawberry fields and Easter egg hunts to special Mother’s Day events.

  • I don’t think I am the only one ready to shake off winter. I love being outdoors and when the weather starts to warm up I start thinking about all the outdoor activities I can finally get to.
  • I can tell you that farms with agritourism activities have been busy planning and getting ready for spring and warmer weather.
  • In the fall and the spring, we compile a list of farms offering special on-farm events and from the mountains to the coast, you can find farms offering up family friendly fun; from Easter egg hunts and Mother’s Day events to pick-your-own strawberry fields.
  • These are great ways to spend time with your family, but it also helps children and adults make a connection between the farm and the table.
  • I have mentioned my grandchildren a lot on this program and they love to come to papa’s farm to run around and play. What you learn from watching them, is that they can be just as happy playing in a big empty box as a lot of playground equipment.
  • I know they would have fun jumping in a corn crib and they love sitting on old tractors and pretending to steer.
  • Farms are pretty creative with their activities. Some feature bins of shelled corn to jump and play in, others have mazes, some places host farm-to-table dinners, pick-your-own fields are also popular. Slides, water games, train rides, hay rides, animals to pet and feed, spaces to create art. You can even host birthday parties, family reunions and weddings at some of these venues.
  • It’s a pretty good bet you’ll be bringing home tired kids at the end of the day.
  • So if you are looking to make some special memories with your family, plan a trip to an agritourism farm this spring. You can find a list of farms by region at ncagr.gov/markets/agritourism/
  • And, while we are on the subject of fun, mark your calendars for May 17-19 for the Got to Be NC Festival at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.