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May 16, 2006

Franklin County Farms & Crafts Tour is May 20-21

The Third Annual Franklin County Farms & Crafts Tour will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 1-5 p.m. The cost for the tour is $5 per person; children 12 years and younger can visit the farms for free. To register for the tour in advance call the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service at 919.496.3344. You will receive an informational brochure with a map and "Support Local Farms" buttons to wear on the day of the tour as an indication that you are registered.

Visitors also can participate the day of the tour by purchasing a tour button at one of the featured farms. There will also be farm tour caps for sale.

The stops on the tour include a cut flower and nursery greenhouse farm, pick-your-own strawberry farm, sustainable vegetable production and free-range livestock farm, a nursery featuring heirloom vegetables and plants, diversified beef cattle and purebred goat farm, and a 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century French and English antique supplier with furniture, art and accessories on display. The Franklin County Natural Beef Alliance and N.C. Meat Goat Producers will also be featured at various stops and marketing pasture-based, natural beef and chevon.

In addition, the Ridgeway Opry musicians will play bluegrass and folk music at four of the nine stops. Area heritage crafters will showcase their talents such as quilt making and wood turning. Local artists from the Art du Jour will be set up under pecan trees at one stop to showcase their painting. Several stops are "child friendly" with hay rides and petting of small animals.

Sponsors for the tour include the Franklin County Arts Council, Whole Foods, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Posted by Natalie at May 16, 2006 11:33 AM