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May 12, 2009

Franklin farm, crafts tour adds events

The weekend of May 16–17 offers the opportunity to discover the day-to-day life on a working farm. If you've had questions about how produce is grown, or you'd like to educate your children, this is an inexpensive weekend adventure offering farm tours, local arts and crafts, a children's Fishing Rodeo on Saturday morning, Dinner on the Green Saturday evening, and a Farm to River Fun 5K Run/Walk on Sunday morning. The farms are open for the tour from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Follow the signs to the historic Person Place on Main Street, downtown Louisburg, and visit our Hospitality Tent. Starting at 10 a.m., you can purchase a farm tour button for $5/adult, children under 13 free. While there, make sure to enjoy and purchase local heritage arts and crafts, such as wrought iron garden gates, paintings, pottery, hand-made quilts and much more. Pick up the brochure/map with descriptions of the nine farms on the tour. Any tours you miss on Saturday, you can visit on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Also, “support local farms” tour buttons and brochures will be available at each of the farms. Don't forget to bring your cooler and purchase farm fresh eggs, produce and meats directly from the farmers at their farms.

To download a tour brochure with farm map and other events, visit the Web site, www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.com or call the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center at 919. 496.3344. All the entire weekend events are sponsored by the Franklin County Tourism Development Authority, Whole Foods Grocery, N.C. Cooperative Extension and the Franklin County Arts Council.

“Dinner on the Green” Local Food Festival: Sat., May 16

For the second year, a “Dinner on the Green” featuring locally raised foods, will be showcased on Saturday evening, May 16, in downtown Louisburg at the Historic Person Place Grounds. The menu will include local natural grassfed beef, chevon, pastured chicken, fresh local “just picked” produce such as new potatoes, lettuce and even chocolate-dipped strawberries. Homemade breads will be on the menu also. The food will be prepared by Triangle area chefs. Entertainment will be the Doc Branch Band, a local family of bluegrass musicians, from 6 until 9 p.m.

Tickets include the dinner and entertainment and are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event on May 16. To purchase tickets in advance, call 919.496.3344 or contact any of the nine farms on the farm tour; details can be found at www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.com.

Youth Fishing Rodeo: Sat., May 16

For the first time, Franklin County will be hosting a “Youth Fishing Rodeo” on Saturday morning, May 16, from 8 until 11 a.m. at 20-acre lake on Double D Equestrian Farm,. Youth 13 years old and under accompanied by a parent or guardian can fish for free. The parent or guardian must purchase a Farm Tour button ($5) to participate. Each youth 13 years old and younger will receive a free “Rod and Reel and Tackle Box” sponsored by Shakespeare Fishing Tackle. Prizes will be furnished for various fishing categories, such as “biggest fish,” “smallest fish,” etc. from Jim's Cricket Ranch near Louisburg. Fishing demonstrations and lessons from professional fishermen will be held at the farm. To participate, register online at www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.com or call 919.496.3344. It is limited to the first 250 youth to pre-register. There will be a $5 fee for youth older than 13 years old to participate.

Farm to River 5K Fun Run/Walk: Sun., May 17

A “Small Farmer” Benefit Farm to River 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held in Franklin County on Sunday morning, May 17 at Double D Equestrian Farm near Louisburg. Participants can register from 8 -- 9 a.m. with the event beginning at 9 a.m. sharp. The fee to participate is $20 per person with a specially designed t-shirt given each runner/walker. Children 13 years and younger are free to participate. This is a non-competitive race and is a family event. Join us for fitness and fun at the farm and river. This is also a dog-friendly event; dogs must be on a leash and current on vaccines. Prizes will be given to top walkers and runners.

Participants can pre-register at www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.com or call (919) 496-3344. Funds raised will establish the first-ever Small Farmer Grant program for a small farmer in Franklin County.

Farm Life Photography Contest: May 16 & 17

Bring your camera along on the upcoming Franklin County Farm Foods & Crafts Tour scheduled for May 16 & 17. Nine diverse farms will be showcased during the two-day event with many farm life photography opportunities available. Submit a photo entry on the Web site, www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.com, for a chance to win prize money based on various age categories. A reception showcasing the photographs will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Louisburg College Auditorium Gallery with the winners announced. Light refreshments will be provided the public during the Aug. 1 reception. For more information, call (919) 496-3344. This event is sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council.

Posted by Natalie at May 12, 2009 02:26 PM