May 7, 2014

Tour de Farms

Now more than ever, people all over the world are becoming more interested in where their food comes from. They wonder how far it travelled to make it to their local grocery store's shelf, what sort of processes it went through to grow, and who the people are who grew it.

Tour de Farms - Only In Arkansas

A focus of Ozark Natural Foods is having great relationships with our local farmers. We support over 70 local farmers/vendors and carry over 200 local products throughout the year. Many of our customers place a premium value on being able to buy local produce from our store and we would like a way to connect people more closely with our local producers.

The first annual Ozark Natural Foods’ Tour de Farms will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 & 18. During this weekend, our owners and the community of Northwest Arkansas can visit nine local farms, meet the farmers, view different demonstrations at each site, taste products grown on the farm and literally tour de farm!

The tours.

Each farm will be open for two hours and the visits will include a tour, demonstration, snacks, and a time for questions and discussion. You can visit as many farms as you would like. Here is a list of the farms and the schedule for the tours:

May 17th & 18th

Saturday, May 17th

9:00-11:00am: Herbal Simplicity with Bean Mountain Farms 317 E. Huntsville Rd, Fayetteville Learn about herb gardening and cold frame construction.

10:00am-12:00pm: Harmony Gardens 8779 W Forest Hills Dr, Fayetteville Learn about structured water, paramagnetic rock, and brix nutrition.

1:00pm-3:00pm: Tri Cycle Farms 1691 N. Garland Ave, Fayetteville Learn about composting, container gardening, soldier flies and chemical-free community farming.

4:00pm-6:00pm: Ozark Alternatives Learn about straw-bale greenhouses, community supported agriculture, hoop houses and four season farming.

Sunday, May 18th

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9:00am-11:00am: Across the Creek Farm 3106 W. Pear Lane, Greenland Learn about pasture poultry.

9:00am-11:00am: Cobblestone Farm 5298-5526 W Wedington Dr, Fayetteville Learn about their farm-to-school program.

11:30am-1:30pm: Ansel’s Produce Pear Lane, Greenland Learn about starting a farm and the next generation of farmers.

1:00pm-3:00pm: Ames Orchard 18292 Wildlife Rd, Fayetteville Learn about backyard fruit production.

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Tour de Farms is a free event but anyone wanting to participate will need to register by May 10 at the Owner Services Desk inside the Co-op. Each participant will need to pick up a Tour de Farm passport the week of the event, which will include a map and a place where you can get stamped when you visit a farm. After you’re done with your tour, you will be able to turn in the passport at the Co-op.

People who visit at least five of the farms will be entered to win a $100 shopping spree, and the person who visits the most farms will win a $150 farm and gardening kit with tools, seeds, soil amendments and other goodies (if several people tie for the most farms visit, we will do a drawing out of those who tied).

Ozark Natural Foods is a locally owned consumer cooperative dedicated to healthful living and sustainability by providing our owners and the Northwest Arkansas community with natural and organic products and related services, located at 1554 N. College Ave., in the Evelyn Hills Shopping Center.

For information please visit Tour de Farms.

Alexa McGriff

Alexa grew up in Siloam Springs, AR and graduated from John Brown University in May 2010 with a B.S. in Graphic Design and Photography. She joined Ozark Natural Foods as Marketing Director in May 2010. In 2012, Alexa was named one of Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s "Fast 15", an honor that 15 people under the age of 30 are awarded every year as "young people to watch", up-and-coming in the business industry. Alexa enjoys hanging out with her husband, Jarrett and awesome Yorkie and Chiweenie pups, running, golfing, and watching movies. Oh – and food. She LOVES food!

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