Farms and other agricultural businesses that make up Loudoun rural economy are invited to participate in Loudoun County’s 2016 Fall Farm Tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15-16.
The county’s Department of Economic Development (DED) helps promote the tours, which encourage the public to visit farms and pick their own produce; taste craft beverages and locally produced food; ride or feed farm animals; and enjoy tours, shopping, hay rides and demonstrations.
“Thirty-seven million dollars of Loudoun-grown products are sold every year, and we’re working to top $40 million by 2020,” agricultural development officer Kellie Hinkle explained. “Promoting Loudoun-grown products with this tour is one way to keep customers buying year-round.”
Farms and businesses that participate in the tour are included in promotional materials, including a printed brochure, online and through social media. Potential participants can apply online at biz.loudoun.gov/farmtourapp; he application deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 11.
“Western Loudoun is the county’s agricultural business district, and part of our mission is to grow Loudoun’s agricultural economy,” said DED executive director Buddy Rizer. “We use this annual event to help farm businesses by introducing new customers to them.”
Interested participants should direct questions to rural marketing manager Susan VanEpps at 703-771-5187 or firstname.lastname@example.org.