Loudoun County is known for its high-tech business environment that includes data centers and aerospace pioneers.
On the flipside, the county is also known for its wealth of diverse agrarian business, including wineries, breweries and cideries, farm-to-table operations and consumer supported agriculture proprietors. To support and promote those businesses, Loudoun Economic Development sponsors spring and fall farm tours, during which residents and visitors alike can learn about and sample those operations.
LED is in the process of planning the 2018 Fall Farm Tour — scheduled Oct. 20-21 — and is accepting applications from farm-related businesses to include in that event. There is no cost to participate as a tour site, but interested parties must apply online by Friday, Aug. 17 at biz.loudoun.gov/FarmTourApp.
The goal of the tour is to increase visits to Loudoun farms and grow the sales of Loudoun products and services. Loudoun Economic Development will promote all tour sites online and in a widely distributed printed brochure.
“The D.C. metro area has more than six million potential customers for the products that are Loudoun-made and Loudoun-grown,” LED Executive Director Buddy Rizer said. “Our farm tours are a great way to showcase all of the assets that make Western Loudoun so special.”
On-farm and in-town craft beverage venues do not need to apply; they will be featured on the Fall Farm Tour map. The types of businesses that are encouraged to apply to participate include farms that grow livestock or produce, or businesses that use them to create products such as cheese, chocolates, tea or yarn.
“We also invite participation from businesses that offer farm experiences the whole family can enjoy, such as hay rides, scavenger hunts, spinning demonstrations, corn mazes, horse rides and candle-making,” LED Agricultural Business Development Officer Kellie Hinkle said. “All participating venues are asked to offer an educational component to visitors. One of the goals of the Fall Farm Tour is to raise consumer awareness of where food comes from and the essential work farmers do.”
For more information, visit at biz.loudoun.gov/FarmTourApp.