6/12: Check Farm Trail

6/12: Check Farm Trail 2The first-ever Check Farm Trail is on Sunday June 12th and small scale local farms are opening their doors to show you how they grow food for the community. From herbs and veggies to collecting eggs and grazing sheep, you can get to know the process and your farmers too!

Participants will need to drive from farm to farm, and carpooling is encouraged. Make it a day of fun for the whole family or your group of friends. Some farms recommend making a reservation since tour times may fill up so make sure to read the details as they become available.

FARMS ON THE TRAIL:

WEATHERTOP FARM / 963 Eanes Road NE. Check, VA 24072
*Visit Weathertop Farm for our first Open Farm Day since 2018! Stop by between 11a-5p with hay ride tours launching at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30, no reservation required – first come first served! Walking tours, baby animal sightings, & farmer talks! Come see what a regenerative livestock operation looks like. Farm store open for purchases.

SEVEN SPRING’S FARM CSA / 426 Jerry Lane NE. Check, VA 24072
Seven Springs Farm CSA will host an Open Farm Day on June 12 from 11:00-4:00. Tours of the gardens will begin at 12:00 and 2:00. Please sign up for a tour via email as we may fill up (polly@7springscsa.com). We will talk about the history of our CSA, take a tour of the gardens, and will (attempt) to answer any gardening questions you have.

KAT’S FARMLETTE /
*Join Kat Johnson aka Kat The Farmer for a farmlette tour at her home. The 1/4 acre salad-centric farm is most beautiful in the month of June. 11a-4p with walking tours launching at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00. Reservations encouraged for tours.

I-TAL ACRES / 1663 Diamond Knob Rd NE. Check, VA 24072
*I-Tal Acres will be one of several fabulous farms on the Check Farm Trail. Garden Tours will be about 30 mins and will occur at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30pm. This event is free, rain or shine, no registration is required. Our farm is on a hillside, parking is limited and space to turn around can get tricky, Sundays are a great day to park on sides of Diamond Knob Rd and walk down the short driveway.
These tours coincide with our annual Plant Propagation workshop, held from 1-4 pm on Sunday, June 12. The workshop costs only $20/person and requires pre-registration (540-553-4023 or italacres@gmail.com). Please come join us, whether for the propagation workshop or a garden tour, and check out our new cordwood apothecary (not quite yet complete).

LIL VALLEY FARM / 8318 Huff Mill Rd SE. Copper Hill, VA 24079
Lil Valley Farm is a new addition to the Check farming community and the only Pick-Your-Own (PYO) blueberry & blackberry farm in Copper Hill. Details about their Open Farm Day coming soon!

LOCAL SHOPS ON THE TRAIL:
*THE SOUP SHOP / 7360 Floyd Hwy N. Copper Hill, VA
“EAT well to BE well” The Soup Shop takes pride in real, organic, local and seasonal foods that are straight from the farm! Stop by for a farm-fresh lunch & to browse their selection of local goods. Open for the Check Farm Trail 11a-5p. Stay connected for menu updates!

GRATEFUL PRODUCE / 10179 Bent Mountain Road. Bent Mountain, VA
*A little drive down the road, Grateful Produce is one of Bent Mountain’s finest providers of produce and local goods! Dave and Dawn Trible, farmers and residents of Bent Mtn, have saved the spot that used to be Fralin’s Produce. Stop by from 10a-6pm on the 12th to shop local and bring home a beautiful, nutritious bounty!