Agri-tourism can take many forms. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh produce and interaction with growers. Farms may open to the public for wildlife watching and hunting. Ag tours, on farm bed-and-breakfasts, and dude ranches give tourists the fresh air, open space, and relaxation of country life.
U-pick operations, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, hay mazes, farm-animal petting zoos, wine tasting, ag heritage museums, festivals, and fairs all attract visitors.
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Having a source of fresh, locally grown produce, is great for consumers and for producers. Blount County Extension office supports local efforts to improve and expand local markets within the county. This includes you-pick operations, roadside stands and our local farmers market.
Extension provides assistance with marketing and production meetings, and assist producers with insect and disease identification and control measures and other IPM tactics. These efforts increase the quality and volume of locally grown produce, thereby increasing sales for producers.
For more information for consumers and farmers on farmers markets, or to locate a farmers market near you, visit the our Farmers Market website.
Regional Extension Agent Ruth Brock facilitates a program for women in agriculture called Annie’s Project.
The mission of the program is to empower women working in agriculture to be better business owners and partners through networking and by managing and organizing critical information.
Women farmers and ranchers participating in Annie’s Project classes are overwhelmingly satisfied with the educational experience and report increased knowledge and implementation of risk management skills.