June 1st & 2nd, 2019

June 1st & 2nd, 2019

Rowan County’s 2nd Annual Arts & Ag Farm Tour Weekend

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10 am-4 pm
Sunday, June 2, 2019, 1-5 pm

 

It’s a beautiful time of year on the farms of Rowan County, and the Rowan Arts & Ag Farm Tour offers a rare chance to see it all firsthand. In a unique combination of the county’s rich farm heritage and vibrant arts culture, visitors will learn about local farms and find working artists exhibiting their talent. Take time to visit with artists during your visit to each farm. You’ll find hand-crafted jewelry, decorative glass, photography, fiber, leather, mixed media, metal works, sculpture, wood, clay, watercolor, drawings, and decorative arts. This two-day, self-guided tour features 15 notable Rowan County farms with artists at each site. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a sneak peek into the talent of the working farmers and artists that make the county a true original.

 

It’s Free & Open to the Public

It’s Educational & Entertaining for Your Whole Family

It’s Your Chance to Get to Know Some of Rowan County’s 40+ Working Farmers

It’s an Opportunity to Explore the Growing, Diverse Art Community and Buy Their Wares

It’s a Chance to Purchase Fresh-from-the-Farm Produce

 

This self-guided tour is a first-of-its-kind in North Carolina. And it’s right here in Rowan County.

Rowan County’s 2nd Annual Arts & Ag Farm Tour Weekend

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10 am-4 pm
Sunday, June 2, 2019, 1-5 pm

 

It’s a beautiful time of year on the farms of Rowan County, and the Rowan Arts & Ag Farm Tour offers a rare chance to see it all firsthand. In a unique combination of the county’s rich farm heritage and vibrant arts culture, visitors will learn about local farms and find working artists exhibiting their talent. Take time to visit with artists during your visit to each farm. You’ll find hand-crafted jewelry, decorative glass, photography, fiber, leather, mixed media, metal works, sculpture, wood, clay, watercolor, drawings, and decorative arts. This two-day, self-guided tour features 15 notable Rowan County farms with artists at each site. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a sneak peek into the talent of the working farmers and artists that make the county a true original.

 

It’s Free & Open to the Public

It’s Educational & Entertaining for Your Whole Family

It’s Your Chance to Get to Know Some of Rowan County’s 40+ Working Farmers

It’s an Opportunity to Explore the Growing, Diverse Art Community and Buy Their Wares

It’s a Chance to Purchase Fresh-from-the-Farm Produce

 

This self-guided tour is a first-of-its-kind in North Carolina. And it’s right here in Rowan County.

Participating Farms

  1. Morgan Ridge Vineyards
    486 John Morgan Road | Gold Hill, NC 28071
    Morgan Ridge Vineyards boasts a 7-acre vineyard with an amazing view of the Uwharrie Mountains in the distance. The vineyards produce more than 1,500 cases of estate wines annually, as well as a variety of craft beers. The property features a private pond, natural fountain and spacious tasting room. Special farm tour weekend events. Contact Morgan Ridge for details and reservations.
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    Artists

    Ed Blankenship | Musician
    Sharon Forthoter | En plein air paintings
    Keith Kahrs
    Patrick Vaca
    | Photography
  2. Saving Grace Farm
    725 Jackson Road | Salisbury, NC 28146
    Saving Grace Therapeutic Programs is a non-profit organization that offers equine assisted activities for people with special needs, disabilities, youth at-risk, seniors, veterans, and those who have experienced trauma. The services of the farm are open to people from all walks of life, giving us the opportunity to help individuals who are struggling with various issues at home, work or school so that we are able to meet the varying needs of the community. Their hope is to improve the quality of life of those around us through equine assisted activities in a way that improves the community as a whole.
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    Artists
    Juanita Boykin Sanchez & Angie Swinton, Sew.A.Licious | Fabric Art

  3. Emerald Rose Horse Farm
    575 Windy Knob Way | Salisbury, NC 28146
    Emerald Rose Farm is a small horse farm dedicated to the Arabian breed, offering riding lessons, leasing and boarding. Visitors will see an Arabian and half Arabian stallion, mares and geldings. The Happy Trails 4-H Club, which meets at Emerald Rose Farm, will exhibit some of their work, as well. The barn on the property is more than 150 years old.
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    Artists
    Kim Coleman, What the Fluff | Organic Cotton Candy
    4H Expressive ARts Entrants | 4H members show works submitted to the local competition
    Gwyn Store | Yard Art
  4. Renn Bee Farm
    2495 Faith Road | Salisbury, NC 28146
    Renn Bee Farm is located in Salisbury NC and is owned and operated by Marcel Renn, who serves as the current president of the Rowan County Bee Keeper’s Association. At Renn Bee Farm, visitors will not only have the opportunity to purchase award winning honey products, but they will also get a chance to gain apiary knowledge from one of Rowan County’s most renowned beekeepers. Displays of beekeeping equipment and other tools of the trade will be set-up for enthusiast to check out as well.
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    Artists
    Kathy Major and Jonathan | Bees Wax Art and Batik (Saturday Only)
    Dani Cogman | Jewelry
  5. Elium Berry Farm
    2085 Lake Road | Salisbury, NC 28146
    Elium Farm is a small family farm featuring blueberries, strawberries and honey bees. Farmer Randy Elium will showcase his extensive collection of John Deere equipment and farm memorabilia during the farm tour.
  6. 4S Farms
    361 Stoner Morgan Road | Salisbury, NC 28146
    Four S Farms is a row crop (wheat, corn, soybeans), beef & poultry operation. Kim Starnes and his son Jason farm 800 acres in Rowan County.

    Artists
    Nerissa Holland | Natural Crafts
    Bob Gobble | Sketch Art and Painting
  7. Twin Creek Farm
    2205 Hollywood Drive | Salisbury, NC 28144
    Twin Creek Farm is a grass-fed beef farm on 110 picturesque acres in Rowan County. The farm produces premium locally sourced beef products for Rowan and surrounding communities.

    Artists
    Sue Davis | Fused Glass and Kaleidoscopes
    Lauren Watts | Painting Around the Farm (Sunday Only)
    Sue Smith, Sans Sue Glass | Stained Glass Art and Demonstrations (Saturday Only)
  8. Correll Farms
    1185 Woodleaf Barber Road | Cleveland, NC 27013
    Correll Farms, LLC a NC Century Farm is a 6th Generation family farm. The farm grows over 100 varieties of vegetables, has a large variety of laying hens for fresh eggs and a small herd of beef cattle. For many years, the farm was a Grade A Dairy with the highest producing Holstein herd in the state. Today, the farm produces vegetables for restaurants, fresh markets and the farm’s Old Fashioned Home Delivery service. They also raise tomatoes for wholesale and retail sales.
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    Artists

    Madison Noble | Handmade Goat Milk Soap
    Richard Moore | Pottery and Wood Crafts
    Kelly Butterfield | Painter & Potter
    Len Barger | Photographer
    Rowan Rolling Pins 4-H Club | Cookies & Lemonade
  9. West Rowan High School FFA
    8050 NC Highway 801 | Mount Ulla, NC 28125
    A working school farm and agricultural education land laboratory, the farm has livestock (small and large), aquaponics, hydroponics, greenhouse horticulture, vermiculture, mushrooms, a traditional garden, an agricultural mechanics shop, and nature trails all for educational purposes. The FFA chapter has 450 FFA members and is a National Outstanding FFA Alumni chapter.
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    All Are Student Artists

    West Rowan High Band Members
    West Rowan Elementary Music Students
    Musical Duo Kevin & Kayleigh | Guitar, Cajon & Vocals
    David Croyle | Keyboard
    Kaydn Sweatt | Painter & Sketch Artist
  10. West Rowan Farm, Home & Garden
    11575 NC Highway 801 | Mount Ulla, NC 28125
    Rowan County’s Original Barn Quilt Headquarters and Workshops. Step back in time as you enjoy a cold treat or delicious dessert while you visit our 100+ year old general store. Saturday & Sunday night community ice cream socials & live music jams are held from 5:00pm-8:00pm
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  11. Back Creek Farm
    2600 Back Creek Church Road | Mount Ulla, NC 28125
    Owners Robin and Joe Hampton are first-generation Angus breeders whose seed stock operation is located in the Mt. Ulla community. They purchased their first registered Angus cattle in 1981, and Back Creek has since evolved to include Katahdin hair sheep and heritage breed chickens.
    Website
    Artists
    Mary Claridy
    | Bath Bombs, Soaps and Organic Home Cleaning Products
  12. C&M Farm
    550 McNeely Road | Mount Ulla, NC 28125
    C&M Farm is a small, family farm that is dedicated to raising high quality registered Hampshire sheep, market goats, and Katahdin-Dorper crosses. The farm maintains approximately 15 Boer goat nannies, 15 Hampshire ewes, and 50 Katahdin or cross ewes. C&M has been home to many sheep and goats that have placed well at livestock shows on the local, state, and national level.

    Artists

    Rachel Mowery | Rustic Edge Soaps
    Jimmy Freeze | Blacksmith
  13. Patterson Farm Market & Tours
    10390 Caldwell Road | Mount Ulla, NC 28125
    Patterson Farm is a fourth-generation family farm that began in 1919. Today, the Patterson family grows strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, cantaloupes and corn. The farm hosts tours for schools and the public and operates a produce market and gift shop. Patterson Farm is known for its pick-your-own strawberry field, is home to a menagerie of farm animals, and welcomes visitors to its themed corn maze each fall.
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    Artists

    Connie Christman | Pottery
    Jenny Booe, The Dizzy Armadillo | Painting
    Madison Reber | Painting
    Ashley Omspach, Unicorn Bows & More | Handmade Whimsical Hair Accessories
    Mike Durmond | Pap’s Garden Whimsies
  14. Rowan Country Life Museum
    550 Sloan Road | Mount Ulla, NC 28125
    The Country Life Museum is a long-held dream of the members of the Carolina Antique Power Association, who are preserving and displaying antique farm items to educate present and future generations on the rural way of life of the American farm family.
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    Artists
    Woodworking
  15. Cauble Creek Vineyards
    700 Cauble Farm Road | Salisbury, NC 28147
    Cauble Creek Vineyard specializes in native Muscadine grapes. The familyowned vineyard and winery produces wines from its estate grapes and neighboring estate Vinifera grapes. The 36-acre site is located in the central area of adjacent parcels of agriculturally-farmed sites, owned by current and past generations of the Cauble family. Natural underground springs flow throughout the surrounding area, allowing clear, pure water to feed the 2.5-acre pond and creeks. The farm uses these natural resources and provides environmentally safe agricultural products.
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    Artists
    Tonia Smith, Beloved Creations | Decorative items and jewelry from recycled items
    Phyllis Steimel | En plein air paintings (Sunday Only)
    Sue Mc Hugh

Farm Business Stops

  1. Salisbury Farmer’s Market
    520 S Main Street | Salisbury, NC 28144
    Open Saturday | 8 am – 12 pm

    Fresh produce, local meats and eggs, handmade soaps, fresh baked goods and much more
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  2. Lazy 5 Ranch
    15100 NC Highway 150 East | Mooresville, NC 28115

    Lazy 5 Ranch is a unique educational experience for visitors to enjoy up-close and personal encounters with more than 750 exotic and domestic animals from six continents. Visitors have the opportunity feed giraffe, zebra, buffalo, cattle, sheep and more via a 3.5 mile drive on 185 acres. Or opt for the horse-drawn wagon ride for a true up-close experience! Other on-site experiences include a walk-through areas featuring additional animal exhibits, petting areas, playground, picnic area, gift shop and snacks!
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  3. Father & Son Produce
    1774 Sherrill’s Ford Road | Salisbury, NC 28147
    Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday – Saturday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm.

    We offer quality produce at an affordable price. We also have canned goods, hand dipped ice cream, a variety of glass bottle milk, spices, pimento cheese, chicken salad, county ham and Ashe County Cheese. Vegetable plants and flowers/hanging baskets, Daddy Pete’s products, straw, pine needles and much more!
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  4. James River Farm Equipment
    1571 Julian Road | Salisbury, NC 28146
    Saturday: 8-1, Sunday: Closed

    James River Equipment delivers all of your equipment needs, whether you’re a homeowner with a quarter-acre or a grain farmer with 2,500 acres of crops to harvest. Our sales team can assist with purchases of everything from a push mower to a combine, and our parts department can fulfill all of your John Deere parts needs, as well as other brands. With over 90 years of combined experience, our technicians are ready to deliver the specialized service you need when you need it. From our at-home Ready-To-Mow service for the lawn & garden customer, to in-shop repair of all brands of equipment, as well as on-site repair of equipment in the field. James River Equipment and John Deere – where quality meets affordability.
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  5. Goodman Farm Supply
    388 N Main Street | China Grove, NC 28023

    Goodman Farm Supply was started in 1963 by two brothers, Elmer and Walter Goodman. Their father was a farmer, but they left the farm only to return in 1963 to open the business. Today the business is still carrying on the family tradition of farming and business. The business has approximately 120 farmers they serve as well as the community with agricultural products and hardware. Open 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Their motto is “Plan and plant for a better tomorrow. Eat fresh.”
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  6. Godley’s Garden Center
    2281 Statesville Blvd | Salisbury, NC 28147

    Godley’s Garden Center & Nursery in Salisbury, NC has served Rowan County for 30 years with a wide variety of garden greenery, services and products that add beauty and value to any property. They offer plants and garden supplies, daily delivery services, hardscaping and water features and other home and gardening accents in the gift shop. Their know-how can help you overcome any garden, landscape or design challenge.
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IT’S ALL ABOUT WORKING HANDS

Want to learn more about the many farms that dot the Rowan County landscape and meet talented artisans? Participants will see firsthand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, learn more about farm life, and purchase farm products and art at this two-day event. The self-guided tour is sure to entertain and educate. With more than 40 working farms in Rowan County, agriculture is our second largest economy.

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT WORKING HANDS

Want to learn more about the many farms that dot the Rowan County landscape and meet talented artisans? Participants will see firsthand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, learn more about farm life, and purchase farm products and art at this two-day event. The self-guided tour is sure to entertain and educate. With more than 40 working farms in Rowan County, agriculture is our second largest economy.

 

How Can Your Organization Get Involved?

In order to keep the event free to the public, the Farm Tour is being funded through grants and sponsorships. As a sponsor, you will share your organization with tour participants, while supporting local farmers and artisans. Choose the sponsorship level of your choice and complete the application on the back by Monday, April 1.

A project of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee and Rowan County Arts & Ag Series.

How Can Your Organization Get Involved?

In order to keep the event free to the public, the Farm Tour is being funded through grants and sponsorships. As a sponsor, you will share your organization with tour participants, while supporting local farmers and artisans. Choose the sponsorship level of your choice and complete the application on the back by Monday, April 1.

A project of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee and Rowan County Arts & Ag Series.

Farm Rules

  • Please do not bring pets to the farms because of state laws.
  • Please do not enter private homes.
  • Please do not leave children unattended.
  • Please take time to wash your hands and make sure that children wash their hands after petting any animal. You may also be asked to disinfect your shoes at farms with livestock to prevent farm-to-farm transmission.
  • Be aware that you are entering a working farm. Please be considerate of posted signs and potential hazards. Under state law, an agri-tourism professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in an agri-tourism activity resulting from an inherent risk associated with the agri-tourism activity.

Hungry from Touring?

Rowan County is home to over 60 unique local restaurants, each bursting with their own original flavors. Go to www.VisitSalisburyNC.com to find a local restaurant, things to do, and places to see.

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