'Know your Farmer' Tour

posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:21 PM by Chad Meisinger   [ updated Sep 30, 2010, 8:29 AM by Dawn Childs ]
West Virginia leads the nation in percentage of family-owned farms at 95.2%.  A way to support the local economy is to showcase farms to locals and tourists who seek rural experiences with adventure and learning.  Multiple marketing techniques with local businesses can be used to combine farm tours with chef demonstrations at local restaurants, food festivals, eco-tours, or farmer's market visits booked with local lodging packages.  The opportunities are limitless.
On June 12, 2010, Slow Food DC chapter members and friends of the movement joined WV locals on a "Know your Farmer" tour and learned about conventional, organic, biodynamic, and herb farming methods in Jefferson and Morgan Counties.
The tour was organized as a collaborative effort between Slow Food DC member Patti Miller, owner of Panorama at the Peak restaurant, and Slow Food DC volunteers.
Lunch was provided by 'farm-centric' restaurant Panorama at the Peak, Berkeley Springs, WV ("Eat Fresh!  Eat Local!  Eat Organic!).  They build a weekly menu around what is being harvested by farmers, while providing guests with the freshest food possible. 
Dawn Childs,
Sep 30, 2010, 6:24 AM