Gwen Fowler



Farms open doors for York County tour

Posted 6/5/2012 12:44:00 PM

A farm is a beautiful thing, so why not combine art and agriculture on tour?

That’s the idea behind the York County Ag + Art Tour, a free, self-guided tour of farms and artisans June 9-10. You can see where your food comes from, watch artists at work, buy art work and fresh veggies and introduce the kids to some farm animals.

Here are some of the stops you can make:

Black’s Peaches and the Cotton Belt Bakery: Enjoy baked goods, fresh peaches, local produce and honey, and boiled peanuts. Jewelry and pottery artisans will be on site.

Bush-N-Vine Farm: Take a hike on the trail around the farm, stock up on peaches and vegetables, and watch a quilting artist at work.

Ketchen Place Farm: At this Rock Hill horse-breeding farm, view horses of all ages, including foals.

Mama Beehive Honey Farm: This beekeeping operation in Clover sells honey, beeswax candles and healthcare products.

Sander’s Peaches: Author Dori Sanders and her family specialize in growing peaches on their Filbert farm. Knitting and quilting artist Diane Cranford will be on hand.

Springs Farm: This Fort Mill farm, visit the quaint peach stand and tour the orchard.

Stowe Dairy Farms: This Gastonia farms raises grass- fed beef, brown eggs, sorghum syrup and heirloom vegetables. Children can enjoy a hayride and other farm activities.

Tega Hills Farm: At this farm in Fort Mill, hydroponic microgreens, tomatoes and other vegetables are grown.

Tirzah Farm and Flowers: Fresh cut flowers, potted flowers and plants, tomatoes and other vegetables are grown on this York farm.

Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill: Complimentary hard cider tastings will be offered at the licensed and bonded cidery in York. The kids can feed baby pigs.

Four York County restaurants that serve local food also will be participating: Erin’s Restaurant in Rock Hill, Lell’s Café in Rock Hill, Passion8 Bistro in Fort Mill and The Brandon House in York.

Sponsors of the tour are the Arts Council of York County, Clemson Extension York County, Culture and Heritage Museums, Olde English District Tourism Commission and the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau.