The Purple Eastern Triangle Farm Tour Adventure Trail is action packed with a total of 6 farms all within a 30 minute drive of Durham. The fun happens Sept. 17-18 from 1-5 PM both days. Choose 3-4 farms from this cluster for a full afternoon of farm touring fun, or start your afternoon with some of the stops closer to town on the yellow trail and then head up Rougemont for an unforgettable end to your farm tour weekend! For stops close to city limits, head over to the Durham Public Schools Hub Farm where DPS students learn how to grow food. Or stop by Sarah and Michael’s Farm for a look at their beautiful cut lilies. Just 15 minutes from downtown, you can visit with Blue Whistler Farm’s friendly animals and do some shopping at their mini pop-up market. Come hungry for your venture up to the scenic Rougemont/Bahama area where the friendly goats at Prodigal Farm await (try their award winning cheeses at this stop). Plus, visit Bull City Farm to see the unique heritage breed animals and sample irresistible treats from Old Havana Sandwich Shop and East Durham Pie Company. Finally, enjoy the storybook setting at Hundred Acre Farm and Sanctuary complete with pastures, ponds, and hiking trails.
Durham Public Schools Hub Farm
The DPS Hub Farm is a 30+-acre farm, forest and aquatic habitat where students learn about food production and land stewardship. This farm is on a mission to teach kids about healthy living, career exploration, environmental stewardship and community engagement. Visitors will enjoy touring the Hub Farm’s food production gardens, pollinator habitat gardens, animals, a barn, nature trails, a floating lab, outdoor classrooms and harvest and cooking stations. You’ll see late summer crops and the starts of the fall garden and learn about the hands-on activities and programs offered to students.
Sarah & Michael’s Farm
Stop and smell the flowers! Specializing in extraordinary lilies, this farm is a truly one of a kind experience. Visitors will learn about how Asiatic and Oriental lilies are grown in soil made from coconuts (a renewable resource), utilizing a steam machine that cleans the soil naturally and production techniques that imitate the lilies’ natural growth cycle.
Blue Whistler Farm
Friendly animals await your visit at this 5-acre farmstead just 15 minutes from Durham. Farmers Amy and Josh sliffe raise pastured livestock including rabbits, chickens, hogs, turkeys, ducks, egg layers and sheep. Enjoy the afternoon on the farm feeding the 100+ laying hens, bring some fruit for the pigs, pet the baby bunnies, walk through the garden and enjoy delicious food produced on the farm and by other local businesses. Regulator Brewing Co. will offer their local craft beers at this stop, BlueBird Bakery will sell pastries, and this farm will be serving up BBQ Chicken plates with a veggie side, ice cream and drinks (all with locally sourced ingredients).
Pro tip: bring your cooler and stock up at the pop up market at this stop featuring fresh veggies from neighboring Dig It Farm & delicious dairy products by Carolina Farmhouse Creamery.
Farmers Kat Spann and Dave Krabbe have transformed this 95- acre former tobacco farm into certified Animal Welfare Approved, award winning goat cheese dairy. Enjoy the insider tour of the dairy, soap making and beekeeping demonstrations and a couple of blacksmithing demonstrations. Meet the 84 milking does and play with the 105 kids from this year – Katniss and Kiwi, Kewpie and Kevy. They love people! Taste the outstanding fresh and aged goat cheeses (the marinated feta is seriously addicting!) and buy some to take home. Make a meal of the terrific calzones featuring Prodigal Farm goat cheeses and local produce.
Bull City Farm
Bull City Farm is celebrating 2 years on the new farm! The tents are gone, the bees have been moved, the animals are waiting to meet you! Take a look at the interesting Mangalista hogs (adorable, hairy pigs), learn from the demonstration beehive complete with information about beekeeping like how to start a pollinator garden. Plus, Roberto Copa Matos from Old Havana Sandwich Shop in Durham will offer the classic Cuban “pan con lechon” – pork and bread for sale with homemade sodas. Polish it off with Ali Rudel’s handmade pie (sliced or whole) from The East Durham Pie Company. Pastured pork, beef and eggs for sale.
Hundred Acre Wood Farm & Sanctuary
There is a harmony here that can be seen and felt at this farm. The Hundred Acre Wood is mostly forest, which invites hiking the trails, and islands of permanent pasture and ponds. All the creatures from the Winnie the Pooh story can be seen here: Piglet (a potbellied pig), Eeyore (a Haflinger draft horse), Owl (a Silkie rooster), Heffalumps (the Dexter Cattle), Kanga and Roo (Boer goats) and even Christopher Robin (me!). Plus ducks and geese galore and ducklings hatched in June. Enjoy learning about the a large kitchen garden as well. Check out our blog post before your visit for some backstory on Farmer Jim Dykes’ 35 year history as a long standing CFSA member farm. This is truly a beautiful farm that will delight the whole family!
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