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Grow Cook Eat Farm and Food October Tour

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46 Plaza Way

Across Rabun County, Georgia

Clayton, Georgia 30525

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October 19th Grow-Cook-Eat Tour

9:45am – Meet at the Food Bank at 46 Plaza Way, Clayton, Ga
10:00am – Depart the Food Bank to begin our Farm & Food experience

Our tour will include the following agri-tourism businesses:

The Stack Farm

With a goal of diversifying the farm’s products, Leckie and Bill Stack offer pick-your-own apples, wine grapes, Asian pears and Oriental persimmons on designated days during the fall harvest season. In the summer season they provide local chefs with asparagus, blackberries, blueberries, table grapes, plums, crabapples, elephant garlic and Viognier VerJus. These products contribute to Rabun County being the “Farm to Table Capital of Georgia.” Stack Farm produce is available at Clayton’s Simply HomegrownSaturday Farmer’s Market and is on the menu at local restaurants including Fortify, the Lake Rabun Hotel and the Beechwood Inn.

The Stack Farm is a 25 acre portion of one of Rabun county’s original apple orchards – planted 80 years ago by Drew and Mary Massee. The orchard grows over a dozen varieties of apples.

Not only is The Stack Farm a wonderful resource for our local chefs and farmers markets it is a beautiful piece of land in our piece of the Northeast Georgia Mountains. True tranquility and peace engulfs you while on the farm.

Mill Gap Farms

Mill Gap Farm is a small family vegetable farm in Tiger, Georgia; producing a wide variety of healthy, chemical free vegetables. The owners and farmers are Chuck and Amy Mashburn who also work closely with the local Farm to School Program. THey grow the usual garden suspects and also champion the under appreciated such as Jerusalem Artichokes (or ‘Sunchokes’) and legumes. Look for them at Simplyhomegrown Farmers Market Saturday mornings at the Food Bank in Clayton, Georgia and online at

There will be a tasting at Mill Gap Farm.

Lake Rabun Hotel –

Experience the true flavor of the mountains. Relax in a completely natural setting, ‘a hidden gem,’ and enjoy what many call ‘the best food in Georgia.’ Wake in the mornings to a gourmet breakfast in our dining room or al fresco on the deck.

The Lake Rabun Hotel introduced the Farm to Table dining movement to the mountains of North Georgia several years ago. It maintains a close working relationship with regional farms and farmers throughout teh entire growing season. Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant works closely with local farms and farmers to provide our guests with only the freshest, most nourishing and healthy ingredients, prepared in a way to bring out their natural flavors.

Tiger Mountain Vineyards –

Tiger Mountain Vineyards, a boutique North Georgia winery, cultivates all of its grapes and produces all of its handcrafted wines right here in the mountains of Rabun County. The winery, along with its historic Red Barn Cafe, is jointly owned by four native Georgians, Dr. John and Martha Ezzard and John and Marilyn McMullan.

Dr. John began planting European vinifera grapes in 1995 on his five-generation-old farm at Tiger Mountain where he was born. He and his wife Martha, with the assistance of a successful Virginia vineyard, carefully selected the varieties of grapes suited to the climate of the southern Blue Ridge, creating the first vinifera vineyard in the state. Tiger Mountain Vineyards now grows six French vinifera varieties: Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Mourvedre, Petit Manseng, Tannat, and Viognier, as well as the Portuguese Touriga Nacional. In addition to the European varieties, John also planted the American Norton grape, native to Virginia. The first Norton vines were rooted from Virginia cuttings. Nine acres in total were planted, all by hand. Now, Martha, an environmental lawyer and author, is focusing on growing the hardy Norton grapes free of chemicals.

TMV has won more than 225 national and regional awards since 2001! On this tour you will be able to sample several of these wines.

Hillside Orchard Farms

Nestled in the Northeast Georgia Mountains Hillside has a 100 acre farm where they grow, can, and sell items on the farm. They have Apples, Blackberries, Muscadines and More. Hillside produces over 700 Jams, Jellies and more and don’t forget to pick up some of our famous Hillside Orchard Farms cider & bread. They have a fully Commercial Bakery where they are always making bread, pies and fritters to enjoy. You can find all these items and more at their fabulous store on the property.

We will have a tasting of their delicious bakery items while we are touring Hillside Orchard.

Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center Cooking

In 1966, a young teacher at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School was struggling to engage the students in his high school English class. In frustration, he asked them what they thought would make the curriculum interesting. They decided to produce a magazine, honing their writing skills on stories gathered from their families and neighbors, and producing articles about the pioneer era of southern Appalachia.
They called it “Foxfire” after the glowing fungus that clings to rotted wood in the local hills. This spark of an idea – and the work that followed – has turned into a phenomenon of education and living history, teaching readers, writers, visitors, and students how our pioneer past helps define who we are and what we can become. And now, 50 years later, Foxfire continues to welcome people from across the globe into the fascinating world of Appalachian pioneer folk.

Foxfire is under new Executive Director leadership as of this winter. TJ Smith is adding new and innovative methods to the already wonderful Foxfire. One such idea is the creation of house or structure themes. This spring there will be a ‘Cooking House’ where there ideals of the original Farm to Table methods will be demonstrated. We are very fortunate that this tour, the last in the 2017 series, we will be able to have our Chef Demonstration in the newly named Cooking Kitchen.

4:00pm – Official tour ends. The shuttle will take all tour participants back to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia to their vehicles.

Food Bank of Northeast Georgia – Teaching Kitchen

The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia is located in Clayton, Georgia here in Rabun County. This is a spotlight program that is going to be a model for Food Hubs around the country. As part of the Food Hub they have included a teaching kitchen that will be used for various programs, one of which the Grow-Cook-Eat Tours. The hope for the teaching kitchen for our community and others is to show people how fun and easy it is to use fresh and locally grown products to cook for your family. The teaching kitchen falls directly into the ideals of the Farm to Table movement here in Rabun County. A short cooking demonstration and tasting will be provided at the teaching kitchen.

Cooking Demonstration will be offered by Chef Cara-Lee Langston. Cara-Lee is the Director of the Teaching Kitchen at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

Tour Stops are subject to change so check back to confirm the stop destinations.

To purchase tickets call 706-982-4754 or email

Your Step On Guide – Dave Darugh

Chef Darugh is the Executive Chef at Beechwood Inn. Dave Darugh has such a wealth of knowledge not only about the Farm to Table movement in Rabun County but of most all the tourism features to the county as well.

Dave grew up in his parent’s restaurant in Sonoma, California, and studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, Johnson & Wales in Providence Rhode Island, in Dijon, France and in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dave has been voted Best Chefs America for the past 6 years. This is an honor won by being nominated and voted on by other Chef’s.

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