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Grow Cook Eat Farm & Food July Tour

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July 20th Grow-Cook-Eat Farm & Food 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:

Stonewall Creek Vineyards – www.StonewallCreek.com

At the base of Glassy Moutnain, water trickles from the ground and gradually forms Stonewall Creek. Owners Carl & Carla Fackler named their new venture after that meandering stream on teh eastern border. One of the highest vineyards in North Georgia, Stonewall Creek Vineyards has an elevation of 2,200 feet. They planted their first grapevines, a half-acre of Malbec, in May 2005. For the next four years, they added an acre or more of vines each year, experimenting with different varieties, clones and rootstock. Some 3,000 vines now grow on what was once a tired, old apple orchard and pasture. After Malbec, we planted more European Vitis Vinifera – Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Frank, Petit Manseng, Tannat and more Malbec. You will be able to taste some of these wonderful wines while at Stonewall Creek Vineyards.

Timpson Creek Farmswww.TimpsonCreekFarm.com

Timpson Creek Farm is a Certified Organic vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower operation. Practices at the farm reflect a profound respect for natural systems and preserving the native ecology while also growing crops that are full of nutrition and flavor. They utilize Biodynamic growing methods and many alternative design principles found within the growing practices of Permaculture and Agroforestry.

Timpson Creek Farm offers many hands on learning experiences through our Education Center. We hope that 2017 will be the year we launch our Organic U Pick Berry Schedule!

Beechwood Inn Bed & Breakfast – www.BeechwoodInn.ws

Under the ownership of Gayle and Dave Darugh, the 96 year old in is known for its Georgia Mountain hospitality and Farm to Table fine dining since they purchased it in 2000. Food events include a multi-course, Farm to Table Wine Dinner every Saturday evenings, Private Chef Dinners on other evenings, and Cook Classes.

Beechwood Inn is an award-winning and world-renowned Georgia Bed and Breakfast, in the Historic Town of Clayton and a Select Registry Member. While there have been extensive historically accurate renovations and improvements, you will experience hospitality that remains southern rural mountain traditional, attentive, and sincere. Surrounded by mountains, rivers, and streams, you are only minutes from 4 wineries, the Chattooga River, Black Rock Mountain State Park, Tallulah Gorge, Lakes Burton and Rabun, over 20 waterfalls, and the Appalachian Trail. Our location, history, geography, climate, and authentically friendly people, all contribute to making it quite simply a treasure… a natural sanctuary & haven of peaceful calm. It is a great place for you to enjoy, and a great place to spend a few precious days.

Goats on the Roofwww.Goats-on-the-Roof.com

Goats On The Roof is a fun family stop! With lots to do, they carry Amish foods, Amish Furniture, unique gifts, T-Shirts, homemade fudge, best nitro homemade ice cream, gem mining and rock crushers!! You can even feed the goats and become an official Goat Ranger! You can sit back and relax in one of our Amish Adirondack rockers by the fire pit roasting marshmallows! There’s always a surprise at Goats!!

Owners Russ & April Phillips not only carry Amish items at Goats. They value the local products as well. You’ll find in their gift shop many Farm to Table items for sale from local business. Whether it be jams & sauces produced by a local business or honey & soaps from others here in our region they always do their very most to promote and use local products.

Big Billy’s Deli is one of the great lunch spots in town. Local products are use as much as possible when making your fresh sandwich or burger. Delicious is only one word we use to describe your meal. After your lunch it is a must to get a piece or two of April’s homemade fudge or the Nitro ice cream.

Goats on the Roof is one of our best agri-tourism businesses here in Rabun County. Not only is there wonderful Farm to Table products but there are GOATS ON THE ROOF! You have to see it to believe.

Sammy’s Farm

Sam Dino’s Farm is a family owned farm in Tiger, Georgia. This farm is the source fro a large family with extended friends and people in need of vegetables to sustain themselves. You will love the incredible fresh produce when you get to taste straight from the garden farm.

SAMMY’S FARM is the name given to Samantha & John Dino’s farm by her grandchildren who help her ‘grow, cook, and eat’ from her gardens. The farm is the perfect example of the pleasures and benefits of a small family farm. Set on 10 beautiful acres of North Georgia farm land the gardens and chickens are lovingly tended by Sam and John, their children and grandchildren. Sam, who is the farmer, forager, chef and canning expert says, “I grow and give fresh things to the children as well as freeze and can as much as possible. There is still quite a bit leftover so I give some to neighbors, FAITH, and every once in a while someone will ask me for vegetables for a family need. So far I haven’t sold any just beacuse I don’t have time. Keeping up with the garden and the shop at Butlers is a full time job for me!” Sam also forages for chanerelle mushrooms on the farm following spring and fall rains.

Teaching Kitchen Chef Presentation to be announced soon.

4:00pm – Official tour ends. If Tour Participants would like a tour of the Food Bank NEGa and their facilities one will be offered at this time.

Food Bank of Northeast Georgia – Teaching Kitchen www.foodbanknega.org

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 Banks 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 is 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.

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

To purchase tickets call 706-982-4754 or order via this site.

Your Step On Guide: Will be local business woman Irene Bynum. Irene is a multigenerational Rabun County resident. Irene and her family know Rabun County like no other. You will love hearing many stories from the past while you tour the present day Rabun County.

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