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Grow Cook Eat Farm & Food June Tour

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Northeast Georgia Food Bank

46 Plaza Way

Clayton, Georgia 30525

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June 15th 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:

Andy’s Trout

Nestled on 325 beautiful acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Andy’s has three fully stocked Trout ponds and 13 rustic cabins available for rent. Opened in 1965 the cold mountain stream flowing through the property provides the ideal place to raise rainbow trout. Andy’s will bait your hook and dress your catch. The Valley Cafe’, five miles away in Dillard, will cook your trout for you. There is also a party venue that is perfect for family reunions, casual weddings, and group retreats. We will have a tasting while at Andy’s Trout Farm.

Mountain Meadow Day Lily Farm –

Mountain Meadow Daylilies is owned and farmed by Carolyn Rafter. The garden has about 1000 kinds of daylilies. Special ones include spiders, doubles, eyes, edges, and unusual forms. Mountain Meadow is a member of the North Georgia Daylily Society and her flowers are beautiful.

Farmhouse at Persimmon

The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek’s journey began in the summer of 2011. After a brief relationship with the now defunct adjacent Vineyard, owner Vince Scafitti, had a mere few hundred dollars and a vision. He wanted to create a Farm to Table concept Eatery bringing the highest quality products available to the table. Vince opened his doors with 5 guests and a handful of groceries in August 2011.

The folks at Farmhouse are fortunate to have their own small garden and they do their best to source local products. Being in the heart of the ‘Farm to Table’ Capital of Georgia, we believe in supporting our local growers as well.

The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek has grown to moderate success, open three nights a week and a monthly Sunday Brunch in season. We host other events as well. A Cooking Class series, Weddings and a host of other types of private functions.

We are truly the most unique dining experience found in the North East Georgia Mountains. We pride ourselves on showcasing food in a boutique setting nestled in Persimmon Valley located on the outskirts of Clayton, Georgia.

The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek seat by reservation only.

Sylvan Falls

The historic Sylvan Falls Mill, located in the scenic mountains of northeast Georgia, is celebrating its 175th year of operation. It is unique among other gristmills, in that it is located below a 100-foot cascading waterfall, and the mill is powered by a 27-foot water wheel, which is one of the largest in the United States. The owners operate the grist mill and make their own labeled product.

SMLC Old School Community

The Old School Garden was established in 2010 through a partnership among the Sustainable Mountain Living Communities, the County Extension Office, Rabun County Commission, and other generous individuals, organizations and businesses.

They have more than 30 gardeners on 66 plots. Also offered are a summer-long series of classes held every 2nd and 4th Monday on all aspects of gardening. The Old School Garden promotes community, teaches gardening, and is a lot of fun!

Teaching Kitchen Chef Presentation by Manuel Manrique of Manrique's Mexican Restaurant

Manuel Manrique left Mexico in 1987 to work in California. After a year he left for Georgia where some of his cousins were working in the poultry industry in the Gainesville area.

Manuel and Mary Lou decided to create their own workplace. They rented a very small storefront and opened Manrique’s Mexican Grocery Store. The store carried Mexican staples like tortillas, chilies, beans, herbs, avocados and popular Mexican drinks. Ninety five percent of their customers were of Mexican heritage.

One of their friends, Tommy, kept telling them to “dream big”. Their customers and menu kept growing and in 1998 Manuel had an opportunity to buy his own space. Manuel and Mary Lou courageously decided to eliminate the groceries and to become a bona fide Mexican restaurant. They listened to their customers’ requests and expanded the menu, adding recipes from Manuel’s Mother. Their customer base began to change as more and more “locals” discovered both their terrific food and their friendly and colorful atmosphere! They continued to adapt and the business kept growing. They added more tables and booths and even a cozy fireplace as well as expanding the kitchen. On any given day (except Tuesdays when they are closed) you wait for a table. It is well worth the wait.

You will love the tastings Manuel will prepare for your liking. Fresh, local, and authentic mexican dishes is a perfect way to end this tour.

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

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

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