Loudoun County’s 25th annual Fall Farm Tour will launch in a virtual format on Saturday. It will continue the tradition of connecting farmers with consumers during the harvest season, but through an online tour that will feature more than two dozen sites.
The program is scheduled to go live at 10 a.m. Oct. 17.
For the best touring experience, the program is best viewed on a desktop device at LoudounFarms.org/FarmTour. Residents also may sign up for email notifications and shop the Loudoun Made Loudoun Grown Marketplace.
“This initiative follows a successful virtual Spring Farm Tour, which connected thousands of people from 16 countries with Loudoun farms during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown. It also complements our Loudoun Made Loudoun Grown Marketplace, which drives farm product sales in a socially distant way,” stated Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer.
Each of the featured farms submitted photos, videos, brief descriptions and an educational activity in order to be included in this season’s tour. All vignettes also link to the farm websites and online stores. Additional entries will be added throughout the harvest season on a rolling basis.
“This farm tour roster marks one of the most inclusive our history, spotlighting a cross-section of Loudoun’s diverse farming industries, including traditional agriculture, equine, craft beverage and cheese makers, hemp producers, bed and breakfasts, plant nurseries, farm schools and museums, and much more,” said Loudoun’s Business Development Officer, Agriculture and Business Services John Magistro. “Virtual farm tourists are also encouraged to shop the Loudoun Made Loudoun Grown Marketplace, with convenient pickup locations throughout Loudoun County.”