First annual Polk County Agri-Tour set for June 26

Published 2:29 pm Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Want to see how goats milk cheese is made or how draft horses are still in use cutting hay and plowing rows? Theres a new local annual event launching this month to help do just that. The PolkFresh Agri- Tour, organized by the new Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center, will be happening Saturday, June 26.

This self-guided automobile tour is your invitation to visit over nine working farms and gardens throughout the area, ranging from dairy to livestock to cheese-makers and vegetable, herb, and mushroom growers. Farms will offer demonstrations and tours as well as sales so pack your coolers and wear your mud shoes.

Vehicle passes are on sale now at Manna Cabanna in Saluda,&bsp; Adawehi in Columbus, the Polk County Agricultural Development office in Columbus, Giardinis in Columbus and all area farmers markets, held Tuesday through Saturday. Visit for farm sites and further information.

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The day will culminate in a celebration farm-to-table dinner at Giardini Trattoria in Columbus at 7 p.m., complete with locally-sourced dishes, matched wines, and live music. A portion of dinner tickets benefits the Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center. Reserve your dinner place by calling Giardinis at 828-894-0234.