Experience every facet of farming that Butler County has to offer! There will be more than ten different types of farms on the tour and that’s not even counting any of the extra stops! Alpacas, dairy, produce, grains, fruits, brewing, horses, cows, poultry, trees and beyond! Some even do multiple forms of agriculture at their farm. The opportunities to learn about Butler County farms and agriculture are endless! Check out our list of ten experiences that you won’t want to miss!
1. Experience Butler County’s Farming History. See tons of antique and present-day farming equipment. Equipment displays will be at Harvest Valley Farms, Armstrong Farms, Har-Lo Farms Inc., Albert R. Miller’s Garage & Farm Equipment, and the Portersville Steam Show.
2. Tours, Demos and More! Attend exclusive demonstrations about raising chickens, bee keeping, sausage stuffing, mashing grains into alcohol, apple cider making and more. You can also attend a live horse show at Horse on Course Equestrian Center, or watch sport horse demos and take pony rides at Silver Crest Equestrian Center. Take a look at our schedule and features on each region for a complete line-up of scheduled activities.
3. Take Advantage of Autumn! Many farms will be holding their annual harvest festivals and activities to honor the changing season! Don’t miss all of these opportunities to pick pumpkins, play in corn pits, take hayrides, and travel through corn mazes and straw tunnels. Some fall activities do cost a small fee.
4. Prepare for the (dare we say it)… Holidays! At Jones Turkey Farm, you’ll be able to sample sweet corn and fried turkey, and then enjoy a 10% discount if you pre-order your holiday turkey during the Farm Tour! Next, make your way to Pine Hill Farms to see the fantastic selection of pine trees, and watch tree trimming, wreath making and Christmas tree bailing demonstrations. They will also be offering a coupon to bring back later in the year for a discount on your holiday tree!
5. Visit one of the last producers of buckwheat flour in the county! Zanella Milling will share with you the flour milling process and history. You can also sample some tasty buckwheat pancakes. Bonus: Did you know buckwheat is gluten free? You’ll never want to go back to store brand flour for your pancakes again!
6. Enjoy Tasty Meals Cooked Right Before Your Eyes and Vendors Galore! Miss Molly will be preparing delicious home-cooked meals on her giant iron skillet both days at Whispering Pines Farm. Watch her work her magic and enjoy breakfast or lunch in the beautiful atmosphere. There will also be more than fifteen vendors and horse-drawn wagon rides as well as demos on blacksmithing, weaving alpaca fiber, felting and more!
7. Take in the fall foliage and rolling farmlands. Enjoy a mini-cruise on Lake Arthur with the Moraine Preservation Fund where you’ll be able to appreciate Butler County’s stunning fall foliage. Hayrides and wagon rides available at multiple farms will carry you over the fields of their crops. Please note that some of these activities do charge a small fee.
8. Have a brew where it grew! North Country Harvest Company, the farm behind the well-known North Country Brewing Company, and ShuBrew Handcrafted Ales and Food will have special behind the scenes opportunities during the Farm Tour (see From the Farm to your Glass article for details!).
9. Milk a Cow! Visit Windy Ridge Farm for an educational, hands-on experience of how to milk a cow. Their life-size cow, named Chloe, is made of fiberglass and is milkable just like the cows you’ll meet on their farm!
10. The gang’s all here! A farm wouldn’t be complete without the sound and presence of its barnyard critters. Chances to feed these cuddly friends as well as photo ops will be located all over the county. If you use Instagram or Facebook, don’t forget to tag your photos with #BCFarmTour! You can also submit your photos to the photo contest on our website.