Daily Events & Activities

Saturday, May 11th 2013
  • Miami County Spring Farm Tour
    With one new stop featured this year, the Miami County Farm Tour May 11-12 will mark its 10th year of celebrating farm life.

    Walnut Crest Cattle Company has joined the tour for its first year. Owned by Darren and Teri Unruh, Walnut Crest Cattle Company is a custom, grassfed beef operation. They also have eight breeds of free ranging chickens. A 3-acre lake on the property offers a great picnic spot. Located at 17873 W 287th Street near Paola, they can be reached at 913-219-4625 or WCCC@WalnutCrestRanch.com

    All of the stops will be open to visitors Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A new addition at several sites will be the use of QR codes. Paola High School students have been working with the five sites to create the codes and provide a more in depth look at the farm's operations. The students also created the tour's web site, www.MICOFarmTour.com.

    We know living a healthier lifestyle while watching the family budget is becoming increasingly important to families, said Mike Martin, farm tour chairman. Our farmers look forward to this weekend. We enjoy the visits from families who just want the chance to pet a farm animal.

    The QR codes, Martin said, is a way to new attract interest and further demonstrate how agriculture has evolved.

    The weekends farm tour offers families an opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoying the more rural aspects of Miami County. Each site offers activities for the whole family. Animals range from emus and alpacas to Herford cattle and goats. Products include pecans, fresh vegetables, honey, wine and blackberries.

    Slow Food Kansas City continues to be a corporate sponsor for the event. Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. The Kansas City group focuses on food, local growers and the food preparation practices within different cultures. They work to highlight locally grown, seasonable fare.
    Several stops will have products for sale that may require refrigeration, so participants are encouraged to bring a cooler. Most stops have picnic and rest area amenities for families to enjoy.

    This self-guided tour celebrates the countys diversity and highlights local farm products found on the back roads of Miami County. Watch for directional signs the day of the tour and visit as many of the tour stops as you like. Parking areas will be designated at each stop. While parking is available at each site, please be aware that weather and terrain may create some physical challenges.

    Although this event is child friendly, each site is a working farm. Guardians are asked to encourage their children to respect the farms operations, plants and animals.

    More than 240 groups representing almost 800 visitors participated in the 2012 Farm Tour with representatives from four states. For more information about the farm tour or to receive a map of the sites please call 913-294-4045 or visit www.MICOFarmTour.com. A Google map of the farm tour locations is available at http://google/maps/bKN7b. Maps will also be available at each stop.
    This is a great, free family activity to celebrate Mothers Day weekend.
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