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Meet the Newcomers: Farm Tour Q&A Series

By Alex Alesi, ASAP’s fall communications intern

When ASAP’s Farm Tour kicks off next month, you’ll have the chance to learn from and explore more than 30 family farms—spread throughout Western North Carolina. Many of these farms are longstanding tour participants and will be familiar to those of you who attended last year and in other years past. But, more than a dozen of them will make their Farm Tour debuts in 2012.

What do these new farms have to offer? What are their histories? Who are the farmers that tend their fields? Find out in our Meet the Newcomers Q&A series, which first introduces us to a burgeoning vineyard in Leicester. Meet the Newcomers will continue weekly (and maybe bi-weekly!) until September 22, so stay tuned!

Addison Farms Vineyard
Jeff Frisbee

Q: You’re new to the Farm Tour! Are you also new to farming?
A: I grew up on this farm, moved away for professional opportunities, and returned home in late 2008 to start the vineyard. In other words, farming was part of my life growing up, but I had been away for several years. My parents, our partners in the vineyard and winery, have farmed their entire lives. I am the fourth generation of my family to farm this piece of property.

Q: What will visitors see and experience at your farm during the Farm Tour?
A: Visitors in mid-September will find us in the middle of grape harvest. That weekend will be very busy for us, as we will most likely be picking grapes, crushing the fruit, and hosting visitors in our soon-to-be-completed tasting room.

Q: What’s your favorite fall crop to grow, or your favorite thing about fall on your farm?
Our two favorite things about fall are 1) seeing the fruit we have been nurturing all season finally ready for harvest, and 2) the season’s beauty!

More Farm Tour links:
Complete list of participating farms + more tour information
Purchase your pass online

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