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Loudoun’s Spring Farm Tour arrives this weekend

Loudoun's rural economy will be on display for the annual Spring Farm Tour May 20-21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be three different types of venues to explore, including 28 farms, 13 craft beverages and 10 special events and activities, with over 50 total locations all over Loudoun County on the tour.

For over two decades, Loudoun's farms have hosted visitors in the spring and fall. Each year the participating farms and additional venues evolve and increase, mirroring community interests and trends that support our rural economy, according to Kellie Hinkle, agricultural development officer for Loudoun County.

“The 2017 Spring Farm tour boasts nine new participants. These venues have not been a farm tour stop in the past. These new opportunities make sure repeat attendees can get a fresh experience and newcomers have a wide variety of stops to choose from,” Hinkle said.

The new participants on the tour are: Barnhouse Brewery, Jack's Run Brewing Company, Old 690 Brewing Company, Grange and Grub (formerly Chicama Run), Long Stone Farm, Squire Oaks Farm, Harpers Ferry Family Farm, Historic Old Stone School, and Southern States.

“There’s such an amazing variety of things to experience during the Spring Farm Tour,” said Hinkle. “For example, there’s a lavender farm where you can eat lavender-infused ice cream. You can take a selfie with an alpaca or ride a mammoth donkey. You can experience equine-assisted therapy or learn how to spin wool from newly-sheared sheep. There are fun, hands-on activities and fresh farm food for all ages.”

Farm tour participants are invited to share their tour experiences on social media using the hashtag #LoudounFarmTour. Download the app on iTunes or Google Play, or use the interactive map at loudounfarms.org.

“With over 50 possible stops on the Spring Farm tour, there is something for everyone. It is easy to download the map or pick up a brochure and select as many or as few stops as your schedule allows. There are opportunities to learn about alpacas or lavender, shop and pick locally grown produce, have fun participating in farm activities, and enjoy a delicious meal with a local craft beverage,” said Melanie Scoggins, Loudoun County's rural retention and marketing manager.

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