Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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September 27, 2012

Harvest Heritage Tour shines light on agritourism

CATLETTSBURG — Two local extention offices have put their heads together to offer something to do for free this weekend.

The Harvest Heritage Tour will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Boyd and Lawrence counties.

During the hours of the tour, several sites in the region will be open for visitors to shop and sightsee.

It’s the third year for the tour, which draws 600 or more visitors.

Julia Rollins, Lawrence County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, said the event started when several farms along Ky. 3 wanted to add to events already offered at a place called Kentucky Roots.

“Agritourism is a big deal and any time we can get folks to come out to the farm and pick their own vegetables to increase farm profits, that’s extension’s primary goal,” she said.

Rollins said the event as grown from four site to 9 or 10 to this year’s 13 stops on the tour, including:

‰Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church in Rush. The historial church, known as the Little White Church on the Hill, will serve a full breakfast, including bacon, sauasage, eggs, biscuits, gravy and hash browns for $8 from 7 to 11 a.m. Handmade items will be for sale.

‰Blevins Farm in Louisa. Hayrides will be offered at the farm that’s been in the same famly for more than 100 years. Antique farm equipment will be on display.

‰Garrett Chapel in Louisa. The church was built in the late 1800s. Soup beans, kraut and and corn bread will be available.

‰East Fork Farms in Louisa. Visitors will have the chance to see heritage livestock and visit the beef farm, go on a hayride and have their photograph taken with a mule.

‰Old Sand Gap Church in Louisa. The church, formerly known as Trinity, was built in 1888 and will display and sell heritage quilts and other crafts.

‰Savage Farms in Louisa. This visit includes a country store that sells soaps, honey and honey-based products.

‰4 Got N Tymes in Louisa. The farm has pumpkins and fall decorations, jams and jellies for sale.

‰Kentucky Roots in Louisa. Early country antiques are for sale on an 1800s farmsted with several restored log structures.

‰Savage Memorial Church in Fallsburg. The country church will serve barbecue with coleslaw, chips, dessert and a drink for $5.

‰Adkins Mill Farm and Dairy. This is a working farm and small saw mill. Visitors will have pony rides and a petting zoo as well as shopping opportunities.

‰Lighthouse Collision in Catlettsburg. This stop displays old modes of transportation, including antique cars and tractors. Refreshments will be served.

‰Durbin Farm. The Ross family farm is the site of sorghum making as well as apple butter and pear honey.

‰Bend in the River Farm in Catlettsburg. An eight-acre corn maze is the big attraction on this farm along the Big Sandy River.

Rollins said she hopes the event continues to grow and help residents become more connected to their food sources.

Brochures with addresses and maps are available at the Lawrence County Extension Office, 249 Industrial Park Road in Louisa, and at the Boyd County Extension Office, 2420 Center St. in Catlettsburg.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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