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Farm Tour – September 2011

Meg, Devin, Devin’s friend Mike, and I toured/visited three farms on Saturday as part of the Know Your Farms 2011 Farm Tours. It was a blast, and our clear favorite was Apple Orchard Farm in Stanley, NC. His farming practices, happy animals, awesome variety, educational presentation, and tasty burgers won us over easily.

Burger-producing grill

At Apple Orchard Farm.

Tractor!

At Apple Orchard Farm.

Reaching Windmill

At Apple Orchard Farm. It was cold and, as you can see, gloomy.

Apple Orchard Farm

Signage.

Greenhouse

At Apple Orchard Farm.

Me, foot washing

At Apple Orchard Farm. They require you to vinegar-wash your shoes before touring.

Meg, foot washing

Also at Apple Orchard.

Art Duckworth of Apple Orchard Farm

That's apparently his real name.

Mushroom Trees

He gets pounds and pounds of mushrooms from each log, apparently. At Apple Orchard Farm.

Windmill

Windmills are such graceful-looking structures from below. They seem to survey all they see. At Apple Orchard Farm.

Muscadines!

Turns out they aren't much to my taste, but the vines are pretty! At Apple Orchard Farm.

Art's house garden

Nothing that grows there is for sale. At Apple Orchard Farm.

Chickens!

Apparently many of these were recently molted, accounting for their smallish size. At Apple Orchard Farm.

Bees!

Art @ Apple Orchard Farms keeps lots and lots of bees. I can personally say his sourwood honey is friggin' delicious.

Lily

Lily the horse was quite friendly and lippy.

Lily's eye

Hello, Lily. Nice to meet you.

APO: farm tour

Just a nice shot of Apple Orchard's land and owner.

Curious cattle

Young cows are apparently rather curious about visitors.

Me and a windmill

Because I just can't get enough of windmills.

Devin and Mike

Two of my wonderful companions on the farm tours.

Maple Springs: Faces

Deana and Meg.

Where are we going?

Took us a while to figure that out.

Hungry Horse

i can't remember what the 3rd farm was that we visited, but this was quite the hungry horse.

Horse cataracts?

This looks like cataracts to me. Unfortunately, I don't think the critters at this farm (whichever it was) were very happy.

Somber Donkey

Aren't donkeys supposed to frolic?

Mew!

I think all farms should have one of these.

Large-scale... something

Farming, I suppose.

Favorite pigs

Not my favorites, but the farmer's. He made a huge point of them not being pets, though. The first one's name is Bacon, the second Ham, etc. o_O

Me and Devin

On a hayride! Woo-hoo!

Super-friendly goats

They hung out with us for a while, and seemed to like us.

Camera curious

I just can't get enough of curious goats.

This one wanted to taste the camera shortly after this shot.

Chillaxing cow

Didn't mind us at all. Wasn't the least bit social, either.

Real cotton

Don't think I'd ever seen it in person before.

Burger-producing grill
Tractor!
Reaching Windmill
Apple Orchard Farm
Greenhouse
Me, foot washing
Meg, foot washing
Art Duckworth of Apple Orchard Farm
Mushroom Trees
Windmill
Muscadines!
Art's house garden
Chickens!
Bees!
Lily
Lily's eye
APO: farm tour
Curious cattle
Me and a windmill
Devin and Mike
Maple Springs: Faces
Where are we going?
Hungry Horse
Horse cataracts?
Somber Donkey
Mew!
Large-scale... something
Favorite pigs
Me and Devin
Super-friendly goats
Camera curious
Chillaxing cow
Real cotton
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Muscadines! thumbnail
Art's house garden thumbnail
Chickens! thumbnail
Bees! thumbnail
Lily thumbnail
Lily's eye thumbnail
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Curious cattle thumbnail
Me and a windmill thumbnail
Devin and Mike thumbnail
Maple Springs: Faces thumbnail
Where are we going? thumbnail
Hungry Horse thumbnail
Horse cataracts? thumbnail
Somber Donkey thumbnail
Mew! thumbnail
Large-scale... something thumbnail
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Super-friendly goats thumbnail
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Chillaxing cow thumbnail
Real cotton thumbnail

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