Miami County Farm Tour
With four new stops featured this year, participants in the Miami County Farm Tour May 8-9 will have a diverse look at the county.
Beverlin's Little Piece of Paradise and Simple Food offer a look at sustainable farming practices with free-range chickens and market gardens. Emerald Prairie Nursery will highlight landscape fundamentals along with their vineyard. Middle Creek Winery will also offer vineyard tours along with information on their wine-making process.
They, along with the other eight returning stops will be open to visitors Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To highlight the locally grown products, Slow Food Kansas City will have guest chefs from Casa Somerset Catering providing cooking demonstrations using the products produced by farm tour participants. Samples will be available at the Louisburg Cider Mill, 14730 W. K-68 Highway, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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.
“Our farms work hard to provide an educational experience to visitors,” said Mike Martin, farm tour chairman. “With this economy, more families are looking for ways to be self-sufficient. We want to be that resource by answering those questions.”
The weekend’s 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.
This self-guided tour celebrates the County’s 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 farm’s operations, plants and animals.
Janet McRae • Miami County, Kansas • 201 S. Pearl, Suite 202 • Paola, KS 66071
Phone (913) 294-4045 • Fax (913) 294-9163 • jmcrae (a) miamicountyks . org • http://miamicountyks.org
The Tour Includes:
4 D Acres
Mike and Dee Martin
13096 W 287th Street, Louisburg
N 38° 36.410 W 094° 44.190
Enjoy an entertaining and educational trip to 4 D Acres. Learn about this prehistoric animal and what it takes to raise the emu, a modern day dinosaur. Hear the relaxing sounds of the adult emu and the whistling sounds of the baby chicks. Meet Blue, our mascot, and Barney, our pet. A guard llama, Sambo, protects the chicks. Emu oil products and the low fat, heart healthy emu meat will be available for purchase, so bring your cooler.
913-271-1832; mike (a) 4dacres . com
Alpacas 'R Diamonds
Glenn and Robin Alpert
15163 W 323rd, Paola
N 38° 32.500 W 094° 45.654
Come and experience the beautiful alpacas at Alpacas 'R Diamonds. Relax with these curious, gentle, quiet animals and take the opportunity to feel the luxurious fiber the ancient Incas referred to as the fiber of gods. See, touch and purchase products made from this wonderful fiber for which alpacas are raised.
913-849-3738; ardalpert (a) cs . com
Beverlin's Little Piece of Paradise, LLC
Lonnie and Claudia Beverlin
28005 W 295, Paola
N 38° 35.558 W 094° 54.674
Beverlin's Little Piece of Paradise is a small sustainable farm featuring: pasture raised pork, chickens, free range eggs, honey bees, homemade breads, a large market garden and a dairy cow named Bessy. Come help milk, collect eggs, plant tomatoes or pull a few weeds. The brave can inspect a hive.
816-213-1318; beverlins (a) netzero . com
Cedar Ridge Farm Boers
David and Cathy Webster
39407 Harmony Road, Fontana
N 38° 24.738 W 094° 52.851
Visit our small Boer goat breeding operation, raising 4-H and FFA show prospects, market goats and pet goats. Raising goats can be a rewarding hobby or small business. Goats require smaller acreages and less money to feed and maintain in comparison to other livestock. We look forward to your visit.
913-594-2276; cwebcattle (a) aol . com
Cy and Dee's Blackberries
Cy and Dee Aiken
28615 Rockville Road, Louisburg
N 38° 36.459 W 094° 39.452
We welcome you to come and see our patch of 1000 thornless plants. See the yearling plants, trellises and drip-line watering system. Nearly ready to bloom now, berries will ripen in mid-July through August. You pick or we pick. Plan to make a family outing! Tomatoes and sweet corn in season.
913-731-2324; cdaiken (a) mokancomm . net
Emerald Prairie Nursery
21045 K-68 Highway, Paola
N 38° 37.276 W 094° 49.988
Emerald Prairie Nursery offers visitors the opportunity walk or ride through the nursery and vineyard. Our vineyard features more than 9,000 grape vines; three varieties of red grapes and two varieties of white. Educational pieces will include ideas for patio and straw bale gardening, landscape FUNdamentals and a walk-through winemaking class.
913-557-5700; lcrum (a) emeraldprairienursery . com
Middle Creek Winery
Stephen and Kristin Graue
4353 West 351st Street, Louisburg
N 38° 29.406 W 094° 38.165
Middle Creek Winery is a small, family-owned vineyard with a winery located in our former horse barn. Wines are handcrafted entirely from Kansas grapes, honey and fruits. Come tour the vineyards and our winery. Visit the historic sorghum press. We’re pleased to share our handcrafted Miami County wines.
913-377-4689; skgraue (a) fairpoint . net
Leland and Slina Prothe
33850 Victory Rd, Paola
N 38° 30.800 W 094° 49.601
You are welcome to sample pecans, tour the orchard, weather permitting, and check out equipment for harvesting to shelling pecans on this family farm dating back to 1879. Pecan halves, cracked pecans, black walnut pieces and container grown pecan trees will be for sale and are available all year. Thanks for stopping in!
913-849-3358; lspecans (a) midwest-connections . com
Silver Lining Herefords
Gerald and Marlyn Silvers
8435 W 295th Street, Louisburg
N 38° 35.523 W 094° 40.934
A small, Polled Hereford operation featuring registered bulls, heifers and cows. We also grow and feed out the highest quality beef around the Eastern Kansas Region. It is USDA inspected and contains no added steroids.
913-375-2931; geraldsilvers (a) yahoo . com
Jeremy Haskin and Angela Rothweiler
35022 New Lancaster Road, Paola
N 38° 29.561 W 094° 43.962
We are an organic homestead providing an excess of free-range chicken eggs, sheep, dairy goats and heirloom produce. Everyday brings an egg hunt. You can feed and interact with my animals.
913-660-6282; greenergirl (a) gmail . com
Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery
Dennis and Cindy Reynolds
29725 Somerset Rd, Paola
N 38° 35.302 W 094° 46.140
Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Miami County. Visit a working vineyard and winery! Guided and self-guided tours of the vineyard will be available. Learn about the rich grape growing and winemaking history in Kansas. Sample our award-winning wines while enjoying the natural beauty of the vineyard.
913-294-9646; dreynolds (a) somersetridge . com
Terabithia Dairy Goats
Vince and Becky Thorpe
30984 Bethel Church Road, Paola
N 38° 33.978 W 094° 59.557
Welcome to Terabithia Dairy Goat Farm. The Oberhasli breed has been our specialty since 1985. Quality in milk production and breed improvement is our goal. Sample our milk and artisanal cheese. "Cooking with goat cheese" classes available in the summer. Bring your own container for any milk purchase.
Almost 200 groups participated in the 2010 Farm Tour with representatives from three states. The more than 600 visitors spent more than $12,750 while participating in farm tour activities.
For more information about the farm tour or to receive a brochure please call 913-294-4045 or visit http://miamicountyks.org/ecodevtour.htm
Direct FARM TOUR Brochure link: http://miamicountyks.org/events/FarmTour.pdf