Go Columbia: 5 reasons to visit 10 Midlands farms this weekend

04/05/2014 12:00 AM

04/05/2014 12:17 AM

On Saturday, April 5, as part of the second annual Midlands Farm Tour program, the barn doors of 10 area farms will swing open to visitors, including Blythewood’s Doko Farm, which has been in Joe Jones’ family since 1839. We chatted with Amanda Jones about why you should spend a day on the farm. Here’s what she told us.

1. It’s a chance to buy products you can’t find at the grocery store. Wil-Moore Farm’s lamb sausage is legendary; pair it with duck eggs from Doko Farm and a side of goat cheese from Terra Kotta farm in Leesville, and you’ve got yourself Sunday breakfast.

2. You can show your kids that food doesn’t grow at the grocery store. At Crooked Cedar Farm, raised beds help veggies grow almost at eye level; mushrooms are sprouting at USC’s Community Farm & Garden.

3. There’s more to do than look at plants. Feed pygmy goats at Doko Farm, say hello to fluffy chicks at Wil-Moore Farm, take a horse and buggy ride at Paradise Acres Farm or check out City Root’s tilapia pond.

4. There will be plenty to eat, especially barbecue and gluten-free bakery goods at Paradise Acres Farm.

5. You’ll be supporting your neighbors, who just happen to provide the Columbia area sustainable, delicious, humanely raised meat, dairy and produce.

Tickets for the Midlands Farm Tour are $30 per car and are good both Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6. Farms will be open from 1-5 p.m. Details: carolinafarmstewards.org

Katie McElveen, Special to The State

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