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Agritourism Businesses

International

National

  • Rural Bounty - National listing of agritourism enterprises.


State

Arizona

  • Duncan Family Farms, Market to Market, Iowa Public Television, 2002 - Arizona farm bolsters sustainability through tourism.

California

  • Napa Yolano Harvest Trails, Small Farm Center, University of California - A guide to agritourism sites in Yolo, Solano and Napa counties in Northern California. The site contains more than 90 agritourism listings.

Georgia

  • Cagles Family Farm, Hickory Flat, Georgia - This former dairy farm maintains a herd of dairy cows and variety of farm animals for visitors to see. The farm specializes in farm tours for school children.

Idaho

  • Idaho Farmer Finds Success with Agri-tourism, Market to Market, Iowa Public Television, 2009 - For the past two decades, MaryJane Butters has carved a life for her family in rural Idaho by opening her farm up to agri-tourism, as well as many other alternative enterprises.

Iowa

  • Bloomsbury Farm, Atkins, Iowa - This operation includes a 10-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and goat walk, play area, concessions, party barns, greenhouse and more.
  • Whiterock Conservancy (formerly Garst Farms Resort), 2004 - This profile of an Iowa operation focuses on a total farm experience with additional activities provided, such as a star-gazing tour, guided nature walks and fishing. In 2007, the resort was donated to Whiterock Conservancy and renamed Whiterock Resort.
  • Growing Family Fun, 2006 - This profile details one operation turning to agritourism. The third-generation family business manages corn and soybean production 14 miles northeast of downtown Des Moines, Iowa, and is located just five minutes from I-35 and I-80. Darrell and Malinda Geisler manage the business.
  • Field of Fun, 2004 - Corn maze fundraiser to benefit local 4-Her's.

Indiana

  • County Line Orchard, Ag Marketing Resource Center - County Line Orchard, located in Hobart, Indiana, claims to be the closest pick-your-own apple orchard to downtown Chicago. The 40-acre orchard is operated by the McAfees, a fifth-generation Indiana farm family. Apples are ripe from mid August until the end of October. The farm hosts tens of thousands of students and teachers for educational tours.
  • LazyAA B&B Guest Ranch - This rural B&B guest ranch, located between Indianapolis and Chicago, offers fishing as well as horse and buggy rides. The ranch is operated by Steve Auth, who enjoys showing visitors "the joys of the country."

Illinois

  • Eckert's Country Store & Farms, Belleville, Illinois - This seventh-generation family operation is regarded as the largest pick-your-own orchard in the United States. The farm offers three locations outside of St. Louis. The farms, which are family entertainment centers, feature children's activities, annual events, a country store and restaurant.

Maryland

  • Sharp's at Waterford Farm, Brookeville, Maryland -  This family farm markets pick-your-own and wholesale pumpkins. Sharp also offers farm tours, hayrides and campfires and grows greenhouse plants.
  • Doepkens Farm, rural Anne Arundel County, Maryland - This farm began many years ago as a tobacco farm. In 1992 owner/operator Bill Doepkens began making the transition from tobacco to ornamental flowers, gourds and fresh eggs.

Missouri

  • Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch, located north of Kansas City near Liberty, is a you-pick pumpkin patch open in September and October. It features 50 acres of pumpkins, two gift shops, children’s play yard, petting farm, farm train, pig races, melodrama, wagon ridges, gem-stone mining and Missouri's largest corn maze. The farm also offers educational school tours during the spring and fall by appointment.

New York

  • Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards, Gasport, New York - This 340-acre working fruit and vegetable farm and winery sells directly to the public. In addition to family and group apple and pumpkin picking, the farm offers a petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides and summertime weekend festivals.

Ohio

  • Maize Valley, Hartville, Ohio - Bill Baken and his wife, Michelle, joined this family enterprise, a diversified direct farm market, following college in 1985. The farm market includes a bakery, deli and the sale of fresh produce. In addition, the enterprise has a greenhouse business. During seasonal times of the year, Maize Valley operates an agritourism business that includes an 11-acre corn maze, wagon rides, petting pasture, concessions, kids play area and more. New for 2005 was the addition of a winery to complement the farm market.

Vermont

  • Liberty Hill Farm, Ag Marketing Resource Center, Iowa State University, 2003 - This Vermont dairy farm turned to agritourism to boost the farm's income and found a niche supplying a farm experience for children and families.
  • The Robb Family Farm is a sixth-generation farm in Vermont. The farm makes and sells maple syrup and natural beef. 

Wisconsin

  • Treinen Farm, Lodi, Wisconsin - This third-generation family farm features a horse-drawn hay wagon and sleigh rides, skating, a pumpkin patch, a mini-maze and 10-acre corn maze.
  • Shuster's Playtime Farm - In 1994, Don Schuster planted 1/3rd acre of pumpkins. In 2000, he had seven acres of pumpkins, and customers from all over the region came to pick pumpkins at Schuster's.
     

Links checked March 2013.

 

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