Corn, crops, and countryside, oh my! Have you ever drank beer at a 150-year old farm? Petted an oxen?Picked strawberries in the fields? Or watched a tractor harvest its crops? Well, get to Walworth County and experience all that and more this summer! We’ve rounded up the our top six agricultural attractions and events here in Walworth County for you to discover and celebrate where food comes from. Check them out:
New this summer at Old World Wisconsin, visitors can experience the living history village in all-new hands-on guided experiences. From oxen, to a dairy barn, to a one-room church, discover what it means to be from a rural place and what community and family can look like across generations. Choose your adventure to focus on life on the farm with the Beasts and Barns tour. Get up close and personal with heritage farm animals with the Moovers & Shakers experience. Or travel back in time to the 1860’s and learn about rural architecture and what it took to build a farmhouse way back when on the Building a Home tour. Guided experiences must be booked in advance online.
Apple Barn Orchard believes that if you’ve never had a farm fresh strawberry, you’ve never really had a strawberry! Pick your own delicious bursts of goodness or grab a bag of pre-picked berries. Be warned… children who wear a white colored shirt to pick strawberries typically leave with a red colored shirt and a huge smile! Strawberry season starts in early to mid-June and runs through to the end of the month. Moving into the fall, Apples are king at Apple Barn! Anticipated to be ready to munch on by September, the variety of apples available are picked at the peak of perfection. Plan your strawberry-picking adventure at www.AppleBarnOrchardAndWinery.com.
Try your hand at becoming a farmer in your own backyard with helpful tips and tricks from the pros! Head to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and learn all about sustainable agriculture, conservation, and what you can do at home to better the environment through planting sustainable crops and plants. Throughout the summer, drop in on At Home Composting Lessons, Garden Planning, and Pollinator Protection Workshops on select dates.
Celebrate Wisconsin’s top export (you guessed it: Dairy!) at the 44th Annual Walworth County Dairy Breakfast at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, Saturday June 19th! Local farmers, FFA students, and Walworth County Farm Bureau volunteers will be serving up scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, beverages, and ice cream from 6am to 10:30am. While you’re there, stop by the craft and vendor fair, agricultural exhibits, and Schmaling Farm tour. Get your tickets here.
Farm fresh food and other finds await you across Walworth County at local farmer’s markets all summer long! Beginning in early May, farmers markets and set up shop fully stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meats, cheeses, jellies, honey, and even flowers and plants. With markets happening almost every day of the week, there is no shortage of fresh original flavors and experiences. Come on out and support your local farmers and shop local. For a full listing of Walworth County Farmers Markets, click here.
Set on a 150-year old family farm, Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company in Elkhorn is not your typical craft brewery! With a passion for the land and sourcing local ingredients, head-brewer Ben Johnson, infuses every brew with tons of local flavor. Duesterbeck’s Brewing Co. only uses Wisconsin grown hops and barley and uses ingredients like honey from hives at Henningfeld Honey and fruits from Apple Barn Orchard and Winery. If you stop by, make sure to ask your beertender about the history behind the red barn!
For more information and ag-spiration and summer activities, head to our website at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.