Corn, crops, and countryside, oh my! Have you ever drank beer at a 150-year old farm? Petted an oxen? Picked apples amongst the orchards? Or gotten lost in a corn maze? Well, get to Walworth County and experience all that and more during Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Week, September 27th through Sunday, October 3rd! 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:
Whether you’ve been visiting Pearce’s Farm Stand since the early days of 1967 or are just visiting the farm for the day, start a new family tradition this fall and get lost in the Corn Maze! Each year, Pearce’s Farm Stand creates amazing mazes that often win national awards! Farmer Bob and his wife Mary Ann invite you to the Farm this Fall and enjoy all the activities they have to offer including Jumping Haystacks, Human Hamster Wheel, and of course freshly made treats and eats! Pearce’s Farm Stand is open daily with Corn Maze hours limited to Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.
It wouldn’t be fall without a trip to the orchards at The Apple Barn! Head out into the trees and pick a bushel (or a peck!) with the whole family. 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. Be sure to snack on a freshly baked cider donut and sip on house made fruit wines!
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.
Farm fresh food and other finds await you across Walworth County at local farmer’s markets! Beginning in early May and lasting into the late fall, 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 for this Agricultural Tourism Week head to our website at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.