Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ayrshire Farm Open for Farm Harvest Festival on October 17 & 18

From our friends at Ayrshire Farm...

Farm Open to the Public as Part of Loudoun County Farm Tour

Ayrshire Farm (21846 Trappe Road, Upperville, Virginia 20184), will be open to the public as part of the Loudoun County Farm Tour on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18. The farm will open from 10 AM to 4 PM each day, and there is no charge for admission. All are welcome, but pets should be left at home and will not be admitted.
Ayrshire Farm is a certified organic, certified humane producer of heritage breed livestock, including Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs; Scottish Highland and White Park cattle; and Midget White, Broad-breasted Bonze, Spanish Black and Standard Bronze turkeys - many of which will be on display along with Ayrshire Farm chickens. Ayrshire Farm’s antique carriage collection will also be on display. The famous Ayrshire Farm Shire horses will be providing the “horsepower” for a demonstration of chain-harrowing and the horses will also pull wagons for hayrides.

Children will find plenty to see and do, with a variety of children’s activities and games, including face painting, hayrides, hay-maze and visiting the many Ayrshire Farm animals on display.

October is traditionally the month when farm communities come together to celebrate the harvest.  “This is a great opportunity to showcase what we are doing right here in Loudoun County with certified organic, certified humane, and heritage breeds,” stated Livestock Manager Crystal Ritenour. Ayrshire Farm has been working with the community for more than a decade in an effort to increase support of local, family farms and to provide the community with more wholesome food, reduced food miles, and make the community a healthier place to live and grow.

Farm food will be available for sale and will include sloppy Joes, beef hamburgers, chicken salad, and maple-bacon doughnuts - all featuring Ayrshire Farm’s organic, humanely raised meats. The farm will also be serving apple dumplings with caramel sauce.

Directions to Ayrshire Farm: Route 50 West to Middleburg, Virginia, continue on Route 50 for approximately 8 miles through the village of Upperville and turn right on Trappe Road (Rt. 619), drive 1.4 miles, parking entrance is on the right just past main drive.

About Ayrshire Farm:
Ayrshire Farm, located in Upperville, Virginia, was the first Virginia farm to be Certified Organic and Certified Humane. The farm is also Wildlife Friendly. Ayrshire produces a variety of Certified Organic, Certified Human meat and other products that are sold through its own Home Farm Store and Hunter’s Head as well as through restaurants and some stores throughout the region. Ayrshire products are also available online. Hunter’s Head Tavern and the Home Farm Store were the first restaurant and store in America to achieve certified organic, certified humane designation.

Ayrshire Farm’s mission is to farm sustainably and profitably, promoting the benefits of locally produced, humanely raised meats to the local consumer community through education, outreach and example.  For more information on Ayrshire Farm and its sister companies, please visit www.ayrshirefarm.com.