September 1, 2014
Sheep, goats and chickens are just a few of animals at farms around Central Virginia that were on display for this year's “Meet Yer Eats” Farm Tour.
Along with animals there were also plenty of cheeses at the Caromont farm in Albemarle County.
“We make farmstead cheeses,” says Gail Hobbs-Page, cheese maker and owner of the farm. “We make goat's cheeses, goat's milk cheeses and cow's milk cheeses from locally sourced milk.”
For their farm tour they showed people how their cheese was made as well as a few goats that help out with the process.
“Education is just the best way to make people understand that local food tastes better, it's not just a trend,” says Hobbs-Page. “I can see that people are connecting to it and that makes us feel really good and that's why we do it.”
“We grow lots of different types of vegetables,” says Jamie Barrett, farmer at Bellair Farm in Charlottesville. “So we grow all of the normal stuff like the potatoes, the onions and the carrots, but we throw in some bok choy just to throw people off a little bit.”
Along with showing off some of their produce, the farmers at Bellair Farm also answered any questions people had about their farm, because today was all about educating families on where their food comes from.
“I have two little girls and we wanted to take them out to see the animals and we shop at the farmers market,” says Brian Campbell, Charlottesville resident. “So we thought it would be a good chance for them to see where the food that we buy is raised.”
Kids also got a chance to take home a few fun memories, including Burke Greenfield and Sebey Horne, who were excited to pet a few chickens.
Gudrun Campbell was also excited to meet a few goats at Caromont Farm.
“It was a lot of fun because it was a goat farm so we got to see the animals that they used to make the cheese there and we got to see how they made the cheese,” says Campbell, age 7.
There were 12 farms from around Central Virginia on the tour, but if you missed your chance to see them, you can always check out their goods at the Charlottesville City market on Saturday mornings.