Specialty Crops farm tours to be held in Edgerton, Lawrence

18 07 2012

McPHERSON, KAN.- July 18, 2012 – Kansas Farmers Union will be hosting a day long tour of five specialty crop farms in the Edgerton and Lawrence areas on July 31, starting at 9 a.m. Everyone, from the traditional farmer to the backyard gardener to consumers, is welcome to attend.

The day will start in Edgerton at Gieringers Orchard and Soaring Eagle Organic Farms. Gieringers Orchard is located at 39675 W 183rd, where they grow peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, sweet corn, blackberries and plums. They sell at the Olathe and Overland Park Farmers Market, as well as on their farm. Soaring Eagle grows and markets organic spelt, wheat, corn, clover seed, soybeans, barley, sorghum and buckwheat on 400 acres.

Lunch will be provided (at no cost to Military Veterans) at Smokey’s BBQ in Wellsville. RSVPs are greatly appreciated by July 27.

After lunch the tour will resume at Pendleton’s Country Market at 1446 E. 1850 Rd, Lawrence. Pendleton’s grows vegetables, bedding plants and cut flowers, which they sell through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and at the Lawrence Farmers Market.

The tours will wrap up in Lawrence at The Red Tractor Farm and Washington Creek Lavender. Red Tractor grows vegetables and raises goats and chickens, which they sell at the Lawrence Farmers Market and area restaurants. Washington Creek makes sachets, dryer sheets, neck comforters and coasters with the organic lavender they grow.

The day will conclude at the Lawrence Farmers Market at Vermont, between 10th and 11th. Tuesday’s market is one of three held each week from April to November and features more than 80 growers, ranchers, bakers and craftspeople.

To RSVP and for more information, contact Nick Levendofsky at 785-527-0941 or kfu.nick@gmail.com or visit kansasfarmersunion.org.
The tours are being offered by Kansas Farmers Union and the Center for Rural Affairs, thanks to a grant from USDA Risk Management to help US Military Veterans get involved in agriculture. Other groups involved are Farmer-Veteran Coalition and AgrAbility.

Pictures of the tours can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksfarmersunion/

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