Farm tour features all of Shelby County

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Visitors can run the agriculture gamut from dairy to beef and fruits to fur

By Todd Martin

This Saturday, you can pick up a Farm Passport and join a tour of some of the Shelby County’s biggest agribusinesses.


The Shelby County Extension Office and Metzger’s Country Store are sponsoring the county’s first Good Neighbors Farm Tour, during which residents can tour eight farms and farm businesses from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“It’s a self-guided tour that’s going to give people a good sample of what’s being done in our county,” said Corrine Belton, county extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. “This is the first time we’ve attempted something like this, and it’s going to be a full day.

“Shelby County is an agricultural county, and this will give people a chance to really see what’s going on.”

Although the tour is free and self-guided, Belton said organizers recommend participants start at either Metzger’s or the Shelby County Farmers’ Market.

“Those are our two starting points,” she said. “You can pick up a tour map with a description of the events at each stop and directions to each place. There is also a QR code that you can scan with your [smart] phone for directions. And that’s also where you can get your Farm Passport.”

The Farm Passports are stamped at each location, and when participants are finished for the day, they can drop the passport off at any stop on the tour.

“We’ll have a drawing at the end for collection of Kentucky Proud and Shelby County items that we’ve put together,” Belton said. “Then you’ll be entered one time for every stamp you’ve collected throughout the day. If you make it to all eight stops, you’ll be entered eight times.”

Although making it to every stop could be tough.

“Oh, it’s going to be a full day,” Belton said with a laugh.

The farm stops are:

  • Kalmey Dairy Farm, where the milking parlor will be open and visitors can up close with cows and calves. They will also offer the award-winning Chaney’s Ice Cream, and will have dogs available for adoption.
  • Heritage Farm, a beef cattle farm that will have Angus bulls, cows and calves on display. There will also be 4-H show calves and samples and recipes from the Kentucky Beef Council.
  • Allday Horse Farm will showcase the county’s deep equine connection. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. there will be a series of 15-minute demonstrations on reining, jumper/dressage, driving, Saddlebred, Gypsy Vanner, Thoroughbred, Paso Fino, team roping and a question-and-answer period with Dr. Steve Allday. The series will break at 11:45 a.m. and repeat from 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Angel’s Fleece Alpaca Farm will have mother and baby alpacas to lead and a demonstration on spinning the animal’s ultrasoft fur. The farm’s store will also be open to purchase alpaca items.
  • Mulberry Orchard will give peach and apple orchard tours and a tour through a tobacco-drying barn. The farm will also showcase farm equipment and have a bee and chicken demonstrations.
  • Metzger’s Country Store, along with being a starting point, will also be featuring the Purina Checkerboard Day with a national sweepstakes to win a tractor and Purina items. There will also be a local drawing for a 50-inch TV and a rabbit demonstration, and the Shelby County Cattleman’s Association will be on hand to selling lunch.
  • At the Farmer’s Market you’ll find the normal items along with food sampling and cooking demonstrations. There will also be a booth answering questions about 4-H and taking sign-ups.
  • Talon Winery will be open all day with information about its grape-and-wine production, and it will remain open at 5 p.m. when tastings will be open and a band will entertain.

“It’s a long day, but that’s a great way to kind of settle in and wind down,” Belton said. “Hopefully everyone will come out and get around to as many of the stops as they can. Even if you can only make one or two, I think they’re all going to be worth it.

“With the buy local movement continuing to grow, this is a great way to get to know some of your area farmers and where you food comes from.”