Heavy weekend rains fail to spoil self-guided farm tour
MACOMB — On Sunday, citizens from all over McDonough county got a chance to see their local farmers in action, and the many ways agricultural science is done in rural US communities.
With everything from a traditional barn full of animals, to an at-home brewery, Sunday’s afternoon of open-house tours, organized by the Macomb Food Co-op, was an educational experience for all ages.
Sixteen farms had planned to open their doors on Sunday, but with the weekend’s surge of stormy weather, four locations had to cancel at the last-minute. This was a safety concern, the farms explained on the event’s Facebook page, as the mud put guests at risk of injury or vehicle damage.
Not all were deterred, though, as the owner of Macomb’s own “There’s An Oil For That” explained. The couple’s farm, full of barnyard animals and essential oils, saw numerous guests throughout the day.
“There hasn’t been a minute that we weren’t talking to somebody,” the owners said.
The participating farms included all of the following: Allison Farms (WIU Organic Research Facility), Forgottonia Brewing, Healthy Henderson Farms, Hickory Grove Farm, Little Creek Alpacas, Marsha’s Critters, Null Family Naturals, Oakland Acres, Purple Prairie Lavender Farm, Sitka Salmon Shares, Sweet Briar Corner Market, and There’s An Oil For That.
Participating farms ranged from just a couple miles from downtown Macomb all the way to Carthage.
Guests who participated and took pictures during the event are encouraged to enter the Macomb Food Co-op’s photo contest. Photos can be emailed to email@example.com, and should be submitted by October 14.
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