Letter: Planting the 2014 Farm Tour seeds

A sheep stands at attention at Wits End Farm in Amissville.Cathie Shiff
A sheep stands at attention at Wits End Farm in Amissville.

Now that the snow has melted, the lambs and calves are on the ground, orchards are blooming and grape vines are budding — meaning it’s time to begin planning the 2014 Rappahannock County Farm Tour & Festival. Scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 27-28, all county farms, orchards, wineries, country stores and related businesses are invited to participate. The Artisans’ Market will again be at Avon Hall, and I hope that all of last year’s score-and-a-half of farm and ag venues participate again. It’s at no cost to you, and you get lots of free publicity.

All are invited to the kickoff meeting for the 2014 festival at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, in the conference room adjacent to the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Washington. Come with lots of ideas and enthusiasm, and I will ply you with cookies and sugary beverages. For more information, call me at 540-937-5438 (cell: 540-219-8396), or email me at witsendcody@yahoo.com.

Cathie Shiff
Farm Tour Committee chair