Barn doors open wide for 10th Rapp Farm Tour

Hats off to participating venues that made this past weekend’s 10th Annual Rappahannock County Farm Tour a tremendous success, including:

Bean Hollow Grassfed, Belle Meade Farm, Caledonia Farm, Crowfoot Farm, Freestate Llamas, Garden of Eatin’ at the Inn at Little Washington, Happy Henz, Rock Mills Farm, High Meadow Farm, Hinson Ford Cider & Mead, Kattle 1 Beef, Lee’s Orchard, Narmada Winery, The Farm at Sunnyside, and Whippoorwill Farm to Table.

Mike Biniek, seen here behind the wheel of his tractor, leads visitors — and one happy dog — on a hay ride around his farm. All photos by John McCaslin
Twelve-year-old Stephen Faxlanger greets visitors to Belle Meade Farm.
Mary Henze, owner of Rock Mills Farm, raises heritage breed sheep — including a flock of Shetlands — and purebred Spanish goats, with the added goal of improving soil health. Here she explains an assortment of hand processed wool, yarn and colorful fibers.
Happy Henz, which uses sustainable agricultural methods to cultivate pastures for sheep, goats and chickens, is a family farm owned and operated by Alex Henze and Susan Blake Henze, the latter serving as co-chair (with Laurie Smith) of this year’s tour, which included some of the Henzes’ happy henz.
Happy Henz
5-year-old Myles Doyle chews on a strand of straw plucked from his comfortable seat.
Baking fresh pizza in an outdoor oven for farm tour goers are from left Maeve Ciuba, Scott McMurtray and Albert Dodd-Henze
3-year-old Esther Jeantet, visiting from Falls Church, discovered her perfect pony.
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