Spartanburg Co. Featured on Tour

State Ag + Art Tour

Seth Stokes
June 20, 2018 - 8:47 am
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For the first time, Spartanburg County farms and artisans will be featured during the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour. Visitors can tour Spartanburg County farms, watch local artisans in action, and purchase fresh produce and art.

“Spartanburg’s rich agricultural history is getting more attention with this event, and we’re thrilled to feature some of the unique artists and farmers that call Spartanburg County home,” said Chris Jennings, executive vice president of the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Each Ag + Art Tour site will give visitors the chance to learn more about fresh, local food and innovative, creative local artisans.”

Featured stops on the Ag + Art Tour:

  • Billamere Farm, 3303 Greenpond Road in Woodruff. The farm, which is only open Saturday, will host cattle feeding demonstrations and sell refreshments.
  • Dave’s Bee & Honey Farm, 126 Pine Knoll Drive in Chesnee. Visitors will get an inside look at how honey is made, extracted from hives and botted for consumption. The honey extraction is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
  • Harp & Shamrock Croft, 1296 Woods Chapel Road in Duncan. The farm specializes in produce, much of which is sold at local farmers markets. Seasonal vegetables and organic-fed chicken eggs will be available.
  • Inglenook, 892 Melvin Hill Road in Campobello. Home to the Inglenook Soap Barn, the farm’s handcrafted soaps, body products and soy candles will be available for purchase. Soap making demonstrations are set for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
  • Strawberry Hill USA, 3907 Highway 11 West in Chesnee. The 1,200-acre farm will feature fruit and vegetables straight from the field at its roadside market. Strawberry Hill’s on-site café will also be open Saturday, and ice cream will be available for purchase Saturday and Sunday.
  • Thicketty Mountain Farms and The Cleveland Preserve, 400 Fairview Church Road in Spartanburg. The farm will only be open Sunday and will give visitors a look at how its 100 percent grass-fed beef is raised. A yoga class is set for 9:15-10 a.m. with a community picnic and live music scheduled for noon-2 p.m. Hay rides will be available from 9 a.m.-noon and from 2-5 p.m.

“We are happy to be a part of the Ag + Art Tour and look forward to sharing what we do and the beautiful Cleveland Preserve Farm with Spartanburg County,” said Sallie Hambright-Belue, farmer at Thicketty Mountain Farms.

Tours at each farm site are free and self-guided.

 

Additional sites included on Spartanburg’s Ag + Art Tour showcase the importance of agriculture and the arts to visitors. Those ancillary sites include:

  • Belue Farms Natural Market, 3769 Parris Bridge Road in Boiling Springs, offering food tastings from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
  • Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. St. John St. in Spartanburg, open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the Contemporary Art Museum, Spartanburg Science Center and Spartanburg History Museum will be free.
  • Hub City Bookshop, 186 W. Main St. in Spartanburg, open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Anyone stopping for the Ag + Art Tour will receive a 10 percent discount on “A Taste of Spartanburg: Local Chefs, Local Farms, Local Recipes.”
  • Hub City Farmers Market, 498 Howard St. in Spartanburg, open from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday for its weekly market.
  • The West Main Artists Co-op, 578 W. Main St. in Spartanburg, open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring a pop-up art market, artist demos and food truck.

More information about Spartanburg County’s participation in the S.C. Ag + Art Tour can be found at www.agandarttour.com/spartanburg.

About the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is a free, self-guided tour of farms and artisans. During the tour visitors have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folksongs, and learn more about rural life. The tour is the largest free farm and art tour in the nation with over 30,000 visitors participating since 2012.

About the Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the official destination marketing organization for the City and County of Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Spartanburg CVB celebrates the unique geography, culture and spirit of Spartanburg.

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