Sunday, August 7, 2011

Holmes County Ohio Farm Tour

Guests of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, or simply anyone interested in exploring the culture and economy of Holmes County for several hours are in for an exceptional experience.  The 2011 Holmes County Farm Tour, a self-guided tour, offering 10 stops is offered on August 20, 20ll, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and starts at the Holmes County Fairgrounds where tour goers will be provided maps of all of the locations.

Stops will be vaired, covering a wide range of land uses and farm related businesses.  A wide variety of animals will be featured; various breeds of cattle, alpacas, and sheep.   The tour will feature traditional and non-traditional vocations such as a stop at the Holmes County Pottery, where the artisan, owner develops his art from the earth (clay).  Other stops includes a market which focuses on sustainable farming and the production of honey, a greenhouse, an Amish school, and Oak Bridge Timber Frame, a timer frame manufacturer.  The Amish school was put on the tour as a response to popular demand.  Springhill Farm, a 500-acre dairy farm with more than 300 head of Guernsdy and Holstein catle, will showcase their operation and Paint Valley Farms will offer a close-up look at short-horn cattle.

Barbecued chicken will be available at one location, beginning at 11 a.m.  This will prove to be a lovely tour for adults and children alike, as visitors may go at their own pace and pick and choose the locations of their choice.

French Country Room at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
 As a part of this tour experience, it would be appropriate to sleep in a converted dairy barn, where mid-west hospitality includes a full country breakfast with your stay.  The last that cows were milked in the barn, now the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, was in the mid 1970's.  Call for a reservation, 330-674-7600, or reserve on line

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
August 7, 2011

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