• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Farm tour making stops at Castle, Eckert’s-Boyd Orchard

The 53rd annual Woodford County Farm Tour will be making stops at The Kentucky Castle and Eckert’s-Boyd Orchard Monday morning, July 23.

The day begins with “Bear’s Breakfast” (prepared by Woodford County Judge-Executive John “Bear” Coyle and others) in the basement of the Agriculture Resource Building, from 7 to 7:45 a.m., before buses depart at 8.

“Our farm tour used to be more of just actual farmers who came to it, but now we’re seeing a shift from farmers to urban people… that may have never seen a beehive,” said Faye Kuosman, University of Kentucky Extension agent for horticulture in Woodford County.

The tour will showcase changes happening at The Kentucky Castle, including its farm to table garden, truffle production and honey bees.

“They have a pretty large vegetable garden, but it’s all on a scale that homeowners can do in their backyard,” Kuosman said. “…They’re growing various vegetables and herbs that they will then incorporate in their dishes that they make there at the restaurant,” which uses honey produced by its bees.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to hear about the new owners’ future plans (lavender, mushrooms and livestock) as well as tour the castle and courtyard.

“It’s giving people a chance to learn a little bit more about the historical stuff as well,” said Adam Probst, UK Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.

The Farm Tour will also journey to Eckert’s-Boyd Orchard to see changes happening under new ownership at this agri-tourism destination.

Visitors will learn about blackberry, strawberry and peach production on this stop.

“A lot of the stuff that they raise out there can be found in backyard gardens, so it might be some opportunities for people to take some of those ideas home and use them on their own gardens,” said Probst. And tour goers will learn about spotted wing drosophila, a new pest causing problems for small fruit producers, added Kuosman.

Lunch will once again be served after the tour in the red barn at the Woodford County Fairgrounds. Lunch and breakfast are free, but school supplies (five-subject/wide rule spiral notebooks, colored pencils, Crayola crayons, No. 2 pencils, blunt-end scissors and glue sticks) as well as cash donations may be paid as “admission” to support the Woodford County Homemakers’ Backpack Project, which helps ensure more than 350 children in Woodford County do not start the school year without their supplies.

In order for organizers to prepare for how many buses and food will be needed for the Woodford County Farm Tour, people who plan on going are being asked to call 873-4601. Everyone must ride the buses during the tour, organizers said.


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