May 31, 2019
Minnesota agritourism tour planned for July

A July tour of Minnesota agritourism is being offered by the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA).

Thirteen farms will be visited during the two days of the tour, July 23-24, with buses departing from Bloomington, Minnesota.

Stops on the tour include Bob’s Produce Ranch, Afton Apple Orchard, Waldoch Farm, Ferndale Market, Pinehaven Farm, Tweite’s Family Farm, The Dead End Hayride, Fireside Orchard and Gardens, Pine Tree Apple Orchard, Bridgewater Produce Farm, 7 Vines Vineyard, Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, and Emma Krumbee’s Orchard and Farm. Some of the farms are NAFDMA members while others are not.

The trip will include a chance to visit the Mall of America during the evening of the first day. A closing dinner and networking time the second day will be held at Emma Krumbee’s Orchard and Farm, a venue that includes a bakery, restaurant and event center.

NAFDMA hasn’t conducted a summer agritourism conference for six years, said Membership Development and Services Manager Lisa Dean. The summer timing allows attendees to visit the farms while their agritourism events are in full swing.

Dean said the event will focus on a variety of topics, including production, pick-your-own, agritainment and retail operation.

Ticket prices for adults who are not members of NAFDMA are $570, but there is a reduced price, $495 for registering before June 7. There are also reduced prices for NAFDMA members and for children aged 2-16.

Lodging is separate; however, NAFDMA has negotiated for a special price at Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport-South.

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