Agritourism: What it means for our region

Agritourism in Kentucky and IndianaWhile tomorrow may be Derby Day, another annual tradition will be underway in LaRue County – the 4th annual Strawberry Festival at Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market. Jeremy and Joanna Hinton purchased the farm in 2006 and since then have invited thousands of their closest friends to join in the fun, offering not just fresh fruits and vegetables, but a whole host of activities for the family to enjoy on this working farm.

The Hinton’s are just one example of farmers who are reaping the benefits of agritourism in our region. Agritourism has been touted as one of the fastest growing segments of the agriculture industry. If you’re not familiar with the term, it simply means, “The act of visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural, or agribusiness operation for the purpose of enjoyment, education or active involvement in the activities of the farm or operation.”

Our region is home to dozens of active agritourism destinations – a celebration of the family farm and the entrepreneurial spirit of our region. A few more that caught our attention:

Maple Hill Manor
Springfield, KY

This working farm is located in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky and the home situated on the farm is considered one of the best preserved Antebellum Homes in the Commonwealth. The attraction of staying in a beautiful bed-and-breakfast is the primary draw for this agritourism business. It has won number awards including being voted “Top 10 Innkeepers” in the U.S. by 2010-2011.

Hubor’s Winery
Starlight, IN

This family-run farm was started with 80 acres of farmland by Simon Huber. The farm has now been expanded to over 600 acres. Originally from Germany, Simon brought along his years of experience in fruit growing and wine making. With expertise and hard work, this agritourism business has acquired over 900 gold, silver & bronze awards from wine competitions from all regions of the United States.

Fair Oaks Farms
Fair Oaks, IN

By using sustainable farming practices and high-quality ingredients, Fair Oaks Farms is a working farm that has award-winning dairy products – artisan cheese, fresh milk, homemade ice cream, and specialty butter. With an up-close look at sustainable dairy farming at its finest, this agritourism business offers wholesome fun for the entire family.

And there are so many more.

Support our local farmers and the businesses they’ve created by visiting a local farm in your area. Check out a list of agritourism destinations in Kentucky and Indiana.


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