Hillsboro Sunflower Saturday farm tour set for June 21

HILLSBORO — The 2014 Sunflower Saturday farm tour will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 21 at the Hillsboro Farmers Market, 1 North Waco St. in Hillsboro.

“After exploring the farmers market, participants will embark upon a morning of tasty experiences and education,” said Ryan Collett, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Hill County. “The first stop will be Majestic Farms in Woodbury where participants will have an opportunity to pick fresh peaches and blackberriesand learn about high tunnel farming. Price Farms of Whitney will also have fresh cantaloupe for sampling.”

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service field trial of sunflowers grown by Calvin Trostle of Lubbock at the North Plains Research FIeld near Etter. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service field trial of sunflowers grown by Calvin Trostle of Lubbock at the North Plains Research FIeld near Etter. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Collett said the next stop will be a field of giant sunflowers where a Hill County farmer will discuss this crop, which is new in the area. Participants will be able to walk out into the field, take pictures, and cut some sunflower heads to take home as a souvenir.

Hutcheson Farms in Itasca will be the third stop where many types of fresh produce will be highlighted. While in Itasca, a representative withRosey Ridge Farms will discuss their raw dairy operation and offer samples of milk and cheeses, he said.

The final stop will be the Hillsboro Historic City Hall where a sustainable table lunch will be prepared and served by Hill County’s AgriLife Extension Agritourism Committee. An educational program will be presented by a local farmer.

Tour registration is $30 for ages 12 and above. Admission is free for people 11 years and younger. The group will caravan by personal vehicles to the tour stops.

To register, call the Agrilife Extension office in Hill County at 254-582-4022. The deadline for registering is 5 p.m. June 16. The program will be reserved for the first 100 registrants.

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