The 2014 Sunflower Saturday farm tour will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 21 at the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market on the West side of the Hill County Courthouse. The courthouse is located at 1 North Waco St., Hillsboro, TX 76645. After exploring the farmers market, participants will embark upon a morning of tasty experiences and education.

The first stop will be Majestic Farms in Woodbury where participants will have an opportunity to pick fresh peaches, blackberries, and learn about high tunnel farming. Price Farms of Whitney will also have fresh cantaloupe for sampling.

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

Hutcheson Farms in Itasca will be the third stop. Fresh produce of many sorts will be highlighted.

While in Itasca, Rosey Ridge Farms will discuss their raw dairy operation and offer samples of milk and cheeses.

The final stop will be the Hillsboro Historic City Hall where a sustainable table lunch will be prepared and served by our Agritourism Committee. An educational program will be presented by a local farmer. The program should conclude by 1pm.

Tour registration is $30 for anyone over the age of 12, younger persons will have no fees. Participants will provide their own transportation. We will caravan to the tour stops. To register please call the Agrilife Extension Office in Hill County at 254-582-4022. The deadline for registering is 5 p.m. Monday, June 16. The program will be reserved for the first 100 registrants.

Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.  The Texas A&M University System, Texas Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating. Persons needing auxiliary service need to contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Hill County Office at 254-582-4022 at least seven days prior to event.

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