Mt.Morris Tourism Group hosts “Country Living Tour” on 8/26 !

Saturday, August 26, 2017

12:30 PM

Mt. Morris Hosts “Country Living Tour” | Local Foods, Technology & The Arts

Saturday , August 26th at 12:30 p.m.

Tour four neighboring farms, enjoy the great out-doors, and discover more about the production of healthy, local foods and the most recent use of advanced technology in agriculture. The tour starts on the campus at 12:30 pm. The campus-based art gallery and outdoor straw art exhibits are also open. They are sponsored by Encore! Mt. Morris, a Mt. Morris Economic Development Corporation initiative committed to developing the village into a unique, thriving, northwestern Illinois rural and cultural arts destination.

Visit an art exhibit of 58 framed oil paintings of the most important poultry breeds, presented by Watt Global Media and located in the Old Sandstone Art Gallery, open from Noon – 6:00 pm. Wander through the Mt. Morris campus and view the giant straw sculptures featured in Encore’s “Fine Art in Straw” display, part of the U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition held this August in Mt. Morris.

Start the weekend Friday evening, Aug. 25th, at the Friday Night Jamboree Concert, sponsored by the Mt. Morris Work Group, a Village of Mt. Morris committee. “Two Trick Rodeo” features an outstanding and fun filled performance of classic and contemporary country music. Campus food service starts at 6:00 pm.

The Mt. Morris Community Farmers Market sells fresh produce, crafts, plants, and other foods each Friday before the concert on the corner of Wesley Avenue and Route 64 from 4:00-7:00 pm. The Old Sandstone Art Gallery is also open Friday night from 6:00-9:30 pm and features the poultry art exhibit.

Saturday’s Country Living Tour is a local agricultural tour presented free of charge by the Village of Mt. Morris’s Tourism Committee, also a component of Encore! Mt. Morris, on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 26th, starting at 12:30 pm. Come to the Mt. Morris campus band shell at Wesley Avenue and Front Street to receive maps, driving instructions, and more detailed tour and farm information. Wear comfortable, closed shoes and a sun hat or cap, use insect repellant, and bring water or other soft drinks.

The farms are open for your education, entertainment, and exploration. Educational presentations and fun activities will be provided by the farmers and families who expertly manage the land, the crops, the livestock, or the maple syrup production on their farms. All four farm tours start on the hour at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm. Two farms have a fourth tour at 4:00 pm. More details are available at the Farm Tour information booth open at 12:30 pm on the campus. Visit one, several, or every farm in any sequence.

Our farms are either close or adjacent to North Mt. Morris Road. Links to their websites are provided here for your additional convenience. They include Berryview Orchard , Dietrich Ranch , Hough’s Maple Lane Farm , and Witmer Precision Services .

Visit our neighboring farms and learn more about precision farming and the use of modern technology, computers, and satellites to produce higher crop yields. Tour the sugar house and better understand the production of all-natural, maple syrup. Walk through sections of the aronia berry orchard and learn about the high nutritional value and multiple uses of these locally grown berries. Maybe a you-pick harvest event? Ride on a hay wagon and explore first hand the benefits of outdoor, pasture-based, grass-fed livestock production.

Check back for updates on more farm tour information and photos. Visit our Mt.Morris Village websiteEncore! Mt.Morris  and Moundertown for details about the campus art, events, concert(s), farmer’s market and tour information.

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