Linn County farm tour set for Saturday

Updated: May 2

More than a dozen farming operations will be on the Linn County Farm tour this Saturday. There will be plenty of opportunity to pet animals and take tours. The tour is free. (Stock photo)

Twelve farms, a farm supply store and two farmers’ markets will be featured in the Linn County Farm tour this Saturday, April 30. Under the sponsorship of Clinch Realty, the tour includes all types of operations including beef production, a winery, two types of dairy operations, fresh farm-to-market growers, a buffalo farm, and a high school animal operation.

The tour runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there is no charge for the event. Maps and more information can be picked up at each stop. You can also see more information on page 3 of the Journal. There is a code that you can scan on that page for more information.

Several of the operations will give educational tours and have products for sale. Visitors who are interested in purchasing products should bring a cooler to keep food fresh. There will also be door prizes at each stop.

This is a rain or shine event, so bring your raincoat and mud boots if the weather dictates.

Clinch Realty broker and owner Brandon McGinnis said that, after seeing the spring and fall farm tours in Miami County, he thought the Linn County needed to have its own tour.

In the past, the Miami County tour has included some Linn County operations, even going as far south as Pleasanton. Saturday’s tour will feature only Linn County producers.

Here is a list of the farms on the tour:

• The farmers’ market in Pleasanton will have fresh produce and plants for sale. Two farming operations will also have booths at this market. The Pleasanton market is on Main Street across from the grocery store.

• Mosley Land & Cattle will be a featured seller at the Pleasanton market. Owner Jeff Mosley’s operation raises Red Brangus and Angus cattle, and says, “We are the purveyors of the finest pasture raised beef” in southeast Kansas.

• The McKee Family Farmstead will also be featured at the Pleasanton market on Main Street. Hannah and Kodee McKee sell fresh farm eggs, breakfast burritos made from farm grown products, and medicinal herbs.

• The Mound City farmers’ market will also be open. The market features local growers and is located in the parking lot of Nation Goods at the intersection of Kansas Highway 7 and Kansas Highway 52.

Mound City Ag, 14810 Kansas 52 Highway, Mound City, is just west of Mound City. The farm supply store and elevator will have farm equipment on display, which will be a great photo opportunity for the kids. The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• The Jayhawk-Linn High School FFA animal barn will also be on the tour. The barn is located west of Mound City on K-52 on the west side of the stadium.

• Skyview Farm and Creamery is at 22722 E. 800 Rd., Pleasanton. Sherri and Bill Noffke run a Grade A micro dairy that sells fresh raw milk, cave-aged cheese, fresh cheese and other products from their Jersey cattle operation. Products will be available at their shop.

• 700th Homestead Co., 21336 E. 1200 Rd., Pleasanton, offers certified naturally grown produce and meat. The farm offers Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and owner Blake Bahora will be giving tours.

• Castle Farms Fresh Meats, 5670 Scott Rd., Pleasanton, is an outdoor based hog farm specializing in pork production. Eric and April Castle will host tours, with “Brews and Brews” coffee and tea served. Lunch will be served on the day of the tour featuring their fresh pork products.

• Lin-Lea Dairy Farm, 6238 Powell Rd., Mound City, is a working dairy farm that has been in operation since 1961 and has been in the family for three generations. Owners Charles and Bill Leavitt will provide tours and educational talks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Want to see how a large dairy works? Milking begins at 11 a.m. to lasts until about 2 p.m.

• Needham Goat Farm, 8252 Overly Lane, Mound City, specializes in raising Boer meat goats. Owner Travis Needham sells goats for fair projects, for show and for butchering as well as breeding stock.

•Sprague Buffalo Farm, 700 Road and Ferris Road in Blue Mound will conduct tours of its operation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dale Sprague is the owner.

• Rocky Suns Farms, 10062 W. 2200 Rd., Parker, is an operation that specializes in fresh produce, eggs and other farm products. Owners Dustin and Amanda Michelle have an on farm store that features everything from spices to candles, eggs to produce. Their farm will serve a lunch special. Visitors can take a self-guided tour and feed the animals.

• Blue Dog Wine Co., 18499 Ransom Rd., La Cygne, will offer samples of their wine varieties. Owners Sarah and Tray Johnson produce high quality, small batch artisan wines and meads. In addition to selling wine, they also offer a formal wine tasting. They will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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