Ag and Art tours will feature local farms and artisans

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By Vicki Brown

The Colleton County Ag and Art Tour will be held May 14 and 15. This will be the second year Colleton County has participated in this multi­county event; a total of 10 counties will be participating this year.

Colleton will be the only county holding the tour that weekend featuring six local sites that have agreed to participate in the weekend’s festivities, which will be held on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The South Carolina Ag and Art Tour is a free, self-guided tour of farms and markets featuring local artisans at every stop.

During the tour, visitors have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, while enjoying local musicians and learning more about rural life.

The tour is the largest free farm and art tour in the nation with more than 45,000 visitors participating since 2012.

Visitors start anywhere and begin their weekend(s) of farm and art fun by signing in at their first stop each weekend, where they will be tracked and counted as they move from farm to farm.

The tour takes place rain or shine.

There are no attendance fees, but produce, value added products, food, beverages, can be purchased, and there will be a fee for some activities.

Each farm will have artisans at their farm and the South Carolina Artisans Center will provide on-site artisans. The artisans will conduct demonstrations and sell their artwork.

“The South Carolina Artisans Center is the only Tourist Attraction and Retail Venue in the Walterboro area that is open for business six days a week. Because of these regularly scheduled hours of operation, the Center has been designated as an “official stop” for the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor,” said David Smalls, executive director of the S.C. Artisans Center.

For more information on the 2022 Ag and Art Tour, visit www.agandarttour.com and search for a list of activities happening by county.

Colleton County Ag and Art Participants

Bowman Vineyard. 17114 August Highway, Round O

This is a family-owned orchard of plum, apple, peach, pear and persimmon trees. Visitors will be able to buy jams, jellies, juices and wine.

Ready-to-eat food for purchase is on site, along with restrooms on site and beverages for sale.

Breland Hill Farm. 849 Spencer Drive, Ruffin

Pick your own strawberries.

Breland Hill Farm – Walterboro Stand. 1002 Bells Highway, Walterboro

Colleton Museum & Farmer’s Market. 506 E. Washington Street, Walterboro

Colleton’s only local, year-round farmers market features fruits, vegetables, livestock-eggs, commodity crops, jam, sauces, beverages, baked goods, flowers and honey.

Kid-friendly activities on site, along with restrooms on site and ready-to-eat snacks.

Dragonfly Creek. 2189 Ruffin Road, Walterboro.

We are a market-garden and homestead that features specialty crops, vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, eggs and cut flowers. Kid friendly activities on site.

Instinct Earth. 167 Deepwater Trail, Walterboro

We are a teaching farm on the banks of the Edisto River with vegetables and flowers. Kid-friendly activities on site and restrooms on site.

Keegan-Filion Farm. 1475 Keegan Drive, Walterboro

Only open on Saturday for the tour.

We raise grass-fed beef, pastured pork, pastured poultry. We feature livestock, eggs, dairy, jam, sauces, baked goods, etc. restrooms are on site.

S.C. Artisans Center. 318 Wichman Street, Walterboro

The work of more than 200 artisans from across the state ais on showcase. Restrooms on site.

Walterboro Wildlife Center. 100 S. Jefferies Boulevard, Walterboro

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