On Sunday, January 31, 2016, Indian River County will offer a unique opportunity for 100 area residents to get their feet dirty and experience life on a farm on the Indian River Farm Tour.
This unique experience will include lunch at Osceola Bistro, highlighting fresh and local ingredients, followed by a tour of four local farms.
Cost is $100 per person and must be purchased in advance. Space is limited so be sure to register in advance.
12:30 p.m. – Osceola Bistro – 2045 13th Avenue
Start your day with lunch at Osceola Bistro in downtown Vero Beach, an American-style restaurant that strives to offer a wide variety of fresh ingredients from local farmers.
After a delicious lunch, a bus will pick up each guest at Osceola Bistro and head to the first of four stops.
1:30 p.m. – White Rabbit Acres – 7020 37th Street
Offering a range of produce from lettuce to turmeric, White Rabbit utilizes no pesticides or herbicides. Visit their farm store and take a peak at the chickens and cows that call the farm home.
2:30 p.m. – Tall Pines Apiaries and Birdie Hogan at the Schacht Groves Packinghouse – 6100 12th Street
An apiary is a collection of beehives, and Tall Pines has beehives throughout the County. Learn about the threats facing bees, and sample a wide selection of honey from Orange Blossom to Brazilian Pepper. Birdie Hogan is a father daughter team raising grass-fed beef and wholesome fruits and vegetables, as well as craft delectables, from-scratch jams, meat rubs, and Tahitian vanilla. Tour the Schacht Groves packinghouse and learn how fruit is processed for gift boxes to be shipped around the country.
3:30 p.m. – Osceola Organic Farm – 6980 33rd Street
Walk the rows of organic lettuce, cucumbers, strawberries, and more. Learn about the organic certification process, and the methods used to manage pests and weeds.
4:30 p.m. – Schacht Groves – 154th Avenue
Just west of I-95 lies the heart of Indian River County’s citrus growing district, with 10’s of thousands of acres of citrus trees. Enjoy a rare glimpse in to this landscape and learn about the challenges facing citrus today.
5:30 p.m. – Guests are dropped back at Osceola Bistro
Order of farms will vary by bus.