Union Daily Times

Free Ag + Art Tour this weekend

UNION COUNTY — As its has every year since 2015 Union County will be part of the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour which will take place this weekend.

According to its website (www.agandarttour.com) the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour “is a free, self-guided tour of farms and artisans. During the tour visitors have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folk songs, and learn more about rural life. The tour is the largest free farm and art tour in the nation with over 30,000 visitors participating since 2012.”

Union County became a part of the Ag + Art Tour in 2015 and has participated in it every year since. This year, the Ag + Art Tour in Union County will take place Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, June 24 from 1-5 p.m.

Ag + Art Tour Sites

The following farms, gardens, and other agricultural facilities in Union County will take part in the Ag + Art Tour.

Jackson Farm, 400 Foster Street, Union.

The garden is planted on a three-acre plot of “plastic-cultured and is housed on the Nicholas Estate, built in the early 1900’s. We grow a large variety of vegetables including tomatoes (cherry, better boy and magic mountain), greens (kale, Swiss chard, Asian turnips, mustard, collards, and mixed tender greens), onions, sweet potatoes, cabbage, okra, and more!“

The garden has several beehives during the year the honey is collected and sold with the garden’s vegetables at the Union County Farm and Craft Market.

• Special Activities

General overview about the Nicholas Estate and garden area: Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:15-10 a.m. and Sunday, June 24, 2-2:45 p.m.

• Artisans on Site

— Christen’s Creations, Upcycled Art

— LaRuchala Amyrrh Design, Fabric design and collage

— Old Pump Soaps, Handmade soaps & lotions (Sunday)

— Oodles of Doodles, Face painting

— Za’kyah Jeter & Cedric Jackson, Musicians

Pea Ridge Distillery located on Hereford Hills Ranch, 1141 Pineland Road, Union.

Only open Saturday, June 23

Enjoy tastings of our Moonshine and Specialty Spirits, which can be purchased on site. We will also give a history of Distilling in the County and a tour of our operation. We will also have food for purchase from our food trailer where we use our grass-fed beef and pastured pork that can be seen grazing in the fields of our ranch from our tasting deck. We will also have a hayride to a replica still on the creek that runs through our property where plenty of moonshine activity took place back in the day.

• Artisans on Site

— Rusty Nail, Woodworking & decorative items

— Saving Grace Jewelry

— Everett Leigh Photography

— Old Pump Soaps

— Pop’s Pickles, Gourmet pickles in unique flavors

Piedmont Physic Garden, 301 East South Street, Union.

A small botanical garden located in the center of Union’s beautiful historic district. Our mission is to exhibit and promote the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the people of Union County and the surrounding Piedmont region of South Carolina.

• Special Activities

— Guided tours, on-going

• Artisans on Site

— LHC Glass Creations, Glasswork

— Vickie Shields Pottery

Six Oaks Farm, 1787 Mount Tabor Church Road, Jonesville.

Visit our farm to see our pastured pigs, market garden, market flower field and related items.

• Special Activities

— Basic flower arranging

— Pastured/sustainable farm tour, on-going

• Artisans on Site

— Jordan Lawson, Musician

— Aubrey Key, Musician

— Everett Leigh Photography

Ancillary Sites

The website also recommends that “while you are in Union County be sure to check out these other great agriculture and art related locations!”

Elle Bell Cafe, 111 West Main Street, Union.

Friday until 7 p.m., Saturday until 5 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m.

Union County Arts Council, 116 East Main Street, Union.

Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.

The UCAC Gallery will be open and we will be hosting a community art project.

Union County Museum, 127 West Main Street, Union.

Saturday 1-4 p.m.

Museum tours.

Rose Hill Plantation, 2677 Sardis Road, Union.

Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Historic House tours, Saturday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Tours are first-come, first-served and are $5 for adults, $4 for children, and $3 for SC seniors.

Kick-Off

The SC Ag + Art Tour/Union County will have its kick-off Thursday, June 21 at Main Street Junction, 127 East Main Street, Union. The Kick-Off Dinner will be held from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $25.

All the meat and vegetables that will be served at the kick-off dinner will be provided by local farmers and will be prepared by local Chef Yassine.

Local musicians Jordan Lawson and Aubrey Key will perform.

Image courtesy of SC Ag + Art Tour The SC Ag + Tour comes to Union County this weekend. The tour will include Jackson Farm, Pea Ridge Distillery on Hereford Hills Ranch, the Piedmont Physic Garden, and Six Oaks Farm.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_Ag-Art-flyer.jpgImage courtesy of SC Ag + Art Tour The SC Ag + Tour comes to Union County this weekend. The tour will include Jackson Farm, Pea Ridge Distillery on Hereford Hills Ranch, the Piedmont Physic Garden, and Six Oaks Farm.
Photo courtesy of SC Ag + Art Tour Jackson Farm, 400 Foster Street, Union, is one of the stops on this weekend’s SC Ag + Art Tour of Union County. Ag + Art is a free, self-guided tour of local farms and artisans. Here Cleveland and Betty Jackson, owners of Jackson Farm Garden, pose for a picture.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_18342695_476567509349299_6699515860791415566_n.jpgPhoto courtesy of SC Ag + Art Tour Jackson Farm, 400 Foster Street, Union, is one of the stops on this weekend’s SC Ag + Art Tour of Union County. Ag + Art is a free, self-guided tour of local farms and artisans. Here Cleveland and Betty Jackson, owners of Jackson Farm Garden, pose for a picture.
Photo courtesy of SC Ag + Art Tour Pea Ridge Distillery on Hereford Hills Ranch is one of the stops on this weekend’s SC Ag + Art Tour of Union County. Ag + Art is a free, self-guided tour of local farms and artisans.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_pearidge.jpgPhoto courtesy of SC Ag + Art Tour Pea Ridge Distillery on Hereford Hills Ranch is one of the stops on this weekend’s SC Ag + Art Tour of Union County. Ag + Art is a free, self-guided tour of local farms and artisans.
Photo courtesy of SC Ag + Art Tour The Piedmont Physic Garden is one of the stops on this weekend’s SC Ag + Art Tour of Union County. Ag + Art is a free, self-guided tour of local farms and artisans.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_piedmont.jpgPhoto courtesy of SC Ag + Art Tour The Piedmont Physic Garden is one of the stops on this weekend’s SC Ag + Art Tour of Union County. Ag + Art is a free, self-guided tour of local farms and artisans.
Photo courtesy of SC Ag + Art Tour Six Oaks Farm is one of the stops on this weekend’s SC Ag + Art Tour of Union County. Ag + Art is a free, self-guided tour of local farms and artisans.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_18301013_847501112064920_1475717308505321607_n.jpgPhoto courtesy of SC Ag + Art Tour Six Oaks Farm is one of the stops on this weekend’s SC Ag + Art Tour of Union County. Ag + Art is a free, self-guided tour of local farms and artisans.
Image courtesy of SC Ag + Art Tour The 2018 Ag + Art Tour Kick-Off Dinner will be held Thursday, June 21 from 6-9 p.m. at Main Street Junction. The event will kick-off the Ag + Tour in Union County which will be held this Saturday and Sunday.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_Kick-Off-Dinner-Flyer.jpgImage courtesy of SC Ag + Art Tour The 2018 Ag + Art Tour Kick-Off Dinner will be held Thursday, June 21 from 6-9 p.m. at Main Street Junction. The event will kick-off the Ag + Tour in Union County which will be held this Saturday and Sunday.
Tour includes two farms, a garden and a distillery