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Lehigh County Open Gate Farm Tour 2014

weather vaneAgriculture in Lehigh County has many faces. Take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to learn about local agriculture during the Open Gate Farm Tour sponsored by Penn State Extension in Lehigh County.

This annual event has been conducted in Lehigh County for over 45 years.There is no charge to go to any of these sites. Visit as many or as few as you like.

Bring your family to any of these locations on Sunday, October 19th, between the hours of 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. It’s rain or shine. Dress casually and enjoy the day!

The Open Gate Farm Tour is part of Penn State Extension’s program in Lehigh County. For more information on this and other programs, call 610-391-9840 or visit Penn State Extension’s website.

The tour includes the following farms in Heidelberg Township:

Venture Farms, 5728 Fritzinger Road, Heidelberg Township
Visit a fully self-sustained horse breeding, boarding and riding farm on 112 acres. The farm has its own trails, makes its own hay, and lease and rent ponies and horses. There will be free petting animals and hayrides and horse and pony rides for a fee. Refreshments will be available.

Where: Traveling north on Route 309 from Schnecksville, travel 41/2 miles past the Wells Fargo Bank. Turn right (north) in the village of Pleasant Corners on Bake Oven Road. Travel 3 miles; pass Curious Goods at Bake Oven Inn and turn right on Fritzinger Road. Venture Farms is the first farm on the right. Park on the left in the field.

Heidel Hollow Farm and Mike Fink Produce, 7419 Saegersville Road, Heidelberg Township
The fourth and fifth generations of the Fink family invite you to their farm in Heidelberg Township. Energy to run the farm is from the 200 kilowatt solar array. Farm products grown here could end up on your dinner table or be loaded on ocean vessels to feed horses and cows. Computerized big bale hay processing system will be demonstrated; 1,200-pound bales are reprocessed into 40- or 80-pound bales. Mike Fink grows more than 500 acres of vegetables — sweet corn, tomatoes, zucchini and pumpkins for local stores. Mike will have vegetables, fruits, and cider available for purchase. Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to make your selection for Halloween. The children can do the hay maze, make a scarecrow and test their knowledge with the Wheel of Ag. Lee Schleicher will have his observation bee hive and honey products available for tasting. The Rural Preservation Association will have a food court featuring locally grown food and a bake sale.

Where: Take Route 309 north to Pleasant Corners. Turn right on Bake Oven Road. Travel one-half mile to a Y and bear right on Saegersville Road. Follow Saegersville Road 2 miles past two stop signs. The farm is on the right.