It’s time for the 5th Annual New Leaf Market Farm Tour, and this year we have a special event, the Farm to Table Gourmet Dinner, on Sunday evening. Seating is limited for the dinner, so make your reservations early.
As always, we will have a number of fun and educational events, and more are being added all the time. We post updates on the blog. Search for “Farm Tour 2012” with the search tool on the right to get the latest. Or even better, sign up for our newsletter.
When you come, be sure to use our directions here or at the bottom of this page. The GPS system sends people around the long way and it’s too easy to get lost.
This year, there will be ongoing Wool Carding Demonstrations and Homemade jelly making classes. There will be hayrides throughout both days, a petting area, the “Phony Pony,” an old tractor and a gentle horse to sit on for pictures.
You will see goats browsing in a natural habitat eating their desired woody plants, while the sheep enjoy an abundance of grass. Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs keep all the animals safe. Chickens and guineas roam the property entertaining children and adults alike.
Golden Acres Ranch, located in northern Jefferson County, includes 68 acres of pasture and planted pines. There is also a Mayhaw Tree Pond on the property. Bobbie and Fred Golden purchased the property in 2001, not knowing anything about ranching. Now they raise Tennessee Fainting goats and Katahdin (Hair) sheep, free-range chickens for eggs, provide pet boarding and various sorts of farm supplies and equipment.
Fred and Bobbie were selected as the Jefferson County Farm Family of 2011. Golden Acres ranch is the only USDA certified producer of local, naturally raised lamb and goat meat. Their products carry the Fresh from Florida label. We will have plenty of lamb and goat cuts available then as well as all the jams and jellies.
There is plenty of parking and a picnic area to enjoy time with family and friends. We will have sandwiches and drinks for sale from Johnston’s Meat. They usually bring their smoker and some of their wonderful barbecue pork and smoked sausage sandwiches.
Gerry & Carmen Zengel will be here with their Wood Carvings and Hand Crafted Originals. Both are talented artists and have been here every year.
Penny Kuhl will be on hand with persimmons and chestnuts again this year. She and her helper came last year and sold out. I just picked naturally grown Muscadine Grapes from their U-Pick to make our grape jelly. Sorry grapes are gone now. I’ve done a blog about their U-Pick Chestnuts but if you cannot get to their place you can still get them here.
Barnhart Farms with their fruits and vegetables came during the Mayhaw Festival and said they would be here for the tour. They always have a big selection. I’ll check and see if they can bring pumpkins. He said YES.
Mayhaw Jelly making demo. Did I tell you that David Ward will be here for his famous jelly making class. We have frozen berries still on hand and David will make up some juice ahead of time so he can show you how to make jelly the old-fashioned way – without pectin.
David Ward and Jack Carswell are teaming up for a lively demonstration and a little old-fashioned hawking so come on in and loosen your purse strings. they will start the “boiling of the peanuts” ceremony early in the morning and have them ready for sale by 10:00 AM. The famous Jack Carswell is the peanut vendor. He will be raising funds for the 2012 Southern Music Rising.
Camellia Garden Circle will be here with their Atlas Garden Gloves. This is the ideal glove for the serious gardener. The profit is used to support the Jefferson County Extension 4-H Camp program. We sent two children again this year and hope to continue with this meaningful endeavor.
New Leaf Market is a co-op in Tallahassee that has produced an ever-improving Farm Tour for the North Florida / South Georgia region. We are proud to have been among the original participants. These Farm Tours get better every year. Come out and join us.
Here are some photos from previous events.
Directions: (Please Note: GPS does not get you to our farm!) From Tallahassee, take 1-10 E, take exit 225 and turn north to Monticello, or take US-90 E to Monticello. Travel US-19 north through Monticello toward Thomasville. Four miles north of Monticello are caution lights at the entrance of Greyhound Racing JCKC. One mile further is Barnes Rd. Turn right (east) onto Barnes and travel 0.7 of a mile and turn right into our driveway.