Take the agritourism trail

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May 7 – To celebrate northern Alabama’s rich agricultural history, the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association has added the Agriculture Adventures Trail to its growing list of getaways.

With the recent success of the AMLA Wine Trail, AMLA President Tami Reist has set her sights on growing the agri-tourism industry in her ongoing efforts to connect the 16-county region through their trail program.

Made possible through grant programs developed in part by State Representative Corey Harbison and Senator Garlan Gudger, the Agriculture Adventures Trail features 34 experiences ranging from orchards and vineyards to festivals and farmers’ markets.

“Through these grant programs, we’re able to bring people into these communities and showcase things that don’t always get the attention they deserve,” Harbison said.

At the program’s launch event at Sullivan Creek Ranch on Thursday, one of the stops on the Agriculture Adventures trail, guests were treated to product information and a farm-to-table lunch, featuring products from Isom’s Orchard, Reeves Peach Farm, J. Calvert Farms and products from Gentry.

With Greg Sullivan’s commitment to the highest quality Akaushi beef and his wife Emily’s addition of his Cattle and Canvas art studio, the venue offers both spaces to practice your stringing skills and deliciously rustic farm-to-table culinary experiences.

Drawing inspiration from the beauty of the more secluded properties, Emily was inspired to add luxury picnics to the venues’ offerings, taking care of everything from appetizers to cleaning.

As Deputy Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, Tami Culver doesn’t know what to expect — pandemic or cultural change — but she says farms are changing.

“It’s a different mindset, farms are starting to open up to the community and people are more and more interested in where their food comes from and the process involved,” Culver said.

For more information on the trail, call Reist at 256-350-3500 or visit northalabama.org/trails/agritourism-trail/.

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