Day Tripping Through Georgia’s Backroads…
It’s time to start collecting some stamps in your passport as you travel the backroads and enjoy the best Georgia has to offer. Visits towns you’ve never seen, and even some of your past favorites as you check off the sites in this year’s Farm Passport.
For the third year, Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) is offering its Farm Passport program. Chances are you are within an hour of a GFB Certified Farm Market and some farm-fresh goodness, whether it’s peaches or blueberries, fresh vegetables, or even Christmas trees at year’s end, the 2021 Farm Passport features the best stops.
The farm passport guides travelers across Georgia to farms that offer food items for virtually any taste. Travel with the passport to live out your love of discovering Georgia, supporting local farmers, and experiencing fresh food. Passport holders will learn about Georgia’s agricultural diversity firsthand as they get their passports stamped at each stop.
The Farm Passport is a collection of GFB Certified Farm Markets that sell directly on the farm, offer tours or other educational activities, or have a market that sells Georgia foods and products.
According to Kelly Henry, GFB certified farm market coordinator, market participation has more than doubled, and farm visits have tripled since the program started. “People love the passport for its opportunity to meet the farmers, new friends, spend special time with their family, and discover Georgia.”
In 2020, farm passport travelers made more than 6,000 visits to GFB Certified Farm Market sites, up from 2,400 visits in 2019.
“The number of people visiting farms during the pandemic surprised me on the one hand and yet, made complete sense with the outdoor markets, fresh produce and peaceful, homegrown atmosphere,” Henry says. “We have seen a large number of repeat participants, and we hope to again this year along with new ones.”
Each location is unique, with some offering pick-your-own options, corn mazes, educational activities, and a host of special events. Extend your Georgia adventure by visiting nearby parks and historical places or trying out new restaurants along the farm routes. You can even turn a day trip into a weekend excursion by lodging in quaint inns and state parks.
Getting your passport stamped offers hours of fun and adventure, and there are various levels of prizes, including a farm-to-table dinner for travelers with 20 or more stamps in their 2021 Georgia Farm Passport. The deadline to submit passports for prizes is Jan. 7, 2022.