Monday, June 22, 2015

SFKT's 2015 Ashland-area Farm Tour on Sunday, July 19

Slow Food Katy Trail’s


Sunday, July 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Join Slow Food Katy Trail Sunday, July 19, as we spend the afternoon exploring some of the farms that supply fresh, sustainably grown food to the Central Missouri region. This tour is designed to acquaint you with local farmers and give you an up-close look at their production methods and farming styles. Please feel free to ask them questions about how they grow their food.


River Hills Harvest

8871 Tom Bass Road, Rockbridge• Guided tour 1 to 1:30 p.m.

Photo by Bernadette Dryden
It’s all about the elderberry. Let internationally recognized elderberry guru, Terry Durham, tell you why you need more of this magical native fruit in your life. Sample refreshing elderflower lemonade, elderberry shrub and thumbprint cookies filled with with—you guessed it—elderberry jam.

The Salad Garden

16303 S. Hawkins Road, Ashland• Guided tour 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

Photo by Angela Reid
Spend an hour with farmer Dan Kuebler in his certified-organic vegetable paradise and discover—while nibbling on samples of each—how he makes his addictive fermented sauerkraut and pickles. Check out his extensive plantings and find out why his produce has been a favorite at the Columbia Farmers Market for the past 25 years.

120 E. Fox Hollow Road, Ashland• Guided tour 3:15 to 4 p.m.

Photo by Megan Fox

Chickens and turkeys and ducks, oh my! Visit this small, diversified family farm that specializes in pasture-raised poultry, eggs and wild-crafted herbal medicinals. While you sample their kefir soda, wild jams and jellies, let Megan Fox and Alan Helland show you what goes into creating a resilient homestead in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Boone County.


The tour follows the order listed above, at the times specified. Online map and GPS directions may lead you astray today, so it’s recommended that you follow the directions below. The map links below and those embedded in the tour flyer are approved and safe to use. Click here to download the printable pdf tour flyer.

 To River Hills Harvest • 8871 Tom Bass Road, Rockbridge • Guided tour 1 to 1:30 p.m.
From Columbia—Take US-63 S toward Jefferson City. Go 6.8 miles, then turn right onto E. Deer Park Road. Go 115 feet and turn left onto MO-163 (Tom Bass Road). Go 1 mile; orchard is on the right. Watch for the Slow Food Katy Trail farm-tour sign at the driveway entrance. (7 minutes/7.8 miles from Broadway & US-63) 

Go right (south) on MO-163 from the orchard driveway and travel 1 mile. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto US-63 S toward Jefferson City. Go 3.8 miles and take the Ashland exit (follow signs for Missouri Y/Missouri M/Guthrie/Ashland). At the top of the ramp, take the third exit off the roundabout to cross back over US-63, heading east. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto Highway Y. Go 2.6 miles and turn right onto S. Hawkins Road. Go 7/10 mile; destination is on the right. Look for the high ­tunnels and farm-tour sign. (11 minutes/8.7 miles) 

Turn left (north) onto S. Hawkins Road from the farm driveway and go 8/10 mile. Turn left onto Highway Y and go 2.6 miles. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto E. Broadway; go 1/10 mile and at the next roundabout take the first exit to stay on E. Broadway. Go 1 mile, continue onto E. Route M, and travel 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Highway MM and travel 4.3 miles. Turn left onto W. Fox Hollow Road; the farm is 1/2 mile down the road on your right. Look for the high tunnel and farm-tour sign.  (20 minutes/10.7 miles) 

Turn left (west) onto W. Fox Hollow Road from the farm driveway and drive 1/2 mile. Turn right onto  Highway MM and go 4.3 miles. Turn left onto E. Route M and travel 2.5 miles to US Highway 63. (Go north on 63 to head for Columbia or south on 63 for Jeff City.)  (14 minutes/7.1 miles)

**** Please leave your dogs at home! • Smoking is prohibited on all farms. ****

Slow Food Katy Trail
is the mid-Missouri chapter of Slow Food USA,
and part of a global movement.

Slow Food advocates for food and farming policy that is good for the public, good for the planet, and good for farmers and workers. Food that is good, clean and fair. Slow Food Katy Trail heartily welcomes new members and new energy for the cause. To join our chapter, please go to and click on Donate. Send us an email at: Follow us on Facebook. Come talk to us on the tour and learn more!

See the Slow Food Katy Trail Facebook page for more info and updates. 

There is no rain date, so check Facebook or the web site for tour cancellation info in the event of heavy rain or storms. You also may email for more info, or call 573-220-5354 on the day of the tour.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ashland-area Farm Tour flyer (Sunday, July 19, 1-4 p.m.)

Follow the link below to print or download a handy two-page pdf flyer that contains all the info you'll need to attend the July 19 Ashland-area farm tour featuring River Hills Harvest, the Salad Garden and Blue Fox Farm. If you click on the directions to each farm you'll be taken to a Google map leading to that destination, or just follow the printed directions.