Local farms and farmer’s markets are opportunities for Moore County consumers to directly interact with the people who are responsible for growing our food.

A new mobile application now makes it easier for residents to locate Moore County farms, farmers markets and agricultural events.

Moore County has become the fifth county in our state to launch the Visit NC Farms app to connect residents and visitors to area farms and farmers markets and the food they offer.

The app was launched through a partnership between the Pinehurst-Southern Pines- Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Moore County Cooperative Extension Service and participating farms.

“The Visit NC Farms Mobile App is a resource that will help consumers learn and connect to the farmers that grow their food, and it will help farmers educate visitors about the value of local agriculture to the local economy which will result in consumer support of farm land preservation,” says Deborah McGiffin, county extension director for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service in Moore County. “In essence, the Visit NC Farms Mobile App is a tool that supports and promotes North Carolina agriculture for the well-being of our citizens, our economy and the farmers who feed us.”

The app also helps residents and visitors to find local restaurants and breweries that source-locally grown products for their menus, area shopping, farm tours, and trails and lodging.

“The Visit NC Farms app is a great way to use a modern marketing tool to aggregate all of the farms, farmers, restaurants and more to enhance the guest experience in Moore County,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Pinehurst-Southern Pines-Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We encourage everyone to download the app and see all of the really unique and fun things people can do when they aren’t on the golf course.”

The Visit NC Farms app is available through any smartphone app store.

The following is a list of all Moore County participants of the Visit NC Farms app:

Flint Rock Farm; Misty Morning Ranch; Happy Goat Ranch; Kalawi Farms; Paradox Farms; Dunn’s Educational Farm; Doby Christmas Tree Farm; Ken Chappell’s Peaches/Apples; The Conscious Cultivators, LLC; Johnson Family Produce and General Store; Priest Family Farm; Possum Run Garden Center; Green Haven Plant Farm; Pinestar Farms; Fairway Farm and Mac C’s Family Farm.

Farmers Markets:
Moore County Farmers Market; Sandhills Farmers Market in Pinehurst and Moore County Health Department Farmers Market

Farm Stays:
Tanglewood Farm Bed and Breakfast; LighterWood Farm; Rubicon Farm

Food Pantries and Sources:
Food Bank CENC at Sandhills and sandhills Farm to table CSA (box program)

Pick Your Own Farms:
Highlanders Farm; C.V. Pilson Farm; Eagle’s Nest Berry Farm; White Hill Farms; Karefree Produce; Olde Carthage Farm; Blueberries of Cameron.

Ashten’s Restaurant; Chef Warren’s; Elliott’s on Linden; The Sly Fox Pub; Scott’s table; Pik n’ Pig; The Bakehouse; 195 Restaurant; Carolina Resort.

Special Events:
Rubicon Farm; LighterWood Farm; Carolina Fun Factory, Inc. and Malcolm Blue Farm.

Black Rock Vineyards and Winery; James Creek Cider House’ Pinehurst Brewing Company; Railhouse Brewery and Southern Pines Brewing Company.

For more information on the Visit NC Farms App, go to VisitNCFarmsToday.com.

Article sponsored by Flow Farm, located in Pinehurst.

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