Attracting tourists and community members to your farm is a great way to draw attention to the goods you produce and sell. When people visit your farm for a tour, it gives you an opportunity to sell them fresh produce and other goods you've recently produced. Each visit is likely to increase word-of-mouth advertising for your farm business too. Gaining attention from the public can even help you score sales contracts with distributors in your community and beyond. Here are three tour features to consider incorporating that should help draw more attention to your farm:
A Stagecoach Ride
Offering your visitors a stagecoach ride around your property is an excellent way to get them excited about the gardens and orchards they'll see. Stagecoach passengers will take a step back in time while learning how the food they eat is produced. Invest in an authentic reproduction stagecoach that features traditional wheels, seats, and wagon covers. An old concord stagecoach will provide a rich history of stories to share with visitors during each tour ride – request a background report from your dealer.
A Produce Maze
You can use produce that grows tall, such as corn or bananas, to create a challenging maze for guests to enjoy. Start by choosing a large clear area on your farm where the maze can be created and then design a layout featuring a series of walking paths that intersect one another on paper. Plant your produce along the outer edges of the paths within the maze layout, and it will be ready to use as soon as your plants grow tall enough to make walls.
Pick 'n Picnic Events
Consider hosting regular events that involve guests picking their own produce to use in a meal for lunch. You provide the picking tools, a picnic basket filled with beverages and sandwich fixings, and small picnic areas to choose from where visitors can relax and eat once they've picked food from your farm for their side dishes. Feature small outdoor counters with barbecue pits at each picnic spot so potatoes, tomatoes, asparagus, and other fresh produce can be grilled. Store utensils under the counters to make prep easy on picnic guests. Your pick 'n picnic events will give you an opportunity to make a profit while showcasing your farm products to local consumers, tourists, and distribution managers throughout the year.
These ideas can be used in combination with one another to create an exciting attraction that locals and tourists alike are sure to find interest in. By charging a small fee for access to each feature, you may be able to make a small profit throughout the year by simply showing people around your farm.