2017 Field-To-Fork Agritourism Experience – An Authentic Foodie Experience

What a magical day! Savor Gettysburg’s Field-To-Fork Agritourism tour took us through the historic backroads of Adams County where we visited a goat farm, harvested fresh produce and fruit, sampled wines and local cider and learned the art of shiitake mushroom growing.  After a day of harvesting, the group gathered under the sprawling maple tree at Beech Springs Farm to enjoy a gourmet dinner meticulously prepared by Chef Jennifer Boger. The entire day proved to be a truly unique experience, but the icing on the cake was the ability to meet and listen to each farmer talk about their personal experiences in their field.  Altogether an enjoyable and memorable experience.

The 2018 season features four Field To Fork Agritourism experiences on these dates:

July 28, 2018, August 25, 2018, September 1, 2018, October 13, 2018

 

Plan on a full day of new experiences from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Tickets are $155 per person and can be purchased at https://www.savorgettysburgfoodtours.com/field-to-fork-agritourism-experience.html.  For further information, please call 717-688-9584.

 

 

 

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Field-to-Fork Agritourism Experience: A New Way to Explore Gettysburg Area Farmlands

This summer, join Savor Gettysburg and step into the countryside for an exciting new all-day culinary journey—the Field-to-Fork Agritourism Experience. The event is perfect for experienced foodies or those who would like to expand their interest in farm-grown food and cooking. Tours will take place July 22, August 19 and September 9.

“This is an exciting next step for Savor Gettysburg Food Tours,” said owner and tour guide Lori Korczyk. “Our goal is to introduce and connect guests directly to the farmer, to create that opportunity to hear the farmer’s story and develop a relationship so guests can revisit when they return to Adams County.”

Guests will travel Adams County’s historic country roads, stopping at various local farms for hands-on tours to learn about the rich and varied agriculture long nestled within the rolling orchards and farmland surrounding historic Gettysburg.

“I’m very thankful for Lori and her food tours,” said participating chef Jennifer Boger. “She brings us all together—from chefs like me to home cooks and farmers. We can all learn from each other and create our passion, which is food.”

Hands-on opportunities will include harvesting seasonal produce and discovering the area’s finest agricultural offerings, including apples, artisanal goat products, wine and cider, honey, mushrooms, vegetables and more.

Each tour will end at Beech Springs Farm, where guests will help harvest fresh herbs and vegetables from the farm’s gardens and will be invited to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Guests will be served wine and cheese during an interactive chef demonstration to turn the day’s harvests into a fresh, delicious meal. Meals will be prepared by Chef Jeremy Schaffner (July 22), Chef Jennifer Boger (August 19) and Chef Chris Spear (September 9).

“I really enjoy going with the flow,” said chef Chris Spear. “My style tends to be contemporary, mid-Atlantic and Southern with global influences, so I’m looking forward to working with the harvest the guests bring with them to pull together a delicious seasonal meal. They can relax, observe and ask questions.”

Guests will finish their day by reaping the benefits of the Field-to-Fork Experience under a beautiful maple shade tree at Beech Springs Farm. Savor Gettysburg and its tour collaborators can’t wait to show you all that the Gettysburg area farmlands have to offer! Read on for a snapshot of tour locations.

Caprine Delight

Caprine Delight is located less than four miles west of Gettysburg. This stop will include a farm tour and a chance to purchase artisan goats’ milk and cheese—including First Shot Feta, Generals Caraway and Dill Picnic—for use later in the day in the kitchen. With Alpine dairy goats roaming on rotated pasture, Caprine Delight is thrilled to introduce its fresh, natural and delicious goat milk and cheese to the tour guests.

Owner Candy Walker shared that the farm “appreciates this opportunity to showcase our natural aged raw milk cheeses and goat milk, from our own Alpine goats, raised without GMOs, soy and antibiotics.” She continued on to say, “Buying direct from the farmer is the best way to ensure that farming remains viable in our culture.”

Boyer Nurseries & Orchards

The tour will travel another six miles into the heart of Adams County to Boyer Nurseries, nestled among rolling orchards. Family-owned and -operated since 1900, Boyer offers flowers, shrubs, trees, pick-your-own seasonal fruit and a stocked fruit market. Guests will learn more about this family business, have a chance to harvest seasonal fruit and visit the nurseries’ new wine/cider tasting room featuring cider made with Boyer’s own apples (tour attendees for August 19 will enjoy the Adams County Winery tasting room).

Beech Springs Farm

Located a few miles from Boyer’s Nursery is Beech Springs Farm. Jayne Shord, the farm’s owner, will greet the tour group, show them her garden and talk about the farm-to-table philosophy of the farm and the heirloom produce grown for local restaurants and on-farm events. Guests will have the opportunity to hand-pick vegetables and herbs from the garden and learn about the farm’s honey bees.

Up the road a short distance is Jayne’s neighbor and fellow farmer, Peter, who inoculates logs to produce shiitake mushrooms. After a short introduction to mushroom growing, everyone will have a chance to harvest mushrooms directly from the logs and gather eggs from the farm’s henhouse.

Back at Jayne’s farm, a local/regional chef will conduct an interactive cooking demonstration

and prepare a meal that will include all of the fresh ingredients gathered throughout the day. Guests will be able to relax and watch the chef while sipping and nibbling on wine and cheese. If the weather holds out, guests will enjoy their feast under the big Maple shade tree along with fellow tour guests and the chef.

“I feel honored to be in this movement of clean eating,“ added Chef Boger, “sharing with people what food can really taste like and how good it is for your body and soul. It’s great to be able to take people to the source where we can all learn how to really appreciate our food.”

The cost for the full-day (9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) Field-to-Fork Agritourism Experience is $125 per person. To ensure that everyone has a full and personal experience, the tour is designed for a limited group of 14 guests.

To purchase tickets and learn more about how you can participate in this exciting, educational and delicious tour, visit the Savor Gettysburg Food Tours website.

Photos, top to bottom: Beech Springs Farm, Caprine Delight, Caprine Delight, Boyer Nurseries, Beech Springs Farm

New food tour launches in Gettysburg, PA. Latest experience takes participants from the field to the fork

If you are looking for a truly unique agricultural food experience, join us on our newest adventure as we travel the back roads of Adams County and visit some of our local farms.  At each location, you will harvest ingredients that will be used to prepare a deliciously fresh meal at our journey’s end.  From visiting a local dairy where Alpine goats roam on open pasture and you will learn about how artisan goat cheese is made, to visiting an orchard where you will harvest fruit from their pick-your-own orchard and sample wine and cider in the orchard’s wine cellar, to harvesting herbs and vegetables direct from a CSA garden, learning about how Shiitake mushrooms are grown and bees are raised to collecting eggs from free range chickens, your day will be packed full of farming experiences.   At your final destination, an area chef will combine all of the products collected throughout the day into a fabulous meal that will be served (weather dependent) under the spreading arms of the farm’s enormous maple tree.  A late afternoon return to Gettysburg with tummies full and the memories of a day full of unique farming adventures will complete this truly rare field-to-fork experience.”

Here’s a sample of some of the locations that we visit:
We’ll first visit Caprine Delight, located less than four miles west of Gettysburg, for a farm tour and to purchase artisan goats’ milk and cheese for use later in the day in the kitchen. With Alpine dairy goats roaming on rotated pasture, Caprine Delight is thrilled to introduce you to its fresh, natural and delicious goat milk and cheese.
We’ll travel another six miles into the heart of Adams County to Boyer Nurseries, nestled among rolling orchards. Family-owned and operated since 1900, Boyer offers flowers, shrubs, trees, pick-your-own seasonal fruit and a stocked fruit market. You will learn more about this family business, have a chance to harvest seasonal fruit and visit the nurseries’ new wine/cider tasting room featuring cider made with Boyer’s own delicious apples.
We’ll then cross Adams County to Beech Springs Farm, where farmer Jayne Shord will greet you, show you her garden and explain how she created her CSA and started providing her seasonal produce and fruit to local restaurants. You will then have the opportunity to hand-pick and wash seasonal vegetables and herbs. An added bonus: you’ll learn all about the bee-raising process, including harvesting the honey.
We’ll head up the road to visit Jayne’s neighbor and fellow farmer, Peter Bugler. Peter will explain how he inoculates logs to produce shiitake mushrooms, and everyone will have a chance to pick the mushrooms directly from the logs. You will also select freshly laid eggs.
Back at Jayne’s farm, you’ll have an interactive demonstration with a local/regional chef to prepare a meal based on all the fresh ingredients gathered throughout the day. If we are lucky enough to have a sunny day, you’ll enjoy your feast under the big maple tree.