FarmFest Along The Sunflower Trail
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Our Communities of NW Stokes welcomes you to a very special celebration of our area’s farming heritage and homegrown, handmade traditions. Explore one of the most scenic parts of the Piedmont, visiting family farms and other sites along the way to enjoy local history, arts and crafts, music and much more. There will be food, demonstrations, games, and of course tractor and farming equipment displays. Make a day of it. Pick up a map at the Francisco community building, tour the trail, and come back for a barbecue supper and concert with some of the best musicians around. Trail:9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Supper 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; concert 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Place: Francisco Community Building
7104 Hwy 89W, Westfield, NC 27053
Hours: Trail: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Supper: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Concert: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The map covers the communities of Francisco, Collinstown, Asbury, Johnstown, and Westfield and the area around them. Visitors will also be directed to any sites located (East/West) between Rte 8 and the Surry County line in Westfield, and (North/South) the Virginia border to the area around 268.
2022 Sites along the trail
1. Francisco FarmFest Welcome Center,
(Francisco Community Building) (food stop)
Stop by the Francisco Community Building to pick up a map. The hosts will assist you in customizing your adventure for the day. See the prizes for the raffle and get your tickets. At the Bakers’ Corner, pick up goodies made by some of the best bakers in the county. Hot dogs with all the fixings will be available from 11 am to 2 pm. We look forward to seeing you!
2. Southern Classics Stop
Sylvia Burton, Abigail Wilmoth, Reba Dodson, Rita Pack, Janette Shouse, Alyssa Collins and Samantha Smith This stop on the trail features tenderloin biscuits, fried apple pies, sourdough bread, desserts and fried bologna sandwiches. We will also have silk flower arrangements and baskets, handmade potholders, crafts, T-shirts, and jewelry. We have vintage tractors on displayas well as cornhole boards for your playing pleasure.
3. Parker&Packhouse Creations
In our tobacco packhouse workshop, we create hand painted wood home décor. We’ll be selling seasonal signs and decorations, porch leaners, door hangings, shelf signs, planter boxes, wine racks, and more. Each piece is specially designed, hand painted and sealed to last. The wood is locally sourced or reclaimed. We’ll also welcome special orders. Remember special orders make the best gifts. 336.577-1509
4. Marshall Creek Farm
At Marshall Creek Farm we breed and sell Nigerian dwarf goats, we currently have multiple kids on site from this year‘s breeding season: 30 goats total, 19 kids, We have some kids that do not have their names picked out yet, there will be a suggestion box available for your pick, hope to see you there.
5. Michele Kraft Studio
Handmade items sewn from premium cotton canvas, or outdoor fabric including: Market Bags, Beach Bags, Cinch Top Bags (overnight bags), Aprons, Plastic Bag Holders, Outdoor Pillow Forms, Cross Body Bags. Market Bags are great for groceries. Beach Bags will deliver many years of trips to the beach. Teens, 20' & 30's + love these overnight bags. All bags stand on their own! Fabulous Christmas or any occasion gifts.
6. TC’s Tractors
Want to touch a tractor? You can! The Collins family will display their collection of tractors. These tractors were, for the most part, used to plant, cultivate, and harvest tobacco, but have been transitioned to the production of grain crops and hay. The tractors range in size from 23 horsepower to 114 horsepower. A “pulling” tractor that was used in competition is part of the display.
7. Jessup Mill
Jessup Mill is a 100-year-old grist mill standing on the banks of the Dan River. This site is a discovery place. Here, you can learn local history from great storytellers and explore some of the secrets of our waterways and the critters living in them. DRBA will have “Bugs in the Water.” Find out how citizen scientists measure water quality using bugs! Stay for a while, take a walk, or picnic by the river. Across from the mill, a farmer will be harvesting tobacco.
8. Bowman Road Antiques House
Bowman Road Antiques House is chock full of the 40 years of collecting by Anne Demuth. Inside these brick walls you will find a treasure chest of antique and vintage linens, embroidery, jewelry, china, glassware, civil war period furniture pieces, framed pictures, and more. We also have a large and fine collection of dolls and doll accessories. All items are priced to sell. Come and explore!
9. Kordick Family Farm
We grow 175 different varieties of heirloom apple trees in our holistic/organic orchard. Fresh fruit and apple trees will be for sale, as well as pumpkins. We will be offering dried apple tastings all day and our collection of old-timey apple crate labels will be on display. Open from 9 am to 6 pm
10. The Big Creek Lodge Restaurant Luna’s Trail Farm & Event Center
Luna's Trail Farm and Event Center specializes in hosting events, mainly weddings, but also events of all kinds. We offer a restaurant and overnight lodging in the form of individual lodge rooms as well as cabins. Think of us sort of like a country club that you don't have to join, and contact us about coming for a meal, your next weekend getaway, or a special event. We'll be serving some light bites from 9 am to 3 pm in the restaurant area of The Big Creek Lodge, so please stop by and enjoy the view while you’re here. Donations to Our Communities will be accepted.
11. Midsummer Brewing
A family run craft brewery, Midsummer brews and distributes artisan ales to area restaurants and bars. Our taproom, tucked in the woods in Westfield, is open Thur. - Sun. Enjoy a tasting in the taproom, a pint on the patio, or a growler to go. During the Sunflower Trail, we’ll be open 12 noon to 10 pm, with live music on our outdoor stage from 6-9pm by Carolann and the Just Us Band (there is a $5 cover charge for live music). Defense Dogs food truck will also be on site from 3 pm to 8 pm. Family friendly Midsummer also offers non-alcoholic beverages and wine for sale.
12. The George Family Farm
At our family’s homeplace, we will have hand crocheted and knitted items for sale including doilies, ornaments, dish cloths and hats. We will also have yarn, antiques, and collectables. Black walnuts and local honey will be available, and Delana will demonstrate his handmade Black Walnut Cracker. Delana will also have his collection of tools on display and some for sale.These are tools our forefathers used in farming, cutting wood for the family use, and logging.
13. Carolina Ziplines
Nestled near Hanging Rock State Park, Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour, family owned since 2007, has created memories for families and friends ziplining through their 11 zipline canopy course. Located off Hwy 66 on a historic farm once owned by RJ Reynold's great grandfather, Joshua Cox who fought in the Revolutionary War. Come visit or call for information, discounts, or reservations. carolinaziplines.com
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Francisco Community Building, (food stop)
Pickup BBQ in Community building and sit back and enjoy two extraordinary local bands in the shady cove behind building. Raffle Winners will be announced at 4 pm.
Hours: Supper 4 pm to 6 pm; Concert: 4 pm to 7 pm
FarmFest Raffle Items
Deanna Ramrez, 3-d Collage ( NSHS )
Layne Stone "Incense House" ( NSHS )
In support of the Art and FFA programs at North Stokes high school, work was purchased during exhibits by OC member and donated to FF Raffle
Emily Rogers , Painting ( NSHS )
Metal Sculpture by FFA Students (NSHC)
Knitted scarf by Susan Hathcock
Handmade Walnut Table by Bill Hart
Tractor Quilt Created by
Kathryn Converse, Diane Hart and Thadia George
pieced, and Ann Simmons quilted.
Gift basket from Sylvia Burton's Southern Classic catering contains half Pound Cake. 1 Loaf Sourdough Bread,
2 Banananut Breads, 4 Apple & 4 Coconut Pies, and 2 Peanut Butter Delights.
Authentic Italian meal for four prepared by Aldo Rustioni
All details about meal to be
arranged between Aldo and
Fortunate Winner !
'Buckingham' apple tree
Kordick Family Farm
'Buckingham' is a regional, all-purpose favorite and has been called "the quintessential Southern apple," excellent for fresh-eating and cooking, as well as drying and cidering.
RAFFLE DONATION $5.00
One ticket per drawing
For raffle tickets Contact: Regina Rollins by email
or call 336-580-8759
Thanks for your support!
End of Trail Events
Pickup BBQ in Community building / Sit back and enjoy
two extraordinary local bands on the shady cove behind building;
Bring your own blanket or lawn chair for extra comfort.
Place: Francisco Community Building
7104 Hwy 89, Westfield, NC 27053
Hours: BBQ: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Music: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Raffle Winners will be announced during this time.
Click boxes below to hear past performances of bands.