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 89, 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

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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.

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The 'sunflowers' on the map indicate participants along the Sunflower Trail.

Consider being on the 2022 Sunflower Trail Map
 

Host a site in your yard: 
Sell, Baked Goods, Handmade Crafts, Collector Items, Farm Tools, or other things.
Show: Give a tour of your garden or farm, Display collections or tractors or other farm equipment or other things
Make Music

OR COME UP WITH YOUR OWN CREATIVE IDEAS
 
You must register by
August 10th to get your info on the map. (It's free).
To register, email Texie: tdj@yahoo.com or call 336 351 4142. You can also go to
https://www.facebook.com/franciscocommunity and message Don. Send your idea and your contact information: name, address, email, phone number. 
 


   Here are some of the creative
      listings from last year.....

 2021 Francisco FarmFest Sunflower Trail Map : 

The George Family Farm

At our family’s homeplace, we will have hand-crocheted and knitted items for sale including doilies, ornaments, dishcloths, and hats. We will also have yarn, tools, and more. Black walnuts will be available and Delana will demonstrate his handmade Black Walnut Cracker.

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The Flippin Farm

Flippin Farm on the Dan has been raising Boer goats for over 20 years.  We started with a few as pets for our grandchildren and now we have around 50.  They will be close to the road, hopefully, where you can feed and pet them.  We have two large Great Pyrenees dogs to guard them, but they are friendly.  Watch out for the electric fence. Drive-by Veiwing Site

 Southern Classics 


Southern Classics specializes in fried pies, bread, and desserts. Here, one can enjoy fresh fried apple pies, tenderloin biscuits, sourdough bread, peanut butter delight, hot dogs and bologna sandwiches.  We will also have silk flower arrangements and wreaths for sale. Vintage tractors will be  displayed and there will be cornhole boards for the kids and kids at heart who take their cornhole games seriously. Get there early, the biscuits won't last!

Francis Family Farm  


The Francis Family Farm began operating in 1886 after some of the family moved from Francisco to the Johnstown Community.  What started as small sustenance farming grew into a wheat/flue-cured tobacco operation, and livestock operation until the early 1980s when it downsized into sustenance farming again.  After a couple of years of sustenance farming, it grew back into a small livestock farming operation and has remained that way since while also incorporating sound forestry practices. 

Francisco Farm


The Ag Building at Francisco Farm will sell bee equipment. Equipment will include painted hive bodies, bottom boards, top feeders, and other available equipment. If you’re interested in bees or beekeeping, Jessica Lawrence Louque can answer your questions. Plants, glass terrariums and planters will also be for sale. Plants will be cuttings and small rooted plants of varying rarity.

Jessup Family Farm


We invite you to visit our multi-generational family farm in Asbury.  On display will be a West Virginia tobacco wagon, built in Pilot Mountain circa 1885 and given to Elmer and Josie Shelton as a wedding gift in 1913. The Shelton family farm, which was in Francisco also had a blacksmith shop. This 1915 equipment, as well as items that Phil has made, will be on display (including a cannon!)  Tractors available to view include a 1952 Red Belly Ford.  Homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls will be for sale. 

Kordick Family Farm


We grow 175 different varieties of heirloom apples, including some, such as 'Horse' and 'Buckingham,' propagated from local Stokes County sources.  On 9/18 we will have over 100 varieties of heirloom apple trees for sale.  Our pumpkin patch, with 20 varieties of pumpkins and gourds to pick from, will have fall games for kids.  Inside the packhouse, our collection of old timey apple crate labels will be on display, and we will have cider slushies, produce, and other orchard goodies for sale.  Guest vendors include local farms Jessup Ranch, with specialty goat's milk soaps, and K&L Landing, with sunflowers and other plants, honey and beeswax-based products. Open from 9am-5pm on 9/18.

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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 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.

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Mike Martin Farm

Mike will demonstrate hay larger bale wrapping. Hay is wrapped inplastic sheet that prevents air from spoiling the product. He uses this method of preserving hay for his cattle because grass preserved in this manner will ferment much as regular silage. The nutrient value will be closer to fresh grass than hay that must dry for a longer period, reducing the moisture content. Mike will have equipment on hand to show the entire procedure.

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Midsummer Brewing


A family run craft brewery we brew and distribute artisan ales to area restaurants and bars. Our taproom, tucked in the woods in Westfield, is open Thurs- Sundays. Enjoy a tasting in the taproom, a pint on the patio, or a growler to go. On the 18th we’ll be open 11:00am-9:00 p.m with live music on our outdoor stage from 4-6 pm by duo "Carolina Twine". Gunny's Hot Dog vendor will also be on site for some tasty bites. Family friendly Midsummer also offers non-alcoholic beverages and wine for sale. Regular taproom hours Th 5-9pm F 5-10pm Sat 12-10pm Sun 12-7pm. Visit www.Midsummerbrewing.com or www.facebook.com/MidsummerBrewing/ for more information. 

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Parker's 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. 

TC’s Tractors


Tommy Collins
Want to touch a tractor? You can!
The Tommy 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.

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Walnut Grove at Big Creek Farms


Along our section of the trail in the Big Creek Community of Westfield/Francisco are picturesque views of the Saura Mtn range. We are a 70 acre working Grass Fed Angus cattle farm that offers farm-to-table Beef Quality Assurance certified beef. Sales are available to individuals and we can be reached or answer questions through our Facebook page Walnut Grove at Big Creek Farms The farm was established in 2014 by Josh and Joel Johnson from what was originally a 350-acre tobacco farm. Travelers along the trail will be able to view cattle grazing in the rolling hills as well as daily life as well as seasonal operations of mowing baling and hauling hay for winter forage. 
Travelers, please be advised there is a posted speed limit is 25mph due to children and pets at play as well as the possibility of equipment in the roadway. 

 

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