Many of the Shenandoah Valley’s top growers are raising their fresh produce, grains, meats, and cheeses in Augusta County. In fact, Augusta County has more farm acreage that any other county in Virginia, and we’re the second-largest agricultural producer in the state. Our farms number 1,729 on 286,195 acres.
Augusta County ranks first in the state for production of beef cattle, sheep and lambs, and second in milk cow production. We have more than 30,000 head of beef cattle and more than 9,000 sheep and lambs. We’re also one of the state’s largest poultry producers. This means, if you’re looking for an authentic and abundant “where does my food come from?” experience…Augusta County delivers.
Meet our growers and taste their wares when you travel the Fields of Gold Farm Trail where more than 40 Augusta County producers can be found. Of note is Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, the leader of the beyond organic movement. Salatin welcomes anyone at any time to visit his farm for an education in agriculture with true grass-fed rotation of livestock and free-range poultry.
Local Food & Drink
After you visit our growers, taste all of the amazing ways local foods and craft drinks are prepared by our favorite chefs, restaurants and brewers. Try meals prepared at LUNdCH, Zynodoa, Nu-Beginning Farm Store, or The Shack (headed by James Beard award nominee chef Ian Boden). Then head to Stable Craft Brewing Company for a farm-fresh craft beer made with backyard hops you can see.
Taste, smell, see, and touch what’s fresh and local when you stroll through our area farmers markets. Our four markets are great opportunities to shop for artisan foods including produce, plants, homemade breads and sweets, eggs, and coolers of freshly-butchered and packaged meats and cheeses. Shop for the evening’s meal while eating a homemade muffin and enjoying the sounds of a local musician.
Our markets are open April through October on Saturdays and a variety of weekdays.
Numerous Augusta County farms are open for tours and welcome visitors. You’ll find them on the Fields of Gold Farm Trail. Some are open without reservation while others request that you make an appointment. Put your boots in the field to see and appreciate where your food comes from while our farmers showcase Shenandoah Valley agricultural practices.