Update: Green Dirt Farm cancels June 27 tour of farm and cheesemaking facility
Update: The owners of the Green Dirt Farm have just canceled previously announced plans to hold a one-day tour of the operation on Saturday, June 27. Events manager ReGina Cruse tells The Pitch that “there’s a lot going on at the farm right now — this is a working farm, after all — and our staff is just maxed out. I’m looking at dates in September to reschedule so we can put on a great, family-friendly event.” The original post follows.
I can’t say that taking a tour of a sheep farm, even one that produces such delicate and delicious cheeses as Green Dirt Farm, has ever been on my bucket list. But this year’s farm tour — set for Saturday, June 27 — is limited to visitors ages 21 and older, which will make it feel less like a school outing and more like an adult study in bucolic farm life.
After all, I have a lot more in common with Eva Gabor on Green Acres than Henry David Thoreau.
The owners of Green Dirt Farm are apparently deluged with requests for tours of the farm — located near Weston, Missouri, about 40 minutes from downtown Kansas City — but rarely offer them. Saturday’s event will offer five tours, each held on the hour beginning at noon. Advance tickets for each tour cost $25 (see ordering information below), and tickets sold on the day of the tours will be priced at $30 each.
For this year’s tour, the Green Dirt Farm operators have, according to the publicist, “tweaked the tour and added a more formal tasting component as well as live music.”
If the weather is sunny, tour visitors will be invited to picnic on the grounds of the farm near the open-air events barn. Picnicking patrons are advised to bring their own blankets. The acoustic band, the Knobtown Skiffle Band, will be playing outdoors that afternoon for the picnic contingent. Tour guests will be able to purchase a seasonal selection of Green Dirt Farm’s cheeses (prepacked in a convenient cooler) as well as mini loaves of Fervere’s Orchard Bread, Boulevard Brewing Co.’s Tank 7, and Amigoni Urban Winery’s Viognier and Urban Drover.
A Green Dirt Farm Tour Day ticket includes parking (at Benner Park in nearby Weston, with shuttle buses transporting patrons to the farm; parking at the farm is strictly prohibited), a guided tour of the farm and cheesemaking facilities, a tractor ride to the events barn, and a tasting of some of Green Dirt Farm’s cheeses.
Tickets are required and are currently available online at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 1-800-838-3006.