As I write this column during the end days of summer, there is a hint of fall in the air. This means I can look forward to October and one of the main agriculture related events during the year.
The annual Trumbull County Farm Foliage Tour will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Hartford area and will feature five stops. This is a free drive-it-yourself event, and this year's stops will focus on specialty farms.
Tour stops will include Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm, 5148 state Route 7 just north of Hartford Center; Hartford Greenhouses, 3084 state Route 7 just south of Hartford Center; Hartford Center Square located at the intersection of state Routes 7 and 305; Hartford Orchards, 6951 state Route 305 just west of the center square; and the Hartford United Methodist Church, 6846 state Route 305 west of the center.
Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm has been operated by the Yeager family since 1991 with more than 100 acres of various species of evergreen trees. You can take a hay ride to enjoy the autumn colors and see how trees are balled and burlapped for planting.
Hartford Greenhouses is owned by the Wilhelms, and they grow summer annual flowers, perennials, vegetable plants and herbs. Visitors will be able to purchase fall vegetable and plants and can see the display of the aquaponics system, which produces lettuce year round.
Hartford Center will host information booths by several agriculture related agencies, plus the Antique Tractor Club will have a display of tractors. Green Power Milling will have its homemade ice cream for sale at this location. The Hartford Volunteer Fire Department will open its doors, and restrooms will be available at the station.
Hartford Orchards, where the Eucker family has been affiliated since 1940, is the place to experience the taste of fall with its fruits and apple products. Harford is known for its apple festival held each year in early September thanks to this business being located in this community.
Hartford United Methodist Church will have a light lunch available for purchase. You may also tour the church, which was completed and consecrated in 1953, as it celebrates its 60th anniversary and visit with Pastor Mary Ann Rufener.
Tour stop maps are available at the Tourism Bureau office on Mahoning Avenue in Warren next to the Amphitheatre as well as at the Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center, 520 W. Main St., Cortland.
So be sure to attend the annual Farm Foliage Tour which highlights our No. 1 industry in Trumbull County: agriculture.
Wilson is the executive director of the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District and is an associate member of the Trumbull County Farm Bureau.