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Melrose farmers, beekeepers and gardeners are opening up their farms to the public again this year for the second annual Melrose Urban Farms Tour. This is a self-guided, family-friendly tour of the best urban farms in Melrose. Get tips on edible gardens, see what’s needed for keeping goats, chickens and bees in an urban setting, learn about composting, and ask a Master Gardner questions about your own garden. New to the tour this year is a magical fairy garden, and more farms with chickens and bees.
Join us Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. rain or shine. The tour starts at Bowden Park at the junction of W. Emerson, and Vinton Streets, adjacent to the Cedar Park Commuter Rail stop, where you can buy tickets, if you haven’t bought them in advance, and pick up the map for the tour stops. Family-friendly activities, music, and lunch for purchase are available between 12-3pm at Bowden Park. The tour cost is $20/adult, $5/child 6-18 yrs. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance, saving $3 on an adult ticket, online, at the farmers’ market each Thursday starting June 8, and at Buckalews, Hour Glass, and Miter Biter.
All farms are located within Melrose, making for a bike-friendly 8-mile ride (50 minutes not including time for stopping) to visit each site. A map of the bike route will be provided with the brochure for those wishing to go by bike.
Want to volunteer the day of the tour?
- We will need people at Bowden Park to setup then to sit at the table to sell/collect tickets and pass out brochures.
- 3 people for setup from 8:30 am – 10am
- 3-4 at to sit at the table to sell/collect tickets and pass out brochures from 10am-12pm
- 2 to sit at the table to sell/collect tickets and pass out brochures then take down from 12-3
- We’ll need assistants at each farm/garden location – 1 or 2 people per farm
If you want to help the day of the tour, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds will help sustain the Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market. The market is a non-profit 501(c)3.