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Red Rooster Route Days brings local farms to the Arlington community

ARLINGTON — Community members recently had an opportunity to check out a collective farm festival.

Organizers held Red Rooster Route Days on July 24-25 at a variety of farms located in the Arlington area.

The two-day festival allowed consumers to take self-guided tours of the association of farms that make up the Red Rooster Route, enjoy summer activities such as a taking trolley rides, visiting barn gift shops and taking part in a hay maze.

Local meats, produce, berries, flowers and nursery items, as well as ice cream and strawberry shortcake were some of the goods attendees were able to check out.

The Red Rooster Route is made up of Garden Treasures, Foster's Produce & Corn Maze, Ninety Farms, Biringer Farm, Bryant Blueberry Farm & Nursery and Lavender Hills Farm — all are family owned farms that are open to the public during their harvest festivals.

“We are really dedicated to bringing back the small farm culture to the area," said Connie Foster, co-owner of Foster’s in Arlington. "We see our rural heritage as incredibly important to creating a sustainable community and are excited to work together as farmers to provide opportunities for people to explore family farms, purchase locally grown vegetables and summer berries and partake in a wide variety of farm-centered activities.”

At Biringer Farm in Arlington, residents had a chance to take the "Jolly Trolly" out to the farm's collection of raspberry vines, as well as eat shortcake with chocolate and strawberry ice cream.

The Arlington Arts Council also put on an art show at farm, located just off SR 531.

At Foster's, patrons could scarf down local fruits and visit with a number of animals, including rabbits, chickens, sheep and pigs while they prepared to enter the farm's hay maze.

Ninety Farms gave residents a chance to see lambs, walk the fields and learn about sustainable farming.

Bryant Blueberry Farm & Nursery had a balloon artist, and gave children a chance to pick berries, watch the ducks and play on the farm's playground. People could also sample the farm's Bryant Blueberry Crunch.

At Lavender Hills Farm, Lavender lemonade, ice cream and apple cider were available to locals.

Each of the Red Rooster Route farms offer individual and associated events throughout the summer and fall months.

The organization's next event will be the Corn Festival, which takes place Friday, Sept. 3 through Monday, Sept. 6. Hours for each location are available at www.redroosterroute.com.

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