Sign up for the
Weekly Harvest Newsletter!

Published every Wednesday, the Weekly Harvest e-newsletter is a free Web digest of sustainable agriculture news, resources, events and funding opportunities gleaned from the Internet. See past issues of the Weekly Harvest.
Sign up here

Search This Site

Sign up for the Weekly Harvest Newsletter

What Is Sustainable Agriculture?

Master Publication List

Search Our Databases

Urban Agriculture

Energy Alternatives

Beginning Farmer

Field Crops

Horticultural Crops

Livestock & Pasture

Local Food Systems

Food Safety

Marketing, Business & Risk Management

Organic Farming

Pest Management

Soils & Compost

Water Management

Ecological Fisheries and Ocean Farming

Other Resources

Sign Up for The Dirt E-News

Home Page

Contribute to NCAT


Newsletter sign up button

· Privacy Policy · Newsletter Archives

RSS Icon XML Feeds

RSS 2.0: Events, Breaking News, Funding Opportunities Atom: Events, Breaking News, Funding Opportunities


NCAT strives to make our information available to everyone who needs it. If you are a limited-access or low-income farmer and find that one of our publications is just not in your budget, please call 800-346-9140.


How are we doing?


Home  > Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Permalink Will agritourism work for my farm?

Answer: Agritourism combines agricultural sales with on-farm entertainment or activities that involve the customers. These can include hayrides, mazes, pumpkin patches, farm tours, a bed and breakfast, or other endeavors.

"Pick-your-own" or "you-pick" operations allow customers to wander out into the fields or orchards to pick their own apples, berries, pumpkins, or other crops. Customers check in at the farmstand when finished and pay by weight or volume. This can be a fun activity, especially for kids, and can sometimes allow customers to get larger volumes at lower prices.

There are several advantages to incorporating agritourism into your farm. Doing so can allow you to:

• Diversify your farm business
• Attract customers willing to pay for an educational and entertaining experience
• Advertise your farm and your other enterprises
• Educate the next generation about agriculture and rural communities
• Sell value-added products through an on-farm store

There are several things to consider before you decide to add agritourism to your business, such as:

• You may have less privacy
• You will be interacting with a wide range of people
• You must focus on production as well as creating an attractive and safe customer experience
• You will need customer facilities, bathrooms, and hand-washing sinks
• You may need additional insurance
• Your location is important
• You may be expected to offer a discount in high-value you-pick crops

For more information, see the ATTRA publication, Tips for Selling with: Agritourism and "Pick-Your-Own" at This tip sheet highlights advantages, considerations, useful tips, and key questions you should ask yourself when considering these endeavors.



« What is causing blossom drop in my tomatoes? :: Which edible flowers can I use to enhance my salad mixes for market? »


No Comments for this post yet...

Question of the Week Archives