Farm Day marks 15 years
Jefferson County Farm Day celebrates 15 years this Saturday as four farms are featured as part of the annual event. A self-guided tour of featured farms in Jefferson County, is a free event highlighting agricultural resources in the county.
The event serves as an educational tool to help promote knowledge of farms, farmers and farmland. Farm Day is sponsored by the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District and the WVU Jefferson County Extension Service.
Featured on this year’s program is Eversweet Apiaries located at 85 Everhart Drive, Kearneysville. Founded by the late Herb Everhart in 2002, the apiary stocks a complete line of bee equipment plus honey bees and queens. Now run by Everhart’s daughter, Jennifer King, Everhart holds numerous free workshops and field days about beekeeping. Everhart maintains 50 hives within a five mile radius. Farm Day visitors will be treated to honey tasting and a honey extractor demonstration. Honey will be available for purchase.
Taylor’s Ranch is another featured farm on this year’s tour. The ranch is located at 5897 Paynes Ford Road, Kearneysville.
Detailing the “farm” side of horse racing, this ranch features a 15-stall barn surrounded by numerous black fenced paddocks and run in sheds.
Owners Denny and Karone Finger moved to Jefferson County in 2014 and immediately began construction of this horse complex for thoroughbreds. Visitors will see mares and foals grazing, tour the barn and meet Taylor, the family dog and the ranch’s namesake.
Gram’s Racing Stable is another stop on the day’s schedule. Located at 169 Park Forrest Way, Ranson, this stop highlights more of the racing side of horse farming in the county.
From the fooling barn to the stable; the paddocks to the arena and round pen, all of the horses born at Grams Racing Stable, remain there until their race career begins. Tim and Judy Grams are committed to their horses. Tim personally breaks and trains each horse then continues training at the track to ensure success.
The final farm on this year’s a Farm Day tour is Munchin Hill Farm. Owned and operated by Jeff and Pat Adels. Located at 4878 Paynes Ford Road, Kearneysville, this farm features dairy goats.
The Adels moved their dairy goat operation here 16 years ago. Their farm features two breeds: French Alpine and Oberhasli. They show at the national level and sell kids and milkers.
Hours of the tour are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are asked to respect those public hours. For more information on the tour, contact Jane Tabb at 304-725-4325 for visit Jefferson County Farm Day on Facebook.