Saturday, June 23
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, June 24
Free, self-guided tour of Union County farms and markets featuring local artisans!
Union County Tour Kickoff Event
Union County Planning Team
Open Air Celebrations
Martha Girz Smith
Cross Keys Farm, LLC
V Shields Pottery
Professional Help Computer Services, Inc.
Union County Sponsors
Where to Stay
Years Participating: 5
Welcome to Union County
Welcome to Union County...Easy to See, and Hard to Forget!
How to Enjoy the Tour
Step 1: Choose several tour sites below to visit, being aware that you might not be able to see everything in one day. You can start anywhere - the tour is self-guided and there is no admission charge!
Step 2: Load up your car with your friends and family and begin your tour! Bring a cooler and pick up some fresh veggies, let your kids enjoy a hay-ride and barnyard animals, watch our artists in action and enjoy a day in the country!
Step 3: Visit our Ag + Art Tour information table at your first tour stop to sign-in. You will be counted at each tour stop you visit but you only need to sign in at your first stop. Be sure to use #agandarttour in all of your social media check-ins!
Step 4: Don't forget to check out farms and artisans in other participating counties!
With 11 counties over 4 weekends there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy!
328 Fowken Farm RoadJonesville, SC 29353
*Only open Saturday, June 23 from 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Over the last seventy years, Fowken Farm has grown into a touch of seed stock for much of the states, producing high quality, pure-bred Polled Hereford Cattle. The Herford Breeders recognized Mr. Norris Fowler by electing him to the Hereford Breeders Hall of Fame. Fowken Farms is a leading expert with 72 years of experience breeding grass type cattle. Learn the importance of breeding value on a pen of 20 bulls. Before the development of live animal carcass ultrasound, the only way to determine the carcass merit of a sire was to evaluate its slaughter progeny through the feedlot and packing plant. Carcass traits were measured in the progeny and the data were analyzed through a genetic evaluation program to produce carcass trait EPDs (Expected Progeny Differences). Expected progeny differences are still useful in comparing or ranking individuals within a breed for traits of interest. Today, Norris Fowler, Jr., and his family continue the tradition of raising exemplary cattle.
400 Foster StreetUnion, SC 29379
The Jackson Farm is located on the Nicholas Estate, which was built in the early 1900s, and is a family-run operation. We collect honey from several beehives located on the property. We also grow a huge variety of vegetables, including bok choy and broccoli to several different types of tomatoes (cherry, better boy and magic mountain), beans, zucchini, squash, beets and okra. In addition, we have fresh herbs and blueberry patches. We sell our items throughout the year at the Union County Farmer’s Market
Open Air Celebrations
SC Beer Garden
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Both Days
Open Air Celebrations, will be on site providing limited samples of select South Carolina beers and will provide information and demonstrations on beer brewing. These activities are limited to individuals 21 years of age or older in possession of his/her valid State-issued identification card at the time of participation.
Artisans on Site:
- Za’Kyah Jeter, Musician
- Cedric Jackson, Musician
- Teresa Means, Musician
- TheMadddArtist, Perfoming Visual Artist (Sunday only)
- Patty Laux and Reilly Laux, Old Pump Soaps
- Scott Laux, Mixed media artist
U3. Jonesville Veggie Patch
384 Poplar RoadJonesville, SC 29353
*Only open Saturday, June 23
The Jonesville Veggie Patch is family run and operated. We have over 40 (rotated) acres where we grow
seasonal vegetables. Our farm-stand is the largest in the county!
Artisan on Site:
- Enjoy local Bluegrass/Country music performers!
U4. Piedmont Physic Garden
Union, SC 29379
A botanical garden featuring plants with historical medicinal uses. Inspired by the Chelsea Physic Garden in London, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing horticultural and environmental-based learning programs to multi-generations. The mission is to exhibit and promote the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance to plants to the people of Union County and the surrounding Piedmont region of South Carolina. We offer classes and opportunities for individuals and groups to learn and explore the Garden.
Artisans on Site:
- Vickie Shields, Vickie Shields Pottery, Potter
Pottery demonstrations throughout each day of the tour, usually at the top of the hour.
- Shannon Farr, Painter
- Brandi Ketterman, Painter
Painting demonstrations throughout the day
- Hannah Shields, Hannah’s Lotions and Oils
- Union County Community Art Project
Come and add to our community art project which will be a large mosaic of our Union County Ag + Art quilt square symbol!
U5. Three Horse Milling Company
3257 River RoadUnion, SC 29379
The Three Horse Milling Company makes steel-cut grits and cornmeal by using actual horsepower. The apparatus is a homemade creation using an old school bus rear-axle, and various belts, pulleys, and gears. This horse-powered mill is one of only two (known) in the country. Our products are SC Certified and will be available for purchase. There will also be a variety of other artisans on site, as well as musicians.
- Scheduled grits and cornmeal grinding demonstrations with the horses: Saturday, June 23: 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm. Sunday, June 24: 1:30pm and 3:30pm.
Artisans on Site:
- Catherine Casey, Sedalia Soap Company
- Ariana Coleman, Saving Grace Jewelry
- Leigh Anne Arthur, Rusty Nail Works
Learn techniques for aging and distressing reclaimed wood and antique furniture as well as techniques for hand-painting signs
- Harold Senn, Touch of Gray, “Music for Mature Folks” including acoustic versions of songs leaning towards the Americana, Folk, and Country genres.
- Union Woodcarvers Club
- Lauren Gibson, Sweet Sugar Britches
County Farmers Market
106 Lakeside DriveUnion, SC 29379
*Only open Saturday, June 24
The Farmers Market will have several booths with fresh local vegetables and food items available for purchase. There will be artists and craft persons demonstrating and selling their items. There will also be food and drink for purchase and wild game and vegetable cooking demonstrations throughout Saturday. There will be children’s games and activities as well as music for the entire families enjoyment.also available!
Performing visual artist expressed through music, dance & paint (Saturday only)
- Christen Williford, Christen’s Creations, Up-cycled items
- Cross Keys Farm, LLC, Eggs, Baked Goods, Crafts
- Chastain Farms, Eggs, Vegetables
- Hereford Hills Ranch
While you are in Union County be sure to check out these great agriculture and art related locations and events!
111 W Main StreetUnion, SC 29379
Union County Carnegie Library
300 E. South StreetUnion, SC 29379
Saturday, June 23 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Union County Carnegie Library provides training to farmers and opportunities for the community to create art together.
Let’s go on a “Storywalk!” Enjoy a walking book reading of a storybook focused on food, including produce, that will be placed along the storywalk, and also enjoy artwork created by local students.
Want to help support the tour? Serve on the Union County Planning
Team! Committees include farms, artisans, marketing, fundraising, and
volunteer recruitment. Contact Chairperson Elise Ashby at email@example.com.