We are so excited about the Arts & Ag Tour which is coming up May 22nd -May 23rd. The Arts & Ag Tour has become a Memorial Day weekend tradition in Hickman County, Tennessee. This special event is a two day, self-guided tour of Hickman County’s scenic back roads with over 24 stops along the way. Each stop features a combination of farming, art, music and southern hospitality. Taking the Arts & Ag Tour is completely free! You can pick up a free copy of the beautiful, full-color Arts & Ag Tour Guide at Wild Duck Soup Emporium on the Centerville Square or download the digital version from the Arts & Ag Tour website.
Tottys Bend Soap Farm is going to be Stop #11 on the Tour. Visitors will be able to tour our small farm where we raise registered Nubian dairy goats. Our milk parlor will be open for visitors to see where Nate hand milks our goats each morning. Folks will learn all about our sustainable farming methods and how we make small batches of handmade goat milk soaps using milk from our own goats. Our friend Miss Pam will be at our farm to offer hands-on goat milking demonstrations. She will also have a booth with her Star Brite soaps for sale.
Just a short ways up from us on Tottys Bend Road are two more stops on the Arts & Ag Tour. Stop #12 is the Tottys Bend Community Center. This historic building once served as the community schoolhouse. It is also said to be the location of the longest running regular potluck in the United States. Members of the Tottys Bend Community Center have been gathering for a potluck dinner on the second Tuesday of the month for over 40 years. Their monthly potluck is open to non-members as well. During the Arts & Ag Tour visitors to the Tottys Bend Community Center can learn about the history of the building and its members. Light refreshments will be served. Tottys Bend Community cookbooks will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the upkeep of the building.
Duck River Rose is Stop #13 on the Arts & Ag Tour. This scenic rose farm is also located on Tottys Bend Road. Owners Larry and Connie Baird are award winning rosarians. They cultivate over 400 rose plants in addition to many other plant varieties. Visitors to Duck River Rose will enjoy a tour of the gardens which overlook the Duck River. Larry and Connie are happy to share information about rose care and how they became interested in roses. Larry will have his handmade garden stepping stones for sale.
The entire Arts & Ag Tour is a family friendly event. There will be a ton of arts and crafts for sale throughout the Tour as well as local, chemical-free produce, farm eggs, grass fed meats, and southern style plate lunches. We look forward to meeting new folks on the Arts & Ag Tour and hope many of you are able to take advantage of this once a year experience.