Melissa Corbin of Corbin in the Dell covered hemp and agritourism in Tennessee for The Matador Network. She visited with Tyler Sneed of the Tennessee Agritourism Association, Bill Corbin of Corbin Sciences, Jennifer Nicely of Horse and Hawk and Jennifer Davis here at Rabbit Circle Rural American Farm Tours.
Just thirty minutes beyond the bright lights and bustle of Broadway, there’s a whole other side of Nashville that many people never see. It’s a place steeped in local lore and rooted in history, where backroads lead the way through stories filled fields and a cast of colorful characters. This is a side of Nashville that takes you out of the city and transports you back in time to experience the legacy of rural America, and its connection to everything from the food on our plates to the dye in our jeans.
Rabbit Circle Tours specializes in custom rural farm tours. The adventure begins with one of our locally born and grown guides picking your VIP up in town. From there, we head off on a tour of the countryside surrounding Nashville with stops in rural communities such as Cross Plains, Springfield, Joelton, Ashland City, Gallatin and Franklin.
Along the way, we will introduce them to locals and grab lunch at one of our favorite locally-owned restaurants. From snacking on sun-ripened tomatoes straight off the vine to a meet-and-greet with favorite farm animals, each tour is unique and customized to the interest of our guests.
Broadway may boast the highest volume of Nashville tourists, but a Rabbit Circle custom farm tour is the experience that nobody ever forgets. Learn more and book your tour at https://rabbitcircle.com/.
Planning a trip to the southern USA? There a few things that you should know for sure:
There is a lot to see beyond the city limit signs. The history and culture of the south was created from the dirt and tears of rural farmers. You can’t visit a dirt road, meet a farmer or really know America until you visit the rural countryside.
Macaroni and cheese is a vegetable. If you are lucky enough to find a locally-owned “meat and 3” restaurant, there will be a long list of side dishes to choose from (and a lot of dirty farm trucks in the parking lot). A meat and 3 restaurant is generally served cafeteria style. You choose your meal from a list of meats and vegetables. one meat, three vegetables, a roll or cornbread and tea. Don’t be confused when you see mac & cheese listed along with all the other sides. In the south, mac and cheese is a vegetable, salads are not.
The tea will be sweetened black tea with a twist of lemon. Country folks take pride in their sweet tea. It is often so sweet that you can stand a spoon up in the glass. If you order unsweetened tea, it’s a sure giveaway that you aren’t local or you’re on a diet.
If you want to meet a real southern farmer, you should be introduced to them by a local at the meat and 3. Farmers are generally shy with foreigners. Foreigners are recognized by the locals as anyone that drinks unsweetened tea, thinks mac and cheese is just a side dish and lives north of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Whiskey and moonshine are grown on a farm. If you visit a distillery, you are only seeing part of the picture. To better understand the cultural significance, you have to visit a cornfield in August. If you are foreigner traveling in the south, it’s best to visit a farm with a local and bring your own glass. You will likely be invited to sit and sip on a glass of our favorite local beverage. Tea and whisky are the same color, but you’ll have to join us for an afternoon to find out what’s really in our glass.
On Saturday July 21, we hosted a custom tour for Edible Nashville’s Farm to table dinner. We picked up folks at the Noelle Hotel in Downtown Nashville and carried them out to to Turnbull Creek Farm in Bon Aqua, TN.
The beautiful farm is run by Tallahassee May, farmer and owner who also operates Fresh Harvest, the first online CSA in middle Tennessee.
We are happy to set up a customized tour for your group. We are happy to provided services via 4×4 trucks, helicopter, small plane or bus. Contact us directly to plan your trip. 971-400-6420
Check out the photos from the dinner on Edible Nashville