The largest industry in South Carolina is agriculture. The second largest is tourism. Combine the two and what do you have? AgriTourism - which might be a perfect fit 'Four' Summerton.
Agritourism offers a way to supplement a farm income and while also helping consumers become more aware of the contributions agriculture makes to their region. It is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry.
Some examples of Agritourism activities include:
- Tours of local vinyards and wineries
- Festivals celebrating regional foods
- Road side stands selling local produce
- Setting up local Farmers Markets
- Self-harvesting farms , e.g. strawberry's, blueberries...
- Farms offering hay rides, corn mazes...
- Dining on regional cuisine and local produce
- Bed & Breakfast (B&B) Stays on Farms and Ranches
- Feeding, riding and interacting with farm animals
- Holding weddings in rural settings
- Private fishing ponds for visitors
- Touring historic farms or plantations
People have become more interested in how their food is produced. They want to meet farmers and processors and talk with them about what goes into food production. For many people who visit farms, especially children, the visit marks the first time they see the source of the food they eat.
It seems like Agritourism is a good fit 'For Summerton'. The question is - what do we do next? The town and owners of surrounding farms need to work together to grow this local industry. Where do we start? With a local farmers market in downtown Summerton? Participating in SC Agritouism programs and associations? Agritourism marketing? Signage programs? Web sites? Social media...
To help get things rolling, check out the following AgriTourism links: