The tomato is a versatile vegetable, adding a pop of color to salads, a flavorful base to pasta sauces, and a permanent stain of disapproval on cruise-ship comedians. Celebrate a vegetable of endless varieties with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $49 for admission for two to Organic Tomato Fest with choice of one organic-farming workshop (up to a $110 value)
- $89 for admission for four to Organic Tomato Fest with choice of one organic-farming workshop (up to a $220 value)
Guests peruse the scenic grounds of Paris Barns's vegetable fields and livestock paddocks, sampling the ripe produce from more than 1,500 tomato plants. Additionally, guests stop to learn organic-farming techniques from the experts who tend the grounds' crops, such as the proper way to pick a tomato or how to identify a breed by taste. Guests can practice canning the vegetables to keep them fresh throughout a long winter, or even rent a tomato plant to grow their own food. Reservations for each workshop are required, and guests should call ahead to reserve their spot.
Rolling hills and meadows cascade toward the organic-farming grounds that surround Paris Barns, where red-roofed buildings and metallic grain silos stand as pleasant punctuations against the lush landscape. The Virginian soil hosts more than 10,500 tomato plants, as well as other seasonal vegetables and herbs. The grounds also act as a certified wildlife habitat for goats, lambs, and alpacas, as well as more exotic animals such as flightless emus, which entertain visitors with their aggressive posturing and spot-on Groucho Marx impersonations.
In addition to harvesting their crops, the zen-minded farmers share their passion for sustainable living with the community at events and workshop that dish the ins and outs of organic farming. When the weather turns warm, the staffers shear wool from the resident sheep and alpacas, demonstrate crafts, and sell fiber-based arts. Meanwhile, beekeepers raid rows upon rows of hives for pure, organic honey.