Welcome to the 4th Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour!

September 19–20 and 26–27, 2020 | Northern Sauk and Richland Counties, WI

Two Autumn weekends to explore farm traditions. Area farms, rural artist studios, and rural businesses open their doors to welcome you. Experience farm living first hand! Occurring on the last two full weekends in September. 

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Announcing the 4th Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour

The Hill and Valley Exploration Tour: A celebration of rural living is a unique opportunity to explore the vibrant and resilient small farm economy of Northern Sauk and Richland Counties! Due to weather challenges we are moving the 4th Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour to the last two full weekends in September.

On the tour you can easily find local food and art producers, learn about the changing face of rural America, dine at a true Farm‐to‐Fork country eatery, find hidden gems, and visit a historic Folk Art site. Don’t forget to bring your cooler to hold all your farm fresh purchases, an extra sweater, and the mud boots; this is country fun — rain or shine!

Watch, Follow, and Join Us

Watch our website, follow our blog and facebook page, and join our email list for updates including special attractions and events at participating farms, artist studios, restaurants, and businesses!

Explore, Learn, and Buy Local; Come and Join the Fun!

Events Schedule

September Tour Events
September 19-20 and 26-27, 2020

Community Kickoff Event

Supported in Part by Compeer Financial
Friday, September 18, 2020, 5pm
Reedsburg City Park Band shell

 

Updated for 2020!

The Picturing Sauk County Trail

 Updated for the 2020 4th Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour!

Take the Hill & Valley Exploration Tour and find the Picturing Sauk County Trail of framed vistas along the way. These decorated metal frames are at various locations on the tour, providing opportunities for photos while enjoying the gorgeous landscape of Northern Sauk and Richland Counties. Make a memory!

This project, inspired by David Wells’ Farm Framed, is supported in part by a grant from the Sauk County UW-Extension, Arts & Culture Committee and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

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Colossal Hay Art Sculptures - New in 2020!

Two Local Farmers with lots of space, talent, and heavy equipment are installing large hay sculptures for your, and their, entertainment. These sculptures are available for your viewing enjoyment for the two weekends of the Hill and Valley Exploration Tour. Come as you are and make memories on the Hill and Valley Exploration Tour!

See our Google Map Colossal Hay Art Sculpture Layer for directions to the Farms!

About Knuth’s Narrow Creek Farm:
Isaac and Stephanie Knuth raise Herefords. They have 3 sons and also own a Concrete company. “We love Farming and living in the country!”

About Joe Meyer and Sons Dairy:
Joe Meyer and Sons is a 5th generation dairy farm dating back to 1918. We currently milk 400 Holstein cows in a double 12 parallel parlor, three times a day. Boer Goats, a hand full of chickens and the occasional pig can also be found on the farm. Our family looks forward to the arrival of fall and creating a new hay sculpture together.

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Tour Venues

Meet Your Local Professionals

Lisa Buttonow
Lisa Buttonow

Branding Iron Roadhouse Farm-to-Fork Eatery, Lime Ridge

Peter Kinsman
Peter Kinsman

Dandelion Ridge Farm, Lime Ridge

Mary Nachreiner and Rob Hare
Mary Nachreiner and Rob Hare

Mary’s Organic Farm, Plain

Don and Dorothy Harms
Don and Dorothy Harms

Valley Springs Bed and Breakfast and Dairy Farm, Reedsburg

David Wells, Director
David Wells, Director

Ernest Hupeden's Painted Forest, Valton

Family Ihde
Family Ihde

The Greener Grass Collective at Idaho Valley Farm, Reedsburg

Mel and Sandy Smith
Mel and Sandy Smith

Narrows Creek Garden, La Valle

Russell and Kathryn Preuss
Russell and Kathryn Preuss

Woodland Valley Farms Country Greenhouses, La Valle

Itsy Fearing and Patty Koenig
Itsy Fearing and Patty Koenig

Carr Valley Cheese, La Valle

Brad and Monica Kruse
Brad and Monica Kruse

Kruse Farms, Hillpoint

Dean and Vicky Baumgarten
Dean and Vicky Baumgarten

Narrows Creek Winery, Loganville

Julie, Steve and Clayton Proudy
Julie, Steve and Clayton Proudy

Vintage Camper Restoration, Cazenovia

Where It’s At

Rural Sauk and Richland Counties
South West Wisconsin

Get in Touch

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