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“worthwhile even in the pouring rain...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Polyface Farms

Polyface Farms
43 Pure Meadows Ln, Swoope, VA 24479
(540) 885-3590
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Swoope
Type: Farms, Ranch & Farm
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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“worthwhile even in the pouring rain...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Having read "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and watched "Food Inc." and seen J.S. in various YouTube interviews, I was excited to visit this farm. I am also a member of a CSA farm in Upstate NY for 15 years, so to me PolyFace is a must-see destination.

We went fairly far out of way to visit. We were camping in the Shenandoah Park and heading to a workshop east of Charlottesville. The morning we left the park it was pouring rain at 7:00am and it continued to pour all the way there. I have admired this farm so much that I was expecting to see billboards advertising it from miles away, but in truth, it was not well marked.

When we arrived it was still torrential rain and visibility was limited. I would have loved to sit in a cafe and watch a webcam at that point. There were no official tours happening, so we wandered around on our own and admired the pigs, rabbits and roosters. They had just finished butchering chickens outdoors - it looks like it did in Food, Inc. My 19 y/o daughter thought it was "gross" but I really love the transparency factor and everything these people stand for.

Visited June 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A in-depth tour of an amazing farm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

A trip to Polyface Farms is an amazing experience.

This is a farm that has everything: cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, vegetables.

We took a tour with owner Joel Salatin, and while he is extremely opinionated about the big corporate farm culture, he is also extremely knowledgable about running a farm. And the way he runs Polyface is absolutely fantastic. Everything is recycled and all natural and the land is used to its fullest while maintaining the environment.

If you are able to get into one of the tours, you absolutely should.

Visited July 2013
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Lexington, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“great products”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Can't beat the down to earth knowledge when you order products from Polyface. And a Farm visit is a must!

Visited June 2013
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St. John
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“A side trip off the beaten path”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

If you want something a little different on your trip try the famous Polyface Farm. The trek to the farm is on country roads with twists and turns. Make sure to have a print out of direction as the phone reception is not the best there. We went via the way of route 252 and the trip was an easy one. I don't know if I would recommend going there when it is a very rainy day as the road does turn to gravel then dirt for the last mile of the trip and small cars may have trouble making the last part of the journey if the road turns to mush.
The kids will love seeing the chickens, rabbits, geese, pigs, cats and the big big dog. The dog is very friendly and loves a belly rub from anyone who would like to oblige. There is a small store that sells fresh frozen meats and fresh brown eggs. They have very helpful staff ready to answer all questions. They have T shirts and books the farm is famous for, for the offering.
You may leash your dog and take him for a walk around pond and the farm property and check out what projects they may be working on. Ask anyone your questions they are eager to help you learn. All in all it is a pleasant and different adventure for all ages. The meats are very tasty if you care to select some for your grill. Driving there is the best part. Plan on at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours for travel and seeing the animals if your coming from interstate 81.

Visited February 2013
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Staunton, Virginia
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16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Farm with a Purpose”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Most farm tours are a little hay ride to see the cows and chickens. When you go on a tour of PolyFace, Joel Salatin will give you a lesson in history, economics, politics and agriculture all rolled into an interesting and thought-provoking time.
If you think farming is dull, you have not been on this tour. Find a place that takes stewardship and animal/land interactivity to a whole new level.
You will be inspired.

Visited July 2012
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