Do you remember the country life? The early mornings getting up to milk the cow, or collect the eggs? Has the art of old time farming and ranching given in to new technology?
As a significant number of baby boomers and people who are old enough to retire, have long since left the farm to seek fame and fortune in the city and as technology advancements have made the life for the farmer easier, it seems that the country way of doing things is a thing of the past.
As more people travel and everyone is not just wanting a vacation but an adventure in steps in a new concept - Agri-tourism, where agriculture and tourism meet. Agri-tourism offers tremendous profit potential for Oklahoma farm and ranch families by providing an opportunity tourist to connect or even reconnect with their past.
Argi- tourism offers many things like: cooking, flower arranging, herbal medicine, candle making and pick-your-own fruit and vegetables. Popular children's activities include petting zoos, hay bale and corn mazes, horseback riding and hayrides and pumpkins patches.
Argi - tourism offers tourist the chance to experience life on the farm as well as items to buy like: farm-raised fruit and vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads, pastries, wine, apple cider and homemade ice cream.
Non-food items include such things as woodcarvings, basketry, pottery, quilts, fresh and dried flowers, pumpkins, corn shocks and decorative gourds, agri - tourism also provides opportunities for landowners to lease out their property for hunting, fishing or hiking.
Oklahoma has a rich agricultural history and a diverse agriculture economy ideal for developing a prosperous agri-tourism industry.
The Oklahoma departments of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Tourism and Wildlife Conservation think so highly of the potential of agri-tourism that they have joined forces to develop a new comprehensive agri-tourism program for Oklahoma.
According to Oklahoma Travel, Oklahoma has more than 500 events and destination with plenty to fill a weekend getaway or weeklong vacation. Agri - tourism allows tourist to sip, taste, relax and explore.