- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Agritourism is providing opportunities across North Carolina for a variety of activities, from going through pumpkin patches to navigating corn mazes.

N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says that with nearly 700 agritourism farms across the state, people aren’t far from a farm outing.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers an online directory for individuals looking for agritourism experiences. The directory is organized by county with listings by category for types of farm operations, seasonal products and activities offered. Families can find farm activities down the street, or plan a trip to a different region of the state.

During the fall, many farms offer pumpkin patches and pick-your-own apples, as well as hayrides, crop mazes and farm-to-table dinners.

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