FarmstayThere’s been a push in recent years to get closer to our food. “Eat local” has segued from gimmicky buzz phrase to familiar mantra, and thanks to the efforts of writers, chefs, farmers, and other visionaries around the world, today’s consumers are far more knowledgeable than they’ve ever been about the origins of their food.

It’s no surprise, then, that the tourism industry has caught on to this newfound awareness. Agritourism, sometimes referred to as a farmstay, provides visitors with an opportunity to spend their next vacation on a real, working farm. For rates comparable to a typical B&B or inn, visitors receive room, board, and, often, hands-on demonstrations of activities specific to their farm. At a dairy farm, for example, you may learn how to make cheese or milk a goat. At a berry farm, you might spend a leisurely afternoon picking blueberries and enjoying them later that evening in a delicious dessert that you helped bring to fruition (pardon the pun).

Hundreds of farms across the US offer a farmstay option, so there’s something for everyone–from an active family with young childrenZero Whirl 24 Red to a retiree who’s long overdue for a relaxing weekend. Whether you choose to rise with the sun and help with chores or spend your visit at your own pace, there’s never a shortage of things to do, see, and learn during a farmstay.

Find a farm close to you at farmstayus.com.

Packing for a farmstay, however, offers its own unique set of challenges. Rugged conditions, bulky clothing, and puddles of dubious origin can all wreak havoc on luggage that’s not up to the task. Zero Halliburton, a brand synonymous with toughness, passes the “farm test” with flying colors.

In addition to being highly impact-resistant, Zero Whirl’s hard polycarbonate exterior can be wiped clean with a simple solution of water and dish soap. And speaking of colors, it comes in four lovely shades, making it “the fun one” in the Zero Halliburton family. Four spinner wheels make it easy to maneuver over smooth surfaces, but comfortable top- and side-carry handles enable you to carry it when the going gets tough. Its lined interior is stain-resistant and features tie-down straps, so its contents stay organized no matter what.

If you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty while you get a few new experiences under your belt, a farmstay might just be the perfect choice for your next vacation. But if you prefer to slow down, relax, and enjoy the scenery (or a good book), then a farmstay might also be the perfect choice. Imagine that! No matter how you spend it, a Zero Halliburton Zero Whirl suitcase is right at home down on the farm.

 

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  • Nathan R.

    You’re an excellent writer, I hope your dry wit isn’t lost on readers (or your boss). Thanks for spicing up what would otherwise be some very dull subject matter.