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Switzerland Farms

Hi all,
My family is planning a trip to Switzerland in June 2019. My mom is interested in seeing some agricultural farms (vegetables, animals). I've been searching and mostly what I can find are cheese farms. Just want to ask the community there if there are any fruit/veg farms that conduct tours or open their fields for visiting?
Thanks!

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I’ve been to Switzerland several times and have observed many beautiful personal kitchen gardens as we’ve walked through towns. In the countryside I’ve mostly seen corn, broom corn and wheat fields. In June the fields may have just been planted, weather condition dependent. There are orchards in more temperant areas along some of the lakes but trees will just be finished blooming.

Since pastureland is relatively small you’ll see lots of cows but not a lot of large scale operations. Dairy farms predominate.

In cities there are sometimes grouped plots of land for families to grow vegetables for their own use. I like to compare these gardens to what’s growing in my own garden at home. Most gardens are beautiful and well tended.

Sorry I can’t help you directly with farm tours. Perhaps you could look for specialty lodging on a working family farm.

EDIT: If they are near Ballenberg I recommend the open air museum that features many styles of historic farms, gardens and animals.

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Ballenberg should certainly be on your list as part of spending time in the fabulous Jungfrau Region.

How many nights do you have in Switzerland and where else are you traveling?

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Thanks Mona and Laurel,
Ballenberg is definitely on my list. We are spending 2 weeks in Switzerland. It's our 2nd trip there hence we want to explore some of the not too common tourist places.

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In the canton of Valais there is a valley that runs from Martigny, northeast along the E62, up to the town of Sierre. The valley is full of fruit orchards at the bottom and vineyards going up the sides. It is quite beautiful as there are also quite a few castles along the way. I was there for a month and didn't see any proper tours offered but there are quite a number of fruit stands where you can stop, taste, and buy. I didn't meet a single farmer who spoke English and my French and German (the version of German in this small corner of Switzerland) isn't good enough to ask to be shown around but maybe someone in your group can converse? It's a very beautiful region of Switzerland that is somewhat overlooked by tourists.

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I would spend a night on a farm. You can choose one through https://www.myfarm.ch/en. Chances are that farmers inviting guests to stay are more likely to be able to speak English. At least you can check in advance.
Farm tours as such are not common at all, unless it's a museum, like Ballenberg.

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Aniol thank you for that link! I have not seen this option in Switzerland before. Now I need to plan another trip!

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Wonderful link and resource Aniol. Booking.com lists only 5 farm house lodging choices for all of Switzerland. Your link lists hundreds. Thank you!

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Hi all. I have been doing research for the last few days and I found what I was looking for! Vegetables tour in Murten!
Attaching the link here so that we can all benefit.

Tourism and Vegetables