The 2019 Rowan Arts & Ag celebration began in early April with the Tractors & Trains Festival at the North Carolina Transportation Museum, but that’s only the beginning!


Did you know that…

North Carolina has 50,218 farms?


What about…

Farming puts $84 billion into North Carolina’s economy each year?


Or maybe…

17% of North Carolina’s work force is comprised of farming related jobs?


It’s all true. Farming is a foundation of North Carolina, and in Rowan County we’re proud of our agricultural heritage. Agriculture is one of the things that makes Rowan County a true original, and over the years we’ve seen visitors to our agritourism attractions grow. We’re home to pick your own farms, roadside stands and farmer’s markets with fresh, in season fruits and vegetables along with jams, jellies and the like. You haven’t truly experienced Rowan County until you’ve eaten a basket of our fresh strawberries from Patterson Farms, visited our vineyards, done your produce shopping at the Salisbury/Rowan Farmers’ Market, attended China Grover Farmers Day or the Woodleaf Tomato Festival, the list goes on. Our farms and agritourism attractions have seasonal events and activities year-round, but we’re excited to show you just how special our agricultural roots are during Rowan Arts & Ag. 


Rowan Arts & Ag Events Focusing on Agriculture Include:

Salisbury/Rowan Farmers’ Market April 13 – mid September

Century Farms & Barns Bus Tour April 27

China Grove Farmer’s Market May 3 – September 27

Berries and Blooms at Patterson Farm Saturdays in May

Rowan County Farm Tour June 1 & 2

China Grove Farmers Day July 20

Woodleaf Tomato Festival August 17

Theater at the Farm October 26 & 27


If you want to get an insider look at Rowan County farms during Rowan Arts & Ag, be sure to attend the Rowan Arts & Ag Farm Tour on June 1 & 2. This self-guided tour of 15 farms throughout Rowan County, with artists demonstrating and showing their works will be sure to leave you with a true appreciation for the culture that makes Rowan County an original. For more information, visit their website.