As family operations find that survival requires more than just selling crops, they're cashing in where the corporate giants can't by giving a the public a chance to share the experience and flavour of small farm life.
Across the nation, small farms are selling products such as jam, olive oil and lemonade. And they're writing books, hosting dinners and renting rooms.
Statistics show such practices are growing. According to the most recent data, small farms generated $10 billion in 2007 from activities other than crop or livestock wholesale — an increase of nearly 80 per cent from 2002.