Visiting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are always at the top of the vacation "to-do" list in Baldwin County, but further inland, farmers are now competing for tourism dollars in a localized and growing industry called "agri-tourism."
Local farmers- many who have struggled through droughts, recessions, rising fuel prices and government restrictions- are opening up their farms to the public.
Several farms in South Baldwin County offer educational tours, demonstrations and hands-on adventures.
Many have opened store fronts and are selling the foods they grow and produce.
Steve Quantz is growing olives on his land near Foley. Quantz has 1,000 olive trees and will eventually offer tours and olive and olive-oil tasting sessions at his farm.
In Elberta- Doug Wolbert makes and sells his own cheese. Sweet Home Farm has a retail shop and is open on Fridays and Saturdays.
In Lillian, Hillcrest Farm and Nursery offers blueberry and grape picking and sells homemade jellies and jams and other fresh goodies.