ALSEA, Ore., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Farm Stay U.S. today named the top states for farm travel and tourism, finding that Pennsylvania, California and Vermont lead the nation in "haycation" destinations with the largest number of farm vacation listings in its FarmStayUS.com database.
The FarmStayUS.com searchable website has grown within a year to become the largest online source for farm vacations in the U.S., having expanded rapidly to 721 listings in all 50 states. That number has more than doubled since FarmStayUS.com launched in June 2010, and will continue to grow as farm tourism and interest in sustainable and local agriculture expands.
Farm Stay U.S. found that Pennsylvania, California and Vermont lead the nation in farm tourism: Pennsylvania has 73 farm and ranch stay listings; California 52 and Vermont 45.
Rounding out the top ten states are Wyoming at 42, Virginia 38, North Carolina 34, Montana 33, Colorado 31, Oregon 26 and New York 25. All farm and ranch stays are at http://www.farmstayus.com/map. Other state numbers are below.
"Farm vacations benefit both guests and hosts, providing needed income to small family farms and memorable, fun experiences for guests. Increasingly people are longing to eat and support the growing of truly fresh food and to teach their kids that eggs come from chickens not cartons," said (Ms.) Scottie Jones, an Alsea, Ore. farmer and Farm Stay U.S. founder.
"Our vision is to help restore America's family farm heritage," Jones said. "Call it a farm stay or haycation, agritourism is increasingly important to small farmers competing with industrial agriculture and increasingly important to city dwellers seeking an escape and connection to a grounded way of life."
State numbers are:
Alabama 6, Alaska 5, Arizona 13, Arkansas 7, California 52, Colorado 31, Connecticut 6, Delaware 1, Florida 12, Georgia 13, Hawaii 5, Idaho 12, Illinois 7, Indiana 4, Iowa 8, Kansas 7, Kentucky 12, Louisiana 4, Maine 15, Maryland 6, Massachusetts 17, Michigan 7, Minnesota 6, Mississippi 2, Missouri 10, Montana 33, Nebraska 19, Nevada 7, New Hampshire 6, New Jersey 3, New Mexico 5, New York 24, North Carolina 34, North Dakota 1, Ohio 10, Oklahoma 15, Oregon 26, Pennsylvania 73, Rhode Island 5, South Carolina 4, South Dakota 13, Tennessee 3, Texas 15, Utah 2, Vermont 45, Virginia 38, Washington 9, West Virginia 4, Wisconsin 17, Wyoming 42.
SOURCE Farm Stay U.S.