Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- For the first time, farms around the Midlands opened their barn doors so the public could get a closer look on how their food is grown.

"People are asking a lot more questions about where their food comes from," said Joe Jones with Doko Farm

Today consumers were able to get up close and personal with the food they eat.

"'Where does it come from? What are you putting on it? What are your methods,'" said Sharon Ray with CarolinaBay Farms. "And all of those questions are things that people can come out to your farm and ask and you can tell them pretty much face to face what they're eating."

Ray and James Helms run one of the new farms in town, Carolina Bay. And they tend everything from guinea hogs to quails.

"The quality of food you just cannot find any fresher, the level of care that Sharon and I take for the animals and the produce is not found on a commercial scale," said James Helms.

Down the way in Elgin, Joe Jones and his wife run Doko Farm. Where he likes his animals to have absolute free range.

"They really do have free access to eating insects and taking dustbaths and normal interactions that these birds would exhibit," Jones said."And not necessarily locked in a cage where they might have access to the outdoors for a short period of time."

Jones' animals are finding their way to local restaurants and earning a good name for his farm.

"On their bulletin board; we have Wil-Moore chicken tonight, we have Doko farm lamb. People are saying, 'Yeah I know them, they produce really good products,'" Jones said.

Although, restaurants and stores are selling these local farmers products, they're showing Midlands residents that getting fresh food is well within reach and affordable.

"Good healthy food should not be more expensive than a value meal. Getting people aware that there are better alternatives out there," Jones said.

The Midlands Farm Tour will continue on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For prices and a list of participating farms visit