AUGUSTA, Maine — On Sunday, July 24, more than 112 farms throughout all 16 counties will open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture.
Maine Department of Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb said the annual Open Farm Day gives families and visitors the chance to experience life and work on Maine’s farms.
This is the 22nd year of celebrating Maine’s Open Farm Day.
“Farms around the state are committed and passionate about ensuring the sustainability of agriculture,” Whitcomb said. “Maine’s farming industry is giving back to their communities by providing a forum for education and learning in a fun atmosphere.”
Anne Lyons of the Maine Department of Agriculture said the 112 participating farms represent Maine’s diverse agricultural economy — everything from llamas to beef, produce to berries.
“This is a very diverse group,” she said. Lyons said the event builds on the growing trend of supporting local farms and buying local food.
“Open Farm Day gives people an opportunity to learn about their local farmers, find fresh food, and, often, see how life used to be,” she said.
Open Farm visiting hours are generally from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but some farms are extending their hours for special events such as milking.
Many farms will have demonstrations, displays and farm-raised products for sale, as well as animals and crops to experience. Activities include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails, scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments.
For a list of host farms, or for more information, call 287-3871 or go to www.getrealmaine.com.