From August 14-20, 2017 farmers across Vermont will once again open their barn doors and garden gates to welcome the public for a behind-the-scenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscapes. Vermont Open Farm Week 2017 features 102 events at almost 50 farms across the state and the schedule can be found at DigInVT.com.
Open Farm Week is a celebration of Vermont farms offering visitors a backstage pass to learn more about local food origins, authentic agritourism experiences, and the chance to build relationships with farmers. Activities vary and include opportunities to milk cows and goats, harvest vegetables, learn to make pickles, go on a scavenger hunt, enjoy an on-farm dinner with live music and more.
Each Open Farm Week event is created by a farmer and focused on highlighting the unique character of the host farm. Below are a few highlights of the 2017 schedule:
Breakfast for Dinner at Silloway Maple Farm: It’s breakfast for dinner. Join Silloway Maple sugarmakers for a pancake supper in their Randolph sugarhouse.
Shat Acres Farm Visit: Picnic with the majestic Highland cattle of Greenfield Highland Beef.
Cheesemaking with Rebop Farm: Take a tour of the milking parlor and bring fresh milk to the kitchen to learn the art of raw-milk cheesemaking.
Photo credit: Highland cows at Greenfield Highland Beef in Plainfield, Vermont