Vermont Open Farm Week under way for fifth year

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Vermont Open Farm Week under way for fifth year

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 9:28am -- tim

Farms welcome the public to dig into Vermont’s agricultural economy August 9th-15th

Vermont Business Magazine For the fifth consecutive year, farmers across Vermont are once again opening 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 2019 will run from Friday, Aug. 9 through Thursday, Aug. 15, and feature over 72 events at over 40 farms across the state. Events are live and sorted by day and location on DigInVT.com.

Governor Phil Scott joined the crew at Green Mountain Girls Farm in Northfield to help them prepare for the week-long event.

“Farming is such an important part of Vermont’s economy, our communities and our agricultural traditions and culture,” said Governor Phil Scott. “For five years, Open Farm Week has offered the opportunity to see all Vermont farms have to offer, meet with our proud farming families and learn more about the incredible work they do. Everyone should take advantage of the great events happening throughout the state.”

Open Farm Week is a celebration of the diversity of Vermont’s agricultural community and the many unique farm experiences meant to educate and entertain. It is an opportunity for everyone, Vermonters and visitors, to get outdoors and get a behind-the-scenes look at where our food comes from.  

“Agriculture has long been the backbone of Vermont’s economy,” says Jake Claro, director of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. “Vermont Open Farm Week and other agritourism events like it not only helps to sustain Vermont’s agriculture economy by bringing customers directly to the farms but also gives visitors from Vermont and around the world an opportunity to meet and connect with the farmers, animals, and plants behind their favorite Vermont foods.”

Activities vary and include chances to milk cows and goats, harvest vegetables, learn to make cheese, take behind -the-scenes farm tours, and enjoy delicious meals together! 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 for the 2019 schedule:   

Green Mountain Girls Farm: Enjoy an on-farm concert by Scrag Mountain Music to kick off Open Farm Week Friday, August 9th as they honor universal interconnectedness as well as reciprocity between farmers and eaters, artists and audiences. Stop by later in the week for farm tours, pick-your-own herbs, and more hosted the ladies at Green Mountain Girls Farm.

Snug Valley Farm  Visit Snug Valley Farm for an evening pasture walk with the Nottermanns followed by a burger night at Snug Valley Farm in conjunction with Kingdom Farm & Food Days in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.  Sat. Aug. 10, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., East Hardwick.

Homestead Hops and Norris Sugarworks: Stop in and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you take a walk through the trellised two-acre hop yard and take in the sights and smells of these majestic plants. Hogback Mountain Brewing, Hired Hand Brewing Co., Foam Brewers, and Lawson's Finest Liquids will be serving beer truly crafted with local ingredients. Thurs., Aug. 15, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Starksboro.

Many events are free and some require pre-registration. Not all farms are open every day, so be sure to visit DigInVT.com to explore the diverse event schedule and plan a visit. Everyone is invited to join the Open Farm Week conversation on social media using the hashtag #VTOpenFarm and to enter the Rooted in Vermont Open Farm Week giveaway by sharing the Vermont Open Farm Post at www.facebook.com/rootedinvermont and www.instagram.com/rootedinvermont.

About Open Farm Week

Open Farm Week is a collaborative statewide agritourism project organized by members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network including City Market, DigInVT.com, Shelburne Farms and Farm‐Based Education, NOFA‐VT, University of Vermont Extension, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Vermont Fresh Network, and the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. DigInVT.com is an online agritourism platform, run by a partnership of local nonprofit organizations, and virtual home to Open Farm Week.

Vermont Open Farm Week is made possible by the generous support of its Premiere Sponsor, City Market/Onion River Coop and Media Sponsor, Front Porch Forum.

Source: August 9, 2019 – Montpelier, VT – VAAFM. For more information, visit the Open Farm Week media page