MONTPELIER, Vt. – For the third consecutive year, farmers across Vermont will 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 will be held Monday, August 14, through Sunday, August 20, at dozens of farms in Vermont.

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 local farmers. Activities vary and may include milking cows and goats, harvesting vegetables, collecting eggs, tasting farm fresh food, scavenger hunts, hayrides, farm dinners, and live music.

Media members interested in arranging Open Farm Week visits this year can submit their media trip requests through the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. Overnight stays for journalists are possible in some locations.

Each Open Farm Week event is created by a farmer and focused on highlighting the unique character of the host farm. Below are some highlights for the 2017 schedule:

  • Pickle Making Workshop: Learn to make and preserve your own pickles from scratch. All materials will be provided. Participants will go home with seven jars of dill pickles. Saturday, August 19th at Crossmolina Farm, Corinth, Vermont.
  • Meet the Parris Hill Farm Alpacas: Learn all about the alpaca anatomy, husbandry, evolution, migration, history, fleece, and products. Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th at Parris Hill Farm, Brownsville, Vermont.
  • Junior Sugarmaker Learning and Quiz: Children and adults can sample maple syrup, walk the maple trail, visit the sugar house and learn how maple syrup is made. Earn a sugarmaker certificate after finding the answers to a 10-question quiz. Monday, August 14th at Sugarbush Maple & Cheese Farm, Woodstock, Vermont.

Open Farm Week Events will be posted on DigInVT.com starting in June and finalized by July. Many events will be free. Not all farms are open every day, so be sure to check in July for detailed scheduling information to help plan a visit. Everyone is invited to join the Open Farm Week conversation on social media using the hashtag #VTOpenFarm.

Open Farm Week is a collaborative statewide agritourism project presented by the University of Vermont Extension, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Vermont Farm to Plate Network, Vermont Fresh Network, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, Shelburne Farms and Farm-Based Education, NOFA-VT, and City Market.

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