Many farms throughout the state will have demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale or to sample, along with animals and crops. Activities include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails plus much more.
|The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry will be sponsoring the 28th Annual Open Farm Day that will be held on Sunday, July 23rd. This event has become an annual tradition in which farms throughout all 16 counties in Maine open their “barn doors” to the public. Open Farm Day gives the public a chance to visit local farms throughout the state. Attendees will learn about the process and commitment it takes to “work a farm”, seven days a week and sustain a business by raising a wide variety of livestock to growing vegetables and fruits, producing milk, eggs, cheese, fibers/clothing, etc. This is an opportunity to also learn about the importance of sustainability of local agriculture for the next generation of young farmers.
Here is a list of some of the local farms participating in Open Farm Day in the area: Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm - Open from 10 AM to 4 PM; Activities for the day include, tour of facility, meet the alpacas, plus more. Farm located at 141 Crosby Brook Road in Unity; Village Haven Farm, Livestock - Open from 10 AM to 3 PM; Visit the farm and meet the alpacas, mini horses, goats, chickens, and pigs. Farm located on 24 Cemetery Road in St. Albans; Treworgy Family Orchard - Open from 12 pm to 4 PM. Free hayrides and free petting zoo or pick your own blueberries. Farm located on 3876 Union Street in Levant; Ripley Farm, Diversified Organic - Open from 12 to 3 PM; Visit crop fields, cut flowers, pigs, and chickens. Farm located at 62 Merrills Mills Road in Dover-Foxcroft; Bag End Suri Alpacas of Maine, LLC - Open from 10 AM to 4 PM; Visit with the alpacas, see alpaca fiber turn to yarn demonstration. The farm is located on 226 Snakeroot Road in Pittsfield; Balfour Farm, Organic Dairy/Farmstead Creamery – Open from 10 AM to 3 PM; Off grid barn, goat and cow cheese samples, visit chickens, goats pigs, plus more. The farm is located at 461 Webb Road in Pittsfield; Blessed Maine Herb Farm, Organic Medicinal Herb - Open from 11 AM to 3 PM; Garden tours. The farm is located at 257 Chapman Ridge Road in Athens; Fire Fly Farm, Diversified Organic - Open from 11 AM to 3 PM; Outdoor pizza oven, farm tours, samples. The farm is located at 526 Dexter Road, St. Albans; and Sweet Dreams Farm, Lavender - Open from 10 AM to 5 PM. Lavender products, bird watching, trails etc. The farm is located at 408 Dexter Road in St. Albans.
For a complete list of Open Farm Day participants visit www.maine.gov/dacf/ard/market_promotion/open_farm_day.shtml or www.getrealmaine.com or for more information contact the farms directly.