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Vermont Open Farm Week Returns August 15‐21, Celebrates Local Food Origins

Vermont farms welcome the public into the field to dig into the local agricultural economy


Montpelier, Vt. – Following a successful first year, farmers across Vermont will once again open their barn doors and garden gates to the public for a behindthescenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscape. Vermont Open Farm Week 2016 will be held Monday, August 15 through Sunday, August 21.


Open Farm Week is a weeklong celebration of Vermont farms. Approximately 100 farms across the state will participate, many of which are not usually open to the public. Open Farm Week offers visitors access to learn more about local food origins, experience authentic agritourism and 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.


Open Farm Week helps Vermont reach its statewide Farm to Plate food system goals to increase farm profitability, local food availability, and consumption of Vermont food products.


Please visit www.DigInVT.com for a map of participating farms by region. Many events are free and costs vary depending on the activities offered. Not all farms are open every day during Open Farm Week, so be sure to check schedule information prior to arranging your visit.


Open Farm Week is a collaborative statewide agritourism project organized by members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network including Vermont Farm Tours, University of Vermont Extension, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Vermont Fresh Network, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, Shelburne Farms and FarmBased Education, NOFAVT, and City Market.


Vermont Open Farm Week is sponsored by the City Market/Onion River Coop and the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing.


Plan a visit at www.DiginVT.com. Join the conversation using #VTOpenFarm hashtag and follow at Facebook.com/DigInVT and @diginvt on Twitter and Instagram.