Open Farm Day returning to the County
MADAWASKA, Maine — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry invites members of the community to come out to one of eight Aroostook County farms participating in the 30th anniversary of Maine Open Farm Day on Sunday, July 28.
This year, nearly 140 farms in Maine will open their fields to the public so they can learn where farm products originate — that’s the most in the previous 30 years, according to Anne Trenholm, Open Farm Day, and agricultural promotions coordinator for the Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry.
Open Farm Day is designed for all ages of the public to learn about agriculture and the business of farming while giving the community a chance to get out and visit their local farms.
According to the Open Farm Day website, many of the participating farms will put on demonstrations, show informative displays, sell farm-raised products, and provide animals and crops to experience all that Maine’s agricultural scene has to offer.
Some of the participating farms are:
— Aroostook Hops in Westfield: Maine-grown, certified organic hops for a variety of production scales from home brewers to Maine breweries
— Gallifreyan Farm in Linneus: Diversified farm, featuring fiber, an emu, and the Li’l Growers Kids learning program
— Hebert Farms in Cross Lake: A multi-generational produce farm.
— Precision Innovations in Presque Isle: Agricultural technology guiding area farmers in their quality aims for crop production management.
— Circle B Farms in Caribou: A robust Pick Your Own, and wholesale provider of cultivated blueberries, and produce, with farm tours.
— Doaks Maple Ridge Farm in Woodland: Diversified farm, specializing in their own preserves, lamb and syrup.
— Micmac Farms in Caribou: Known for farm-raised trout; also host a multi-farm festival on Open Farm Day.
— McElwain’s Strawberry Farm in Caribou: Multi-generational farm, featuring Pick Your Own produce.
“Aroostook county added more participating farms this year,” Trenholm said in an email. “The aim is to continue this growth, and introduce even more farms and businesses next year. Aroostook is an important place for Maine agriculture. The County is home to more than 300,000 acres of farmland, stewarded by nearly 770 farms.”
The event will be held rain or shine and guests are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring a cooler for purchases. The event is free to attend.
“This visit is a summer tradition, one day a year, and we hope visitors have a positive experience, and a better understanding of Maine agriculture, and the many ways we can support agriculture year-round,” she said.
For information, visit https://www.getrealmaine.com.