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See Vermont agriculture up close during Open Farms Week

VERMONT — Following a successful first year, farmers across Vermont are once again opening their barn doors and garden gates to the public for a behind-the-scenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscape. Vermont Open Farm Week 2016 will be held Monday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 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.
The website DigInVT.com lists Open Farm Week on the following days at the following Addison County farms:
•  Aug. 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; The Willowell Foundation Farm, intersection of Stoney Meadow Lane and Bristol-Monkton Road in Monkton. toddler play time at the farm followed by a family style pick your own veggie opportunity.
•  Aug. 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Willowell Foundation Farm, All ages fun at the farm.
•  Aug. 19, 3 – 8 p.m. Kimball Brook Farm, 2263 Greenbush Road, North Ferrisburgh, Kimball Brook Farm invites you to come visit our farm during open farm week.
•  Aug. 19, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Lincoln Peak Vineyard & Winery, 142 River Road New Haven, open daily for wine tastings and picnics.
•  AUG. 19 4 – 8 p.m., Flatlander Farm, 2148 Route 17, Starksboro, Come meet the chickens, ducks and goats and learn about raising animals in our pasture based system.
•  Aug.  20, 5 – 9:30 p.m.,
Open Farm Week | Agricola Farm, 2674 Jersey St., Panton; Gourmet-style farm dinner, 5+ course, farm fresh plated meal served in our farm house. Call ahead for reservations.
•  Aug. 21, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Agricola Farm – Pranzi in Fattoria, free Farm Tour 11 – 11:30 a.m. (tour starts at 11 on time so please arrive few minutes early) followed by an Italian style farm lunch. Call ahead for reservations.
For listings of other Addison County farms taking part, visit www.DigInVT.com. 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 Farm?Based Education, NOFA?VT, and City Market.

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