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Maine Open Farm Day - Sunday, July 21

July 16, 2013
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Maine farms will open their gates to the public this Sunday

AUGUSTA – Visit select Maine Farms this Sunday, July 21. All across the State of Maine, close to one hundred farms will open their gates to the public for a family adventure. Held each year, Open Farm Day is an opportunity for consumers to learn about Maine and Maine food producers.

“Events like Open Farm Day help bring attention to all our farms have to offer,” Maine Governor Paul R. LePage said. “Not only do our farms provide fresh food, but they strengthen communities as well. Maine farms maximize the potential of our natural resource-based economy and provide jobs and economic prosperity to Maine people.”

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb urged families to take advantage of this unique event. “All across Maine you can visit dozens of small farms; farms with vegetable stands and market gardens; farms with hay rides and home bakeries; farms with sheep, cows, horses, rabbits, pigs or chickens; farms and farm owners who want to show you a fascinating cross section of life growing out in the Maine countryside. The Department is pleased to help organize this family oriented event that encourages better understanding of how food happens and how hard working Maine farm families contribute to both the local economy and the locally grown food supply.” said Whitcomb.

Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout the State of Maine open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. Many farms will have demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale and animals and crops to experience. Activities may include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments.

A list of participating farms is available at: http://www.getrealmaine.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/calendar.detail/event_id/186/index.htm

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