Open Farm Days will take place on Aug. 15 and 16, with about 80 host farms across the province opening their doors to offer open houses, local food experiences, tours and an opportunity to buy Alberta-grown and produced products. Because of COVID-19, experiences are being adjusted as necessary, according to organizers. Visitors are asked to follow Open Farm Days on social media for up-to-date information.
"Alberta's Open Farm Days is truly a celebration of Alberta's bounty and those who create it. It is an opportunity for people to experience first-hand the innovations in agriculture and the care and stewardship these amazing farmers have to feed the world. Open Farm Days is also the perfect excuse to travel throughout Alberta's rural communities and experience the beautiful landscape and unique local culture that is Alberta. Although 2020 is a very unique time, the Open Farm Days hosts are ready to greet you and your family into a friendly and safe environment full of wonder and excitement you won't soon forget," said Tim Carson, CEO of Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies.
This year, new measures are being introduced to provide an even safer environment for visitors, with enhanced cleaning protocols, an online booking system and virtual tours that allow Albertans to experience Open Farm Days from the comfort of their home.
Due to event gathering restrictions and space limitations, Albertans who plan to visit a host farm are required to book their spot online ahead of time. Farmzy, an online platform created by past Open Farm Days participants and fifth generation Alberta farming brothers Matt and Graham Graff, aims to make real farm adventures easy, and is this year’s official online booking partner for Open Farm Days. Visitors can visit albertafarmdays.ca to browse this year’s offerings and book the experiences best-suited to them.
Do you fancy a tour of a winery near Sherwood Park? How about a dinner and farm tour at Prairie Garden in Sturgeon County? There's a drive-through honey market in Parkland County, berry picking near Innisfail and tours of the Northlands urban farm in Edmonton. Admission to farms is free, but there may be costs for some activities and many are cash only. It is recommended that visitors bring a cooler to store produce and other products.
Visit albertafarmdays.ca for more information.