21 August 2016 - by DigInVT - Staff

Vermont Open Farm Week August 15 - 21, 2016

Category: Events

Do you love local food and farms? Want to get to know your farmer better -- and to get a behind-the-scenes look into Vermont's vibrant working agricultural landscape? Mark your calendar for Vermont Open Farm Week: August 15-21, 2016 taking place at farms across Vermont! 

During Vermont Open Farm Week, you can meet the farmers, plants, and animals that bring your favorite high-quality Vermont products to your plate.  

What’s the greatest part about Open Farm Week? Every farm is unique!  Milk a cow and harvest a carrot at one farm, sit on a tractor and take in the smell of freshly cut hay at another. Find up-to-date lists of participating farms and search by location or product at DigInVT.com, your portal to Vermont's agriculture and culinary experiences.

With almost 90 farms hosting events during open farm week, there’s tons going on! With so much happening all around the state, it might seem overwhelming to plan out a fun week. To make it easier on you, we’ve created a list of events happening on each day of Open Farm Week!

KICK-OFF EVENT CHANGE: Due to a rainy forecast for Saturday, our original kick-off event at Champlain Orchards in Shoreham has been canceled. We are now kicking off Open Farm Week at the Vermont Farmers Food Center's Second Annual Summer Harvest Fest held at 251 West Street in Rutland on Sunday, August 14th from 3pm until 7pm. Meet members of the Open Farm Week team and celebrate the local food economy of Rutland County with a fun-packed evening of food, friends and festivities. Tickets are required and can be purchased here: http://www.vermontfarmersfoodcenter.org

Plan your Open Farm Week adventure by day:

Monday, August 15th

Tuesday, August 16th

Wednesday, August 17th

Thursday, August 18th

Friday, August 19th

Saturday, August 20th

Sunday, August 21st


  • When will the list of participating farms be ready?
  • What can I do at the farms?
    • The activities from farm to farm will vary. Some farms might have scavenger hunts or wagon rides. Others may have tours, pick-your-own crops, produce for purchase, or animals that you can meet. When you arrive at a farm, check in with a farm employee to see what will be offered during your visit. 
  • What should I wear, and what should I bring to the farm?
    • Weather in August can be unpredictable!  Dress in layers and wear close-toed shoes that can get muddy.  Bring along a water bottle, bug spray, rain gear, sunscreen and a camera!  You may also want to bring a cooler, in case there are items you’d like to purchase during your visit.
  • Will there be food at the farm?
    • Some farms will be serving food, but look at each farm’s listing to confirm what they are offering.

Are you a farmer participating in Open Farm Week? Try this page to find the information you are looking for - http://www.diginvt.com/blog/openfarmweekforfarmers/ 

We can’t wait to see you at Vermont Open Farm Week!