Each year, we open our pastures and barn doors for “Farm Day,” inviting folks from all over the country to see what we grow, and how we grow it. Of course, for farmers, nearly every day is ‘farm day.’ From time to time, however, we make special efforts to show off our work, answer questions, and make sure our customers have a genuine, transparent connection to their food.
We want our customers to feel like this is their farm, too. Farms that grow food for farmers markets are special places. They have a unique identity, and a story to share. By selling straight to the customer, your local farmer is asking you to get involved, to be engaged in the process. This is not anonymous, grocery store food. When you spend your dollars at the market, you are directly investing in that farm’s future success.
If your local farmer offers a farm tour, by all means, attend. Make it a family tradition. If they don’t offer a specific event, politely ask if you can make a special trip on your own. The only thing farmers like more than growing food is sharing their knowledge with someone who wants to learn. Get out there, and ask questions. Chances are, your farmer wants to learn as much about you, the customer, as you do about the food being grown for market.
Bring sensible footwear, a water bottle, and a fully-charged camera. You’ll be glad you came. Here is a virtual tour of a recent Farm Day at our farm. If you can, please come visit us!
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