Albertans looking for a unique tourism experience will have the opportunity to visit farms and ranches during Alberta Open Farms Days, August 22 and 23.
Open Farm Days is a collaborative, open house event that spans the province and encourages Albertans to taste local foods direct from the producer and participate in a wide range of farming activities.
“Farms and ranches are a critical part of our province and our culture, and they supply many necessities of life. With Open Farm Days, these farms and ranches are able to showcase themselves as a new type of tourist destination. This is a fantastic way for Albertans to experience a side of Alberta they may not have seen up close.”
~ David Eggen, Minister of Culture and Tourism
“This is a great time of year for a rural adventure at our province’s farms, ranches and wineries. It is great to see those from our province’s urban centres venturing out to the countryside and learning more about the many different aspects of agricultural life.”
~ Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
“Ag for Life is committed to building an understanding and appreciation of agriculture and its role in our lives. Open Farm Days is a perfect way to highlight the diversity and beauty of the farms, ranches and rural communities in Alberta. We are happy to be working with the Government of Alberta again to help provide this wonderful event.”
~ Luree Williamson, CEO, Agriculture for Life
On Saturday, August 22, top local chefs will team up with producers to create unique and unforgettable farm-to-table culinary events using Alberta farm products. There is a range of costs to participate in culinary events.
On Sunday, August 23, farmers and ranchers are inviting visitors to stop in and experience what life is like in the countryside. More than 70 participating farms and ranches across Alberta will open their gates to the public for a wide variety of agricultural experiences.
Admission to farms is free, but there may be costs for some additional activities.
Edmonton Northlands’ will also participate for the first time, offering a tour of some rural farms as well as a display site for Open Farm Days on August 23 where visitors will learn how to harvest honey from a bee hive or how to use milk to create fresh cheese. The bus tour is free but registration is required.
For more information on the tours, farm activities as well as a full listing of culinary events and participating locations visit albertafarmdays.com.
Last year during Open Farm Days, there were 61 host farms, more than 7,000 farm visits, and over $40,000 in on-farm sales. This year, there will be 17 culinary events and more than 70 host farms that will provide an authentic rural Alberta experience.
The third annual Alberta Open Farms Days is a collaborative project presented by the Government of Alberta, Ag for Life, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Travel Alberta and participating farms, ranches and agricultural societies.