Open Farm Days 2016 Attracts Record Number of Host Farms and Ranches

More than 100 host sites have opened their gates and signed on for Open Farm Days 2016. With an enticing array of family fun activities, this year’s event, to be held Aug. 20 and 21, promises to be the best ever.

Open Farm Days 2016 AlbertaLocal chefs will team with Alberta producers to offer a tantalizing taste of Alberta at a memorable series of 23 culinary events over the two days of this year’s event. On Aug. 21, 94 farms, ranches and ag-tourism operators will welcome visitors to share in local stories, see on-farm demonstrations and buy locally grown and produced products as they experience rural Alberta first hand.

“Open Farm Days continues to be a big hit with thousands of Albertans, farms and ranches, producers and ag-tourism operators who take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience and celebrate rural Alberta. With so much to see and do, what better way to spend a weekend than visiting your rural neighbours?”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

“Alberta has some of the finest and most innovative producers and agriculture-based businesses in the world. Open Farm Days is a wonderful opportunity for our agriculture sector to showcase the great work they do to ensure safe, nutritious and delicious food reaches our tables every day. I hope Albertans will come out to experience our province’s food-production sector and meet some outstanding producers.”

Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

Now in its fourth year, Open Farm Days is a collaboration involving the Government of Alberta, Ag for Life, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Travel Alberta and participating host farms and ranches in support of Alberta’s agri-food and ag-tourism industries.

Participants will include:

  • Bison and cattle ranches
  • Stables and petting zoos
  • Guest ranches, bed and breakfasts
  • Organic operations
  • Alpaca, sheep, llama, goat, poultry farms
  • Honey, fruit, vegetable, grain and u-pick farms
  • Winery/meadery
  • Corn mazes

More information on Open Farm Days, including a full list of host farms and ranches, is available at