Open Farm Days will take place over six weeks this year and be an opportunity to bring friends and family together and explore the farms, farmers’ markets, and various locations across the region.
According to a release from Frontenac County, the events will offer opportunities to explore, engage, and learn more about farming and where our local food comes from. September 1 to October 15, 2023, was declared Open Farm Days 2023, by the County of Frontenac, City of Kingston, South Frontenac, Frontenac Islands, Central Frontenac, and North Frontenac to highlight the importance of agriculture in the region.
“Farms, chefs, and community organizations have created some exciting experiences to demonstrate to visitors the unique things their site offers. Visiting a farm offers a memorable opportunity to really connect with the food, the land, the farmers, and the chefs,” said Debbi Miller, Community Development Officer for Frontenac County.
Locations across Frontenac County and Kingston will welcome visitors to explore local agribusinesses and get an inside look. Each location is offering unique experiences including tours of fields, beekeeping, introduction to growing fruits and vegetables, demonstration on coffee roasting, harvesting hops, learning about animals, farm equipment, culinary tours, tastings, and experiences, according to the release.
There will be a combination of ticketed and drop-in events throughout the six weeks, Frontenac County noted. According to the release, ticketed experiences allow farmers and chefs to connect more closely to share the unique characteristics of their farm, or food with a more in-depth opportunity. The community events offer a chance to drop in and connect with agriculture in a less structured or self-guided manner.
The launch event for Open Farm Days will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, at the Frontenac Farmers Market, at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith, with speeches and an official ribbon cutting, farm-style. The Frontenac Farmers Market takes place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For the complete Open Farm Days 2023 listing or to purchase tickets visit www.OpenFarms.ca.