By Pam Burek
The Granby Agricultural Commission is sponsoring a free Open Farm Day on Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be demonstrations, tours, or other activities with the farmer onsite and ready to answer any questions you may have. Highlights include a Hay Bale Toss with prizes for men’s, women’s and children’s winners at Maple View Farm. The Granby Pony Club will offer pony rides for a small fee at Lost Acres Vineyard and more. You can find the complete schedule of events at GranbyAg.org, the commission’s web site.
Here’s how it works: beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 12, start at any one of the participating farms and grab your passport. Spend the day visiting any or all of the open farms and learn where your food comes from, how animals are cared for and trained, and how plants are grown. Collect a new stamp in your passport at each farm you visit!
At the last farm you visit, turn in your passport and be entered in a drawing for prizes donated by participating farms and businesses. Visitors who collect 6 or more stamps will be entered into a special drawing for a basket of bounty from Granby’s farms.
Among the participating farms are Maple View Farm, a mixed livestock farm with pigs, cows, horses and more; Lost Acres Orchard, an apple orchard and bakery with tractor rides; O’Brien Nurserymen, well known in the region for its extensive hosta collection and acres of inspiring landscaped paths; Sweet Pea Cheese, a fifth-generation dairy featuring goats and cows with a cheese-making operation that produces award winning chevre; School House farm with alpacas, pigs and more; and Lost Acres Vineyard.
“Our local farms are such an important part of the Granby community, and we want to share this special part of our town. Open Farm Day gives people a chance to interact with Granby’s farmers and have fun doing it,” said Michelle Niedermeyer, chair of the Agricultural Commission. The Agricultural Commission is the committee responsible for advising town boards on the impact to agriculture of any proposed regulations or issues that arise. The commission is also charged with furthering the connection between Granby’s farmers and consumers, which prompted the Open Farm Day event. Admission to Open Farm Day is free. Visit www.GranbyAg.org for more information on Open Farm Day.