New and returning local farms to participate in Open Farm Day Sunday

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Open Farm Day is Sunday, July 22. Area farms will offer tours, demonstrations, samples and other fun activities for the family to learn about farming practices. These youth were seen picking raspberries at Berry Fruit Farm on the Crash Road in Livermore last year. (File photo)

REGION – This year, several new farms will be participating in Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 22. Some with a long history of participation will again be open to the public, including some not listed with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout all 16 counties in Maine open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture.

Returning farms not listed include Morrison Hill Orchard in Farmington, Berry Fruit Farm in Livermore and Whitehill Farm in Wilton.

At Morrison Hill Orchard there will be pick-your-own blueberries and raspberries. Refreshments will be served.

Open Farm Day is Sunday, July 22. Area farms will offer tours, demonstrations, samples and other fun activities for the family to learn about farming practices. These emu chicks at Birds of A Feather Emu Farm in Farmington were popular last year. (File photo)

Berry Fruit Farm will have raspberries and cherries to pick. Each visitor will receive a free donut from the bakery.

Amy LeBlanc at Whitehill Farm said she will be available for tours and chats. The garden shop will be open.

Rob Boothby, Boothby’s Orchard and Farm Winery in Livermore, said they have added an extra event that afternoon. At 4 p.m., David Mallett will perform at the orchard. His career spans four decades. He wrote Garden Song, whose first lines include “Inch by inch, row by row.”

Children under six may attend the concert for free. Students and adults can purchase advance tickets. Tickets will also be sold at the door. Ticket information is available on the farm’s website or by calling. See their listing below.

LoveGrown Hemp Farm, 578 Industry Road, Farmington, will be first year participatants in Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 22.  While at the Farmington Farmers’ Market last Saturdya from left customer Deb Burke talks with farm managers Erica and Jack Haywood. (Pam Harnden/Franklin Journal) 

Hummingbird Farm in Turner has been an OFD participant in previous years. After a few years away, they are again taking part.

Farms participating for the first time this year are Rockin Sheep Farm in Livermore Falls, Roebucks Angus in Turner, Dreamin Fahm in Wilton and LoveGrown Hemp in Farmington.

Erica Haywood is the manager at LoveGrown Hemp. She has invited several vendors from the Saturday Farmington Farmers’ Market to set up a pop-up market that day at the farm.

“We’ll be giving guided tours, discuss our edible flowers, explain our research and the varieties of hemp we’re growing,” she said.

Androscoggin County farms:

Berry Fruit Farm

Joel & Melissa Gilbert

361 Crash Rd., Livermore

897-4767

Apples, peaches, pears, plums, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins, winter squash, and summer vegetables are raised. Raspberries and cherries will be in season and available for U-Pick. The bakery offer free donuts. Many other locally made products can be found in the farm store.

OFD Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Website: www.berryfruitfarm.com

Boothby’s Orchard and Farm Winery

(207) 754-3500

366 Boothby Rd., Livermore

Scenic wagon ride tours of the 7 generation farm down through the fields & pondside lower orchard every 15 minutes, Hereford beef cows to visit with, wine tastings at the farmstand, Stone Fox Creamery Ice Cream truck, activities on the hour and more! At 10 a.m. there will be a hay stacking activity in the cow barn. 11 a.m. grape pruning demonstration in the vineyard. 12 p.m. apple pruning demonstration in the upper orchard. 1 and 2 p.m. agricultural history walking tours of farm including corn patch, hayfield, vineyard, mums, barns and winery. At 4 p.m. hosting singer/songwriter David Mallett as a capstone to Open Farm Day in the event barn! Tickets available on our website.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Website: http://www.boothbysorchard.com

Double Z Land and Livestock

225-3579

518 Upper St., Turner

Double Z raises grass-fed beef and lamb and makes wood-fired pizza. In the pastures are Devon-Angus cattle and Katahdin-Dorper lambs grazing alongside the ewes and a llama named Trinity who protects the flock. The Belgian Horses keep an eye on things in the barn while the chickens go about their work. The centerpiece of Double Z is the ZZ Mercantile. It’s a great place to pick up your favorite cut of beef, lamb, and chicken. Fireworks Pizza for sale. Come by, visit the animals, and enjoy some homemade wood-fired pizza in a beautiful pastoral setting.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Website: https://zzlandandlivestock.com

Hummingbird Farm

(207) 224-8220

202 Bean St, Turner

Hummingbird Farm is the largest producer of clematis in Northern New England and sells these perennial flowering vines all over the United States. At 1 p.m., join the talk on Choosing the Clematis That’s Right for You.” Bring your camera and your questions. Stroll in the display garden, sit under our clematis-covered arbor and browse our amazing selection of clematis. Light refreshments available.”

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Website: https://www.hummingbirdfarm.net

Nezinscot Farm

225-3231

284 Turner Center Rd., Turner

Nezinscot Farm has partnered with our COOP, Organic Valley, to bring visitors an educational farm visit that they will never forget! Sunday, July 22d Open Farm Day Organic Valley Info Booth: 9 a.m – 4 p.m Organic Valley Products to Sample Guided & Self-Guided Farm Tours: Pick up Farm Maps at info booth Guided Herb Walk: 10 a.m with Robin Rocket Guided Farm Walk: 3 p.m with Gloria Varney Cheese Demonstrations & Cheese Sampling: After 10 a.m Cafe Specials 1. House-made, handcrafted burger, blended with seasonal fresh herbs 2. Organic Valley steamed all-beef hot dogs 3. Yogurt and fresh blueberries, house granola and maple syrup. 4. Farm Pizza featuring cheese from our farm as well as Organic Valley cheeses

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Website: http://www.nezinscotfarm.com

Ricker Hill Orchards

225-5552

11 Ricker Hill Rd., Turner

Ricker Hill Orchards grows apples, cranberries, blueberries, grapes and other miscellaneous crops and make maple syrup. Making sweet cider started in the 1970s and in 2014 added hard cider and wine. PYO blueberries, apples and grapes. Farm stand and tasting room for sweet and hard cider. Produce IPM and Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. Tours of cider mill and packing facility.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Website: https://www.rickerhill.com

Rockin Sheep Farm

233-0779

64 Record Rd, Livermore Falls

First year

Step back into time and watch a blacksmith work on a coal forge, pet the lambs and sheep, learn about chickens, and pet the cow and calf. The farmstore will be open selling sheep and lamb pelts, fleece, wool products, blacksmith products, art, and books.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Website: https://rockinsheepfarm.com

Roebucks Angus

754-1558

783 Upper St., Turner

First year

We will share what goes into raising quality beef and give you an opportunity to taste! Also we will have grilled burgers for sale along with Angus beef products!

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Roebucks-Angus-1101369763242548

Franklin County farms:

Black Acres Farm

491-5443

123 Black Rd, Wilton

Farm tours will include hay rides through a rotational grazing operation, sap House and Sugar Bush Tours. Farm product tasting (Honey, Syrup, Beef and Pork). Grass fed beef operation. Ability to purchase all products at on site farm store. Come join the fun and experience a real Maine working farm. Bring the kids to check out baby animals and heavy equipment.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackacresbeef

Birds of a Feather Emu Farm

171 Savage Road, Farmington

207-212-2679

This farm specializes in poultry, broilers, turkey, ducks and laying hens. Its main goal is to introduce Emu farming within the state of Maine. Samples of Emu burgers will be available. Visit the display of various Emu bi-products. See how the broilers are raised in the chicken tractors “and see how healthy they are.”

OFD Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Website: http://www.birdsofafeatheremufarm.com

Dreamin™ Fahm, LLC

645-7042

1244 Main St, Wilton

First year

Tour of Farm Questions and answers Products for sale

7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Website: http://www.dreaminfahm.com

LoveGrown Hemp

778-1181

578 Industry Rd., Farmington

First year

Tours of production areas as well as products for sale at the farm stand. Owners will be on site to answer questions about hemp research and agricultural practices.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Website: https://lovegrownhemp.com

Morrison Hill Orchard

272 Morrison Hill Rd, Farmington

778-4945

Refreshments will be offered at the 5 acre, picturesque, family run orchard.

OFD Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Website: www.morrisonhillorchard.com

Whitehill Farm

357 McCrillis Corner Road, East Wilton

778-2685

Tour and chat with owner Amy LeBlanc. The garden shop will be open.

OFD Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Website: www.whitehillfarm.com

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