Now in its seventh year, Open Farm Days takes place across the province on August 17 and 18. The weekend showcases Alberta’s agriculture industry and growing rural tourism sector. Host farms open their gates to share their agricultural experiences with their urban neighbours and to help them understand where their food comes from.

New this year are bus tours and self-drive tours and an exclusive Open Farm Days craft beer available at participating breweries and restaurants.

Host farms and activities include traditional farms, livestock - bison, cattle, alpaca, sheep, llama, goat, poultry - farms and ranches, organic operations, corn mazes, wineries, meaderies, craft breweries, stables, petting zoos, along with honey, fruit, vegetable, grain and u-pick farms.

Many hosts will have on-farm sales of their products and produce, and many farms are cash-only. Bringing a cooler will help keep those recently purchased products fresh.

Culinary farm-to-fork events that highlight local ingredients continue to be popular. Go to Open Farm Day’s Culinary Events to purchase tickets, as some of those events have already sold out.

Farm admission is free, but there may be costs for some activities. Go to https://albertafarmdays.ca/ for a complete list of host locations and a handy route-planning tool to help chart a countryside course.

Nearly 82,000 people have participated in Open Farm Days since 2013, injecting close to $650,000 into the rural economy through on-farm sales. Since its launch, 484 Alberta farms have participated in Open Farm Days.