The first national Open Farm Day will take place today, 19 July, with approximately 150 farms and agricultural companies opening their doors to visitors. This is the biggest event for the promotion of rural life and agriculture ever held in Estonia. The Minister of Rural Affairs, Urmas Kruuse, will open the day by blowing a shepherd’s horn.
During the day, people can visit companies from the largest Estonian dairy producer to a local cider factory, the best organic producers, several big and small animal and grain breeders, gardening farms, fruit and berry growers, herb growers, small processors and tourist farms. Commitment to Estonian food is the common denominator of all the participating companies.
“Local food production is such a big deal that everyone should know, how Estonian food grows,” said the Minister of Rural Affairs Urmas Kruuse. “The first nationwide Open Farm Day will hopefully be the beginning of a new tradition, which will make the road to the countryside more familiar to Estonian people. Also, every family could have a so-called personal farmer, from whom they could buy ham, honey, potatoes and much more.”
Every company that takes part in the Open Farm Day has its own programme, which can be viewed at www.avatudtalud.ee. The organisers kindly ask all Open Farm Day visitors to follow the instructions of the hosts.
Further information about the Open Farm Day will be published regularly on the event’s Facebook page, where visitors are also invited to upload their photos with the hashtag #avatudtalud.