Open Farm Day offers a glimpse behind the scenes at about a dozen farms in Granby, Connecticut: See the fields where your food grows and the facilities where milk turns into cheese. Watch a horse-training clinic and a sheep-shearing demonstration. Take a wagon ride, taste a new wine or the first apples of the season, try out spinning some wool, or take your photo on a tractor.
Experience the variety of agriculture in Granby, with stops that showcase veggie farms, horse farms, orchards, a landscape nursery, and a vineyard, plus a cattle farm and a dairy.
Catch exhibits, demonstrations, tastings, and tours of areas of the farms not usually open to the public. Special events are scheduled all day; there is truly something for everyone.
Holcomb Farm - holistic growing methods and tomato tasting! And host of the Granby Horse Council riding demonstrations, Granby 4-H project displays, and harvest and cooking demonstrations by the Institute of Sustainable Nutrition
Horse Central Stables - western riding and driving demonstrations
Maple View Farm - themed farm tours, riding demonstrations, met Jellybean the pony, hay bale throwing contest, barefoot books under the tree, Mapleview burgers and dogs for lunch
O'Brien Nurserymen - garden tour, hosta dividing demonstration, and a plant ID contest - with prizes!
Old Beech Farm - visit our cattle, tractor displays, and walk through the barns, pastures, gardens, and the hen house.
Schoolhouse Farm - spinning demonstrations from 10-2
Sepe Farm - sheep shearing and spinning demonstrations, and a kids' felting activity all day! (at Lost Acres Vineyard)
Sweet Pea Cheese at the House of Hayes - farm tours, meet the goats and cows, and sample out cheese, milk, and yogurt, and get lost in the corn maze
The Garlic Farm - John Deere tractor display, available for photo opportunities! Recipe handouts at the farm store while supplies last; farm tour, and growing your own garlic
Wilhelm Farm - farm and forest management tours; come learn about our management strategies and what conservation resources are available to landowners. Lunch is available for purchase (provided by Kane's market).
The Granby 4-H Clubs - animal exhibits, project displays, and small craft activities (located at Holcomb Farm)
The Granby Horse Council - learn about the different horse breeds, riding demonstrations, and horses for you to meet and pet
The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition -learn the "new old ways" of harvesting and preparing food and medicinal plants from your sustainable garden (at Holcomb Farm)
and the historic Granby Grange - vegetable judging, pediatric eye screening, and the chili cookoff (with chili available for purchase)
Don't forget to pick up your passport at your first stop and collect a stamp at each farm you visit. Or, save time and print your passport here! Turn in your passport at the last farm you visit to be entered in a drawing for these great prizes. Winners will be announced on the GranbyAg.org Facebook Page and notified by email.
One week's share of the Granby Sampler
Single Stamp Prizes
Maple View Farm gift certificate Hemlock Knoll gift certificate Horse Council T-shirt Briarwoods Farm PB&J gift basket 4-H lunch bag and water bottle
Sweet Pea Cheese gift certificate Lost Acres Vineyard wine tasting pair Garlic Farm decorative hanging garlic Old Beech Farm hamburger package
Sepe Farm gift certificate Lost Acres Orchard pies O'Brien Nurserymen 2-gallon hosta Sweet Pea Cheese gift certificate Wilhelm Farm preserves gift basket