COBLESKILL, N.Y. — The 9th Annual Family Farm Day (FFD) will return on Saturday, August 28, 2021. “Following the 2020 shutdown,” said David Cox, FFD Co-Coordinator, “we are back to the foreseeable farm-visit future. As rapid immunization rates continue to unfold, we anticipate the public will be ready for any number of outdoor experiences, FFD among the best known in the region. The public’s response in 2020 for local foods and farm products was phenomenal,” said Cox. “Even though farm visitation was greatly curtailed, local producers answered their customers’ calls through online sales, delivery options, CSA subscriptions, and farmers’ markets.”
Jim Barber, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Ag Implementation Specialist and FFD Co-Coordinator, said, “Producers are planning for 2021 to be another year of high demand for local food and farm products. One aspect of the COVID-19 shut down has been to increase public awareness of our food systems and increasing demand for locally produced food. Family Farm Day is all about building public awareness and producer clientele. We are hopeful many farmers once again will host the public on their farmsteads for FFD, if not during the season.”
If you are a farm in Schoharie, Otsego, or Delaware County, regardless of whether you participated in any previous year, CCE welcomes your participation. Registrations are being accepted through Friday, April 23, 2021. Information, including eligibility, registration, contacts, and agritourism resources are available online at www.familyfarmday.org. Farms that participated in previous years may register directly. Newcomers to FFD must contact your respective county coordinator to confirm eligibility. In Schoharie, contact David Cox at 518.234.4303 (x119), or email@example.com; in Delaware, contact Mariane Kiraly, 607.865.6531, or firstname.lastname@example.org; in Otsego, contact Jim Barber, 607.547.2536 (x227), or email@example.com.
FFD provides local farms and related businesses the opportunity to introduce current and new customers to diverse, high-quality products, generate farm-gate sales, build long-term customer bases, and share the ever-evolving farm ‘stories’ that keep the importance of agriculture in the public dialogue. “Our signature agritourism event will continue to thrive,” said Mariane Kiraly, Farm Business Specialist for CCE Delaware County and FFD Co-Coordinator. “The feedback from visitors and participating farms has been overwhelmingly positive over the years, so we are thrilled to be back this year. So, mark your calendars for August 28!”
Family Farm Day is an agritourism collaboration among CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties, CCE Delaware County, Delaware County Tourism, Destination Marketing Corporation – Otsego & Schoharie Co. Tourism, as well as local chambers of commerce, county Farm Bureaus, local farmers, and loyal sponsors.
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