Farmers and ranchers from all over Alberta opened their doors this past weekend to Albertans and fellow travelers to experience what it is like being a part of the agriculture sector of Alberta.
The 6th Alberta Open Farm Days ran on August 18 and 19, with over 100 farms involved in the experience, invited rural and urban members of the Alberta community to experience, learn and grow.
"We had visitors to all three of our local hosts," explained Alison Roppel, local Alberta Open Farm Days coordinator for the Drumheller area. "The people that I ran into were certainly enjoying the afternoon. Despite the smoke, cold and nasty weather so it was a very good weekend."
The three local farms and/or ranches involved in the Drumheller area were the Morrin Corner Bison, the Kneehill County Farmers Market, and The Cloverleaf Colony Farming.
"Lots of people were coming out to see Cloverleaf Hutterite Colony. I think there were probably 85 people that visited there," Roppel said. "Also, the Morrin Corner Bison was extremely popular. They think they probably had about 150 people."
Events that took place on the farms and ranches ranged from tours to tastings as well as fruit picking and games fit for the whole family.
"Everybody just enjoyed the opportunity to see something that they haven't seen before," concluded Roppel. "And meet farmers, and meet ranchers and see how their food is raised. They enjoyed a day in the country."
Roppel is confident that the 7th Alberta Open Farm Days next year will continue to be a beaming success.