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Open Farms Days breaks record for visitors and sales

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The latest edition of Open Farm Days broke records as visitors flocked to farms and ranches across the province to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of rural Alberta.

Newly released data shows there were close to 18,000 visits to the 92 farms and ranches hosting events and activities Aug. 20-21, while 26 culinary events offered farm-to-table experiences during the two days. On-farm sales totalled $134,280 — an increase of 35 per cent over the previous year’s event.

Open Farms Days aims to grow farm-to-fork tourism opportunities and support growth in the local food sectors. The event is put on by the province, Ag for Life, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Travel Alberta and participating farms, ranches and agricultural societies.

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