Before it became a popular catchphrase, Vermont farmers practiced "agritourism." At the intersection of agricultural and tourism activities, our farmers have opened their doors to the public, welcoming them to see what their land can produce. For years, curious visitors have been meeting Vermont's makers and gaining insight into their farming practices.
It is not just about buying local but being local. Agritourism promotes the relationship between the community, our farmers, and Vermont's majestic landscape. These occurrences have become increasingly popular in the last decade and morphed into more formalized undertakings.
Unique farm and food experiences include having dinner in a farmer's field using food sourced from its gardens, listening to a concert in a vineyard, gathering eggs and berries for breakfast during a farm stay, or even watching an outdoor ballet performance on a farm. Apart from participating in farming activities, there are agricultural fairs, field days, and cheese, wine, and brewer's festivals.
Image courtesy of Shelburne Farms
Our strong farming history in Vermont makes it an internationally recognized agritourism destination. So much so that the International Workshop on Agritourism will be held in Burlington from August 30-September 1st.