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Farms open their doors and pastures to the public

Rural Vermont will host its second annual Raw Milk Open Farm Day on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. On this day, raw milk dairies all across the state will be open to the public for tours, tastings, and business. This is a free event, but bring some cash (and a cooler) because raw milk will be available for purchase at every stop.

Raw Milk Open Farm Day is a statewide celebration of the wholesome, delicious raw milk that will revitalize the micro-dairy in Vermont! At every farm, visitors will be welcomed with tours, raw milk samples, and old-fashioned friendly conversation. Each farm will offer a slightly different experience, with some of last year's highlights including wagon rides, a cider pressing demonstration, and live music, in addition to lots of homemade and wholesome goodies that naturally pair with milk. What better way to spend a leisurely September afternoon?

Participating farms span the state and include Green Mountain Girls in Northfield, Lathe Farm in Craftsbury, Trillium Hill Farm in Hinesburg, Milky Way Organic Farm in West Rutland, Franklin Farm in Guilford, Green Acres Milking Shorthorns in Randolph Center, and many more. A full list of participating farms and directions will be available Sept. 1 at www.ruralvermont.org or by calling 223-7222.

Whether you're a raw milk enthusiast in pursuit of home delivery, a curious pasteurized milk drinker, a parent looking for educational field trips, a healthcare professional seeking farmers for patient recommendations, or someone considering a family cow or raw milk business yourself, this is the event for you! Meet the farmers and animals producing some of the finest milk around and learn more about the new raw milk law and the increased opportunities it creates for Vermont.

The Unpasteurized (Raw) Milk law that went into effect on July 1 establishes some reasonable and basic standards, increases the quantity of raw milk that can be sold each day to 40 gallons, and allows for home delivery to prepaid customers. This law paves the way for the rebirth of the 10 and 12 cow dairies that dotted the Vermont landscape in the not-so-distant past, and is a huge victory for farmers and consumers alike.

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