Open Farm Day

Maine's Open Farm Day is a statewide event, started by Maine farmers and supporters in 1989. For more than 30 years, this premier agritourism event has been a way to raise awareness about farms and their importance to Maine. It is an opportunity to connect visitors to Maine farms so they may learn and see firsthand the care and effort to produce quality Maine farm products and ingredients year-round. Each site is different and offers visitors a chance to meet farmers and learn more about the role of farms across Maine.

Open Farm Day Dates - The fourth Sunday in July!

2024 Date: July 28, 2024
2025 Date: July 27, 2025

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About Open Farm Day

Save the date! July 28, 2024 is Open Farm Day.

We celebrate Maine agriculture year-round, and Open Farm Day is an extra special day to visit a farm and discover more ways to enjoy farm products year-round! Maine's Open Farm Day allows visitors to explore host farms throughout the state on the fourth Sunday in July, rain or shine. Please visit RealMaine.com to learn more about this special invitation to see Maine agriculture where it happens, get tips for a good visit, and find a list of participating farms.

Find a Participating Farm


For Host Farms

How to Sign Up - Due Annually on May 1

Sign up annually by May 1 to take full advantage of all the pre-event planning and promotional opportunities.

Farms that sign up after May 1 are still eligible to participate. However, they will be limited to the online listing only. Late sign-ups miss inclusion in the printed publication distributed across the state, the digital event itinerary and interactive map, and activity listing.

Open Farm Day happens the fourth Sunday in July. There is no fee for farms to sign up, but you must be an active Real Maine member to participate. There is no fee to become a member of Real Maine, a promotional program of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

The sign-up steps differ for those who currently have a Real Maine membership account, and those who do not.

Not sure if you have an account? Take a look - search for your farm on RealMaine.com

If you're already a member of Real Maine follow these steps. +

Current Member OFD Sign Up

Enter your email address and password for your Real Maine membership account then follow the instructions on the Open Farm Day sign-up form.

Alternatively, you can log into the Real Maine Member Portal and make other profile updates.

Instructions for signing up via the Member Portal:

  1. After login: Click the profile update linkScreenshot with arrow pointing to category of Farm and Business Features to opt into statewide promotional events
  2. Click edit my profile button
  3. A menu screen appears
  4. Select Farm and Business Features
  5. Scroll to EVENTS (use the image at the right, for example) 
  6. A blue box with a white check mark means you opt-in to the event
  7. Review the other menu areas (e.g., General Information, Online Listing Social Media). Refresh (add, remove, edit) information if needed.
  8. Save and submit! **

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If you need to create a Real Maine member account, follow these steps first. +

  1. Avoid a duplication - Double check to see if you're already listed on RealMaine.com
  2. Join Real Maine and sign up for Open Farm Day
  3. Add all the required information
  4. Submit your information
  5. You will receive a membership confirmation and approval (typically within one to three business days)
  6. After your membership approval, you may log into the Member Portal to make additional updates**

New member account and OFD sign up

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**Use the How-To Guide, watch the tutorials, or email Real Maine if you need help. 

Host Farm Resources

Current & potential participants: Receive emails and updates about Open Farm Day. Find more resources on the Department's agritourism webpage.

Webinars and Videos

  • Open Farm Day Sign Up How-To Video – Coming soon!
  • Open Farm Day Ideas – Peer Panel Webinar with Q and A Anticipated April, 2024

Planning Tips and Templates

Farmer-sourced Open Farm Day Ideas

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Signs - Promotional, Directional and Safety

Risk Management - Insurance, Safety, and Maine's Liability Statute

Important Dates - Annual Schedule and Deadlines

Month Items Due
January - May
May
May - July
  • Continue event planning and preparation
  • Add your info to the online event listings
  • Make the most of promotions - share on social media with #MaineOpenFarmDay
  • Finalize plans for your farm
  • Share your farm’s event feedback with organizers thoughts about Open Farm Day. (This is optional. Organizers use this to help plan future events.)
Fourth Sunday in July Open Farm Day!

Interested farm participants should email ACFOpenFarmDay@maine.gov or call (207) 287-7620 with questions.