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It’s no surprise that Maine has fantastic agricultural attractions – the state is home to generations of family farmers and a culture that has valued farm-to-table long before the term had even been coined. In Maine, roadside farm stands and weekly farmers markets are a beloved staple of everyday life. It’s not uncommon to still find unmanned cash boxes, dependent on the honor system. Other agricultural attractions have long been favorites of the state, as well, and included the following:
- Smiling Hill Farm is owned and operated by a 12th generation family and visitors are always welcome. Free and open to the public, you can help with farm chores, feed and pet the animals, buy the farm’s fresh produce and cheese from the market or just stroll around, enjoying life on the farm. Little has changed since the 1700s and you can see the pride the Knight family has in their farm.
- Pineland Farmsin New Gloucester is situated on 5,000 acres of farmland and offers a number of family programs designed to educate and inspire guests. There are daily farm activities, like milking cows, collecting eggs or brushing a bunny. They also offer seasonal workshops throughout the year to learn how to make butter or ice cream, salsa or dilly beans and maple sugaring.
- The Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment is another wonderful place to learn about Maine farming. Located in Freeport, the center is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk and they offer inexpensive educational programs for the whole family. Children can help with farm chores, go on a goat hike, or see how they tend and milk their herd of cows and sample Stonyfield Farm’s yogurt made from the milk. There are birding walks and a program where you harvest your own breakfast ingredients, which are then prepared by the farm chef.
Maine has a rich history of caring for the land and the animals that live off it and seeing it in action is an experience of a lifetime.