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N.S. gears up for Open Farm Day

Forty farms in Nova Scotia will open their doors to the public during the province’s annual Open Farm Day on Sept. 23.

The day will be based on the theme of “Buy Local…Eat Fresh,” in keeping with the province’s new Select Nova Scotia campaign to encourage consumers to buy locally-grown or -raised products where available.

“Farmers feed us all, and this is a great opportunity to enjoy local produce and thank a farmer,” said provincial Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor in a release.

The provincial and federal agriculture departments, the Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee and Sobeys are supporting the event. A map and list of participating farms are available online and through Sobeys, Price Chopper and Foodland grocery stores.

(Note: One of the scheduled participants, West River Holsteins of Antigonish County, recently announced on the province’s web site that it won’t take part this year “due to current circumstances at the farm” but did not elaborate.)

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