Pet a cow, play with the sheep and pick apples at the OPEN FARM DAY
On Sunday 19 September, you are invited to visit one of the more than 50 farms scattered around Denmark that participate in the Open Farm Day 2021 (Åbent Landbrug ). NEW: This year only with pre-booking. Find out more below.
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By Bente D. Knudsen Pictures: Åbent Landbrug
Experience the modern farm, see where milk, egg, and meat comes from and get answers to the many questions city dwellers might have about farming and farm produce.
Even if it has taken place since 1987, it still attracts many visitors every year. Last year there was no event but in past years more than 90,000 visitors spent a Sunday at a farm.
Most Danes probably do not know which part of the pig their flæskesteg comes from – which might account for the huge success of the Open Farm day.
”We are proud of our farms, the modern production and the high quality food we produce. This is why we want to invite Danes to visit our farms, to give them a good experience where they can learn how the food they buy is produced.
By opening our stable doors we hope to create a dialogue between the farming industry in the countryside and the towns’ people who buy our produce every day,” says Martin Merrild, Chairman of the Agriculture and Food Council.
Modern day farming in Denmark is a lot about technology and robots helping in the daily production, with fewer people working on the farm than in the past.
”Danes do not have the same close and familiar relationship to the profession as they did in the past. But they want to know where their food comes from.
Open Farm Day enables you to get close to production, the animals and the people behind, giving you a unique glimpse into modern food production,” says Jan Morre Christensen, project manager at Open Farm Day.
You can experience cows, calves, pigs, cattle, sheep, chicken as well as fruit and vegetable production when farmers all over the country open their doors from 10:00 to 16:00.
IMPORTANT: Due to the epidemic, in 2021 visitors must pre-book their visit. Find a link to their booking system here. Even if only in Danish, the site is easy to navigate. Put in the postal code of the town you are from and the system will suggest farms close to your home.
Everyone can book a free visit. Wear the right gear though – such as proper foot wear or even wellingtons, and remember not to bring your beloved friend – the dog.
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This year you can book two kinds of visit.
One where you join a small group and take a guided tour, the other option is to walk around on your own and in your own time, maybe the ideal option for families with young children.
Expect some of the farms closest to the big cities to be crowded as it is a popular event.
You can sort by type of farm production by choosing a box blow the map which gives you a range of choices.
If, for instance, you want to see a farm with fruit and vegetable production choose Gartneri.