Open Book Farm Celebrates Organic Certification with Tour and Farmstand

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Hear their story on their transition to Certified Organic vegetable production.

On June 10th from 9-12:30, Open Book Farm, a diversified livestock and vegetable farm, will be hosting a celebratory farm tour and farmstand in order to share the story of their transition to certified Organic vegetable production. The tour and farmstand will be held at their farm at 6600 Roy Shafer Rd, in Middletown. There will be an optional potluck picnic lunch after the tour.

The tour will include all aspects of this highly diverse farm: from the chick brooder, to the “range coops” (mobile greenhouses for the meat chickens), to the space-intensive greenhouse vegetable production. Open Book Farm was founded on the principle of transparency in farming practices, and the farmers welcome visitors to walk their fields. As vegetable grower MK Barnet says, “The labels in a grocery store can be confusing--”free range,” “all natural,” “certified organic,” and many more. We want our farm to be an open book, where customers feel confident that our labels have real-world meaning, because they have seen it for themselves.”

Open Book Farm was started six years ago by Andrew and Mary Kathryn Barnet on rented land in Myersville. In 2015 they purchased their farm in Middletown, and began the process of converting the conventional cropland into organic pastures and veggies. In addition to organic produce, the Barnets annually raise 6,000 pastured meat chickens, approximately 200 laying hens, 20 hogs, 150 Thanksgiving turkeys, and a small herd of 100% grass-fed beef. All of their products are available for sale at their farm.

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