Plainfield, VT — Ahead of Open Farm Week, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is partnering with local agencies to boost the economic impact of agritourism.

At Greenfield Highland Beef in Plainfield on Tuesday, Governor Phil Scott joined state legislators and administration officials to highlight the importance of agriculture to Vermont’s economy

“Giving farmers the resources they need will help keep more farms in business because local farms are the reason we’re able to enjoy fresh produce at our markets,” said Governor Scott.

Janet Steward, one of the owners of Greenfield Highland Beef explained the importance of sharing what her farm has to offer with the community. The farm has been selling beef for 20 years and is the oldest registered Highland fold in the U.S.

“There is a bonding that takes place between people and highlands that brings a real peace,” she said. “We are blessed with an exquisite view, we are blessed with one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen on earth, and we feel obligated to share those gifts.”

Secretary Anson Tebbetts of the Agency of Agriculture said Greenfield Highland’s agritourism efforts have a wider impact.

“This allows visitors to stay overnight,” he said. “This grows their business, but it also allows visitors to explore other parts of Vermont.”

Senator Robert Starr said Vermont is a small state with “a small table.

“But at that table, we have room for all farmers – agritourism farmers, beef farmers, vegetable farmers,” he said. “We have room for all of them.”

Greenfield Highland Beef will be participating in Open Farm Day on August 13 from 11 am to 2 pm.