The Our Ohio Grow and Know series offers a number of tours, dining events, how-to seminars and learning activities focused on Ohio farms and food.
Grow and Know events vary across the state, but all provide opportunities for the community to engage in conversations about food and agriculture.
Guests can experience the sights, tastes and sounds of Ohio agriculture as the events are held on local orchards, barns, pastures, wineries and more. As a Farm Bureau member benefit, many of the events are free or offered at reduced rates to members.
Check out the list of upcoming events below or view the complete event details on the calendar of events at the bottom of the page. If there’s not an event scheduled near you, consider inviting friends or family members to join you in attending a Grow and Know event while exploring an area of the state you’ve never visited.
We hope you’ll join us at a Grow and Know event soon.
Camp Meigs BBQ Bootcamp and Burnoff
May 2; 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and May 3; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Burnoff Competition – RSVP by April 1
Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Dover
Cost: Free admission; People's Choice BBQ Competition tasting participation – $10
Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau is partnering with OSU Extension for its second annual BBQ Bootcamp and Burnoff. The festivities begin Friday with a chance to meet the BBQ teams and interact with a variety of BBQ-related vendors. Both days include music, family fun activities and a corn hole tournament, plus raffles to win BBQ equipment. The Bootcamp kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday, offering BBQ educational sessions. Food and BBQ retail vendors will be available all day.
Don’t miss the April 1 early entry deadline to sign up a BBQ team. The first 24 teams are guaranteed to compete. Burnoff categories are chicken, pork, pork ribs and beef brisket. See the event website or call the office for the official rules. More than $4,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to competitors. Money raised at the event will benefit Community Hospice.
Registration: Visit www.campmeigsbbq.org for more information, official rules, competition entry fees, to register a BBQ Team or Corn Hole Team, or to be a judge.
For information, contact Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau at 330-339-7211.
Strawberry Picking, Wine Tasting and Artisan Cheese Sampling
May 22 | Register by May 19
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mitchell's Berries, Plain City
Cost: Farm Bureau member: $18; nonmember: $20
Join Union County Farm Bureau at Mitchell's Berries to sample Ohio wines, cheese and berries. Enjoy great Ohio products on the farm.
Registration: Contact Union County Farm Bureau at 1-800-451-8908 or email@example.com. Visit union.ofbf.org or mitchellsberries.com for more details.
Brunch with a Farmer
May 31 | Register by May 27
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Lorain County Community College Spitzer Center, Elyria
Lorain County Farm Bureau is partnering with local Nationwide agents, Lorain County Community College, Second Harvest Food Bank and others to present its first annual Brunch with a Farmer. Enjoy this unique dining experience where farmers will be seated at your table to answer your questions about agriculture. The organizations also are collecting non-perishable food donations for Second Harvest Food Bank.
Registration: Contact Lorain County Farm Bureau at 440-877-0706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cuyahoga County Farm and Garden Day
June 7 | No registration required
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Garfield Heights Metroparks Reservation
Agriculture touches our lives every single day. At Farm and Garden Day, an outdoor event at the Garfield Heights Metroparks Reservation, sample the fresh taste of hand-churned butter, see how it feels to sit atop a tractor and visit farm animals. Engage with the Cuyahoga Farm Bureau youth group and experience the "What Grows in Ohio" paint mural and take home a "What Grows in Ohio" coloring book.
For information, contact Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau at 440-877-0706 or email@example.com.
Breakfast on the Farm
June 7 | Register by May 30
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Kramer Homestead, Plain City
You are invited to a breakfast on the farm at the Kramer Homestead (Yutzy’s Farm Market). Talk to local farmers and learn more about how food is produced. Enjoy made-to-order omelets while dining under a tent in the pasture. After milking Bessie the cow, guests can see and interact with many farm animals. Kids can participate in a fun scavenger hunt to learn more about animals and how to grow grain crops. Breakfast is free but requires advanced registration.
Registration: Contact Franklin County Farm Bureau at 800-451-8908 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pork Chop BBQ
June 7 | Register by May 31
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Riecker Building, McConnelsville
Cost: Farm Bureau member: free; nonmember: $5
Enjoy a delicious Pork Chop BBQ prepared by Morgan County Farm Bureau board members and farmers while guest experts speak on how they monitor the area’s bodies of water and how to be safe around water.
Registration: Contact Morgan County Farm Bureau at 800-964-8184 or email@example.com.
Spice Up Your Life
June 10 | Register by June 6
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Butler County OSU Extension office, Hamilton
Cost: Farm Bureau member: $5; nonmember: $10
Butler County Farm Bureau is partnering with OSU Extension, Butler County to present Spice Up Your Life, preserving and cooking with herbs. Join speaker Terri Chatfield, family and consumer sciences program assistant, and sample herb-roasted chicken and potatoes, plus learn a fresh take on coleslaw.
Registration: Contact Butler County Farm Bureau at 513-844-8371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Family Farm Connections
June 14 | Register by June 6
Registration begins 10 a.m.
Lake Park, Coshocton
Enjoy a day meeting and catching up with other young farm families in the area. Spend the day visiting farms, enjoying a catered lunch and relaxing at the lake and water park. Camping options are available as well.
Registration: Contact Coshocton County Farm Bureau at 1-800-964-8184 or email@example.com.
Strawberries 101 – From propagation to jam making
June 21 | Register by June 18
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Stevens Gardens, Monclova
Learn the ins and outs of strawberry production from second-generation producers at Stevens Gardens in Monclova. They will discuss what is needed to start your own strawberry patch, care and maintenance of your plants, and what to do with your crop. Visitors also will learn about and participate in the art of strawberry jam making in the Garden’s onsite cabin. A tour of the gardens, greenhouse and business are also included.
Registration: Contact Lucas County Farm Bureau at 419-849-2128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Downtown on the Farm” at the Clinton County Farmers’ Market
June 21 | No registration required
8:30 a.m. to noon
Clinton County Farmers’ Market, Wilmington
Cost: Free event. Starter Kits – Farm Bureau members: $3; nonmembers: $5
Drive your tractor to the Farmers Market at the "Downtown on the Farm" event. Everyone is invited to this fun and family friendly day featuring a tractor drive-in, a petting zoo and agricultural business displays. Join the General Denver Hotel for a cooking demonstration as part of its Lamb Jam. Clinton County Farm Bureau is sponsoring Starter Kits, provided by the market, which include the fresh products needed to get started with the demonstration’s featured recipes. Vote for your favorite tractor by bringing a canned or fresh food donation. All donations go to the Clinton County homeless shelter.
For more information, contact 937-382-2737 or visit clintoncountyfarmersmarket.com.
The Lamb Jam
June 21 | Register by June 7
The General Denver Hotel, Wilmington
Cost: Full weekend (one person): $250, (couple) $305; nonmember: Full weekend: (one person) $290, (couple) $360
Come and enjoy a fun-filled weekend, celebrating local food, craft beers and wine and musical entertainment at the General Denver Hotel. Start out Saturday with a delicious farm-fresh breakfast, featuring local foods from the Clinton County Farmers’ Market. Browse the market for local foods from around Clinton County and beyond and take part in the market’s Downtown on the Farm weekend. Don’t miss the local farm tour shuttle that visits Clinton County farms, including Taylor's Tunis, That Guy's Family Farm and Branstrator Farm.
Following the farm tour, the Lamb Jam main event will begin at 7 p.m., with demonstrations of different lamb preparations, along with fresh local produce and cheese. These delicious dishes will be paired with local craft beers and Ohio wines.
Registration: Contact the General Denver Hotel at 937-383-4141 or email@example.com. Visit www.generaldenver.com for more information. Payment required at time of reservation. Single night packages and day-only reservations also available.
Summit's Plow to Chow
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Boughton Farm, Akron
Cost: $100 per person, $700 per table of 8
Summit County Farm Bureau invites you to Summit’s Plow to Chow, an exquisite outdoor dining experience at Boughton Farm, a vegetable farm located in the county. Guests will have the chance to talk to Ohio farmers and learn more about the local food that will be featured. All proceeds benefit Akron’s Ronald McDonald House.
For more information, contact Summit County Farm Bureau at 1-800-654-5158 or firstname.lastname@example.org.