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.
Ohio State Fair Land and Living Exhibit
July 29-Aug. 9
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building
Cost: Included in fair admission
The Ohio Farm Bureau Land and Living Exhibit is a destination for all Ohio State Fairgoers. The stage returns with a variety of acts. Try your hand "driving" a tractor or combine, using a simulator to virtually plant and harvest crops. The ever-popular dog exhibit will feature visiting dogs from local shelters and rescue groups where fairgoers can potentially meet their next pet. The building will be packed with interactive displays and exhibits. New this year will be the Canstruction display, a monster coloring mural, additional photo opportunities and additional interactive activities.
Kids Dream Day at the Antique Tractor Show
July 31 | No registration required
Noon to 8 p.m.
Hancock County Fairgrounds South Grandstands
Cost: $5 per person or $10 per family; Free for Farm Bureau members. Members must show their membership card for admittance. Special gift for all participants while supplies last.
Hancock County Farm Bureau is making kids’ (and adults’) dreams come true with its 2nd annual Kids Dream Day event. Participants will channel their "inner farmer" as they drive a new full- size tractor on the fairgrounds track and test their maneuverability skills on the farm equipment obstacle course.
For more information, email Hancock County Farm Bureau.
Richland County Farm to Plate
Aug. 1 and 22 | No registration required
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Shelby Farmers Market
Join local farmers and premier area chefs at the Shelby Farmers Market to maximize your seasonal and local food intake. Developed to connect the farm producer to the individual consumer, this cooking series will feature area chefs as they prepare seasonal meats and produce in a cooking show format. Additional activities for kids and special farmers market discounts and promotions will also be available at each event.
For more information, visit Farm to Plate on Facebook.
COSI Little Seeds, Big Tractors
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Farm Bureau members save $3 off admission
Climb into the cabs of tractors, combines and more. Check out huge farming equipment, see a baby chick hatch, “milk” COSI’s fiberglass cow and grow your own seed necklace. Farm Bureau members receive a $3 discount on general admission by bringing the coupon from the July/August Our Ohio magazine to the COSI ticket office during Farm Days, or by visiting cosi.org and using the codeGAE164. Plus, present your Farm Bureau membership card anytime during Farm Days to receive a $10 discount on a COSI family membership.
Aug. 13 | Reservations limited to 100; please reserve early.
Arrive 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Dinner served at 7 p.m.
Berry's Blooms, Medina
Season's Harvest is a gourmet dinner prepared from meats, vegetables, and other products (including wines paired with each course) grown on local farms in the Medina area. Chef John Kolar proudly presents each course and vintner Andy Troutman will explain each wine pairing. This year’s setting will be formal dining tables arranged in a field of sunflowers. Diners are encouraged to arrive early and watch the heads of the flowers adjust to the setting sun.
Registration: Contact Medina County Farm Bureau office at 866-658-7456.
Field to Fork--Cocktails and Conversations compliments of the Union County Farm Bureau
A series of Silent Auction Dinners are being offered for bid. Enjoy a meal for six presented by the Eat Local farmers and Farm Bureau at the following location:
Green-Tossey Farm Aug. 21 or 22.
Place your bid online to win.
Eat Local Union County is a division of the Union County Chamber of Commerce.
Taste of Summer
Aug. 22 | Aug. 7
5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
McFarlands’s Llama Farm, Mt.Vernon
Cost: $100 / person
Join Knox County Farm Bureau for a delightful evening spent on the McFarland’s three generation Llama Farm. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a social hour, walking tour of the McFarland’s operation, and delicious appetizers accompanied by local wine and craft beer. A local chef will prepare a four-course meal that will make your mouth water. There will be an auction of agriculture items and all proceeds from the event will go to the United Way of Knox County.
Registration: Contact Knox County Farm Bureau at 800-964-8184 or email.
Second Annual Flying Horse Farms--Grow it. Know it. Give it.
Aug. 22 | RSVP by Aug. 17
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Flying Horse Farms, Mt. Gilead
The event treats guests to chef prepared, locally sourced dinner at the camp. All proceeds help further the mission of Flying Horse Farms and provide operating expenses for the children’s vegetable garden.
Guests will enjoy a unique dining experience prepared by Chef Joseph Motter, Malabar Farm Restaurant chef and owner. Each of the seasonally inspired courses will be paired with a unique Ohio wine and served in the camp dining hall. This year’s menu includes a choice of smoked trout or pork risotto with seasonal vegetables and cinnamon cheesecake with local blueberries and candied bacon. Guests can also participate in camp tours.
Registration: Purchase tickets by contacting the Morrow County Farm Bureau at 800-327-6055.
Taste of Crawford
Aug. 27 | RSVP by Aug. 25
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Crawford County Fairgrounds, Bucyrus
Cost: Farm Bureau member: $10; Nonmember: $15
Enjoy a night of food, networking and conversation at the third annual A Taste of Crawford County. This event, sponsored by the Crawford County Farm Bureau, Cattlemen’s Association, local pork and dairy producers, and the Bucyrus and Galion Crestline Area Chambers of Commerce, will offer a unique opportunity for the community to gather with farmers, eat delicious, locally produced food, and talk about the role of local farmers in a variety of economies.
Registration: Tickets available at Bucyrus or Galion-Crestline Chambers of Commerce or call 800-327-6055.
Benefit in the Barn: A Symphony on the Farm in Delaware County
6 p.m. till dusk
Hardscrabble Farm, Delaware
Cost: Farm Bureau member: $20; Nonmember: $25
Performance and dinner included in ticket price • Cash Bar
Enjoy this celebration of agriculture and music on the farm while supporting an important cause—food insecurity in central Ohio. This one-night, special performance by the symphony promises unique musical arrangements, delicious food, Ohio beer and wine with proceeds benefitting hunger programs in Central Ohio.
City Barbeque will be on hand to serve up a picnic-style dinner with all the fixin’s beginning at 6 p.m. with music by the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra commencing at 7:30 p.m. and playing until dusk. Please bring your own lawn chair and a blanket.
Ticket Info: Call 800-327-6055 or visit facebook.com/delawarecountyfarmbureau Additional tickets available through Central Ohio Symphony.
Dinner on a Farm
Aug. 29 | RSVP by Aug. 14
5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
McDonald’s Greenhouse, Zanesville
Cost: $100 / person
Enjoy a locally produced and prepared meal at the McDonald’s Greenhouse and Corn Maze. Chef Bill Bird will introduce you to the farmers who raised the products and explain the preparation process of the four course meal. Local wine and craft beer will be served. There will be a tour of the McDonald’s operation. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Muskingum County Hunger Network.
Registration - Contact Muskingum County Farm Bureau at 800.964.8184 or via email.
BBQ Science Workshop
Sept. 5 | RSVP by Aug. 28
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Animal Science Building, Ohio State University, Columbus
$50 - Farm Bureau members only event
Just in time for Ohio State football tailgating season, join Delaware and Franklin County Farm Bureaus to learn from experts on the science of grilling, barbecuing and smoking meat. Ohio State professors will discuss the science behind barbecuing beef, pork and lamb. Find out why you smoke brisket. Do you cook lamb differently than a pork chop? How does heat affect flavor? Then take a turn at preparing, grilling and enjoying your own culinary barbecue creation.Space is limited to 40 participants and last year’s event sold out, so enroll today.
Registration: Contact Delaware County Farm Bureau at 800-327-6055 or visit facebook.com/delawarecountyfarmbureau
Sept. 10 | RSVP by Sept. 3
Guided tours begin at 6 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Chrisholm Farmstead, Trenton
COST: Farm Bureau members- $10; nonmembers- $20
Learn all about bees, the uses of honey products, and how to attract bees to your garden. Each attendee will receive a honey product, the book Fences and Farmsteads of Butler County, Ohio, and help to attract bees to their own garden. Co-sponsors are the Friends of Chrisholm Historic Farmstead and Metroparks of Butler County.
Registration: Contact Butler County Farm Bureau at 513-844-8371 or e-mail [email protected].
Huron County Farm Bureau Farm Tour
Sept. 12 | No registration required
Noon to 5 p.m.
Experience agriculture in Huron County on this drive-it-yourself farm tour. Visit several diverse farms in northeastern Huron County.
Cleveland Garlic Festival
Sept. 12 to13 | No registration required
Noon to 6 p.m.
Shaker Square, Cleveland
COST: $9; children $5
Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau is a sponsor of the Cleveland Garlic Festival. Funds from the festival allow North Union Farmers’ Market to operate markets weekly throughout the year in Greater Cleveland. With the help of 150 loyal farmers and producers, North Union Farmers Market will bring fresh, local, healthy food to more than 275,000+ customers this year. Attendees will enjoy garlic-themed food prepared by local chefs including everything from ice cream to oysters, an onsite celebrity chef Grill-Off, live music, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, taste and grow tents for children, and many more events and activities.
Farm City Day
Sept. 19 | No registration required
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Muskingum County Fairgrounds, Zanesville
Spill the beans about soybeans! Beans, beans, how important are they to the agriculture industry? Learn about the usage of soybeans for livestock feeds, human consumption, and by-products. There will be many informational displays, make and take crafts, a scavenger hunt, a petting zoo, storytime, antique farm equipment, a VIP soybean-bag toss and much more.
For more information: Contact Muskingum County Farm Bureau at 800.964.8184 or [email protected].
Farm City Days
Sept. 19 and 20 | No registration required
Noon to 4 p.m.
Stearns Homestead, Parma
Come to this family fun event, with food, music, farm animals, a combine simulator, SKWorm and more. Bring your Farm Bureau membership card to get free farm animal feed coupons at the event.
For more information: [email protected] or call 440-877-0706.
Farm Science Review Bus Trip with Lorain and Cuyahoga County Farm Bureaus
Sept. 23 | RSVP by Sept. 16
6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Farm Science Review, London
COST: Farm Bureau member- $20; nonmember-$40
Join fellow Farm Bureau members on a chartered bus trip to Farm Science Review. Tour hundreds of demonstrations areas and explore several million dollars worth of equipment. Garden displays, farm safety, home safety and health information, plus arts and crafts exhibits available. The fee includes charter bus transportation (pick up locations in Strongsville and Wellington) and admission. The tour will stop for dinner on the return trip at participant's own cost.
To register: 440-877-0706, or send email.
Hardin County ATV Tour
Sept. 26 | RSVP by Sept. 11
Upper Scioto Valley School, McGuffey
COST: Farm Bureau member: $10
Member only event
County Farm Bureau members will be taking an ATV tour through the western part of the county. While on the tour, make several stops at local farms to learn about different agriculture styles as well as learn about ATV safety and laws. Harding County Farm Bureau is partnering with Hardin County Soil and Water, OSU Extension, Nationwide, Ag Credit, and local FFA Chapters.
To register: 800-260-3499 or email.
Growing Success, Part 2 -Unlocking the Secrets in the Soil
Sept. 26 | RSVP by Sept. 18
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Stearns Homestead, Parma
Urban farming requires healthy soil just like traditional farming. Come learn from experts about soil health, how to read a soil test analysis, the value of cover crops and management systems for vegetable production.
Registration: Call 216-524-6580 ext 13 or 440-877-0706.
Lorain County Farm Bureau Fall Farm Tour
Sept. 26 | No registration required
Noon to 5 p.m.
Five farms throughout Lorain County
This free, drive-it-yourself fall farm tour features five different farms in Lorain County. Visit the Lorain County JVS to learn more about its horticulture program, Sacred Dreams full-service equine facility, Lettuce Heads Aquaponics and Farm to see kale, herbs, seasonal vegetables and fish, and Joyce and Mark Ziegler's custom calf operation and Ohio Grass-Fed Lamb farm. Various agriculturally related agencies will also be stationed at farms throughout the tour.
Celebrating 200 Years of Agriculture
Oct. 3 | No registration required
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tunis Farm, Zanesville
Join us to celebrate the past 200 years of agriculture in Muskingum County. All registered bicentennial farms and century farms will be recognized by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. There will be presentations about the first 100 years of Ohio agriculture, circuit riders, barn owls, How to start your family’s genealogy?, Bluebirds for Everyone, and many displays on the history of the area and how many of the agriculture organizations came about.
For more information: Contact Muskingum County Farm Bureau at 800.964.8184 or via email
‘Harvest for Hospice’ Farm to Plate
Oct. 11 | Register by Oct. 1
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rivercrest Farm, Dover
COST: $100. Only 120 tickets available. Seating is limited.
Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau is excited to partner with Ohio State University Extension for our first "Harvest for Hospice" Farm To Plate experience. Hosted at beautiful Rivercrest Farm, Chef Sherry Schie (Shy Cellars), Chef Matt Ridgeway (Hennis Care Center), Tom and Jen Ehlke (Pigs Next Door) and Dave Potts and Timmie Elliott (Applewood BBQ Catering) will be creating the delicious Farm To Plate meal. This unique event will raise funds for Community Hospice and increase awareness about how many locally grown foods we have readily accessible and the story behind them. Included in the event will be silent and live auctions. Come enjoy steak, chicken and ribs paired with the perfect wines and all of the delicious sides fall has to offer.
Registration: Tickets are available by contacting the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau office 888-265-2090 or email at [email protected]
‘Straight From the Heart’ A Women's Wellness Event
Oct. 24 | RSVP by Sept. 24
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Amish Theatre following
Union Hill Church and Carlisle Inn, Sugarcreek
COST: Farm Bureau member: $20; nonmember: $25
Join Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas County Farm Bureaus for an informative day of fun, learning and fellowship in the heart of Amish Country. Experts will share information on a variety of topics that matter most to women. The morning keynote speaker is Andrea Dobkin, RN, BSN, CCCC, nurse manager of Wheeling Hospital's Cardiac-Neurovascular Center. Dobkin is also a certified cardiovascular care coordinator. The lunch keynote speaker is Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French. The daughter of a school teacher, Justice French appreciates her Ohio roots and education, and is committed to being a part of civic education in Ohio. Learning sessions include: A Culinary Experience with Olive Oils and Vinegars; Damsel in Defense; Repurposed, Reused, Re-created and Repainted; Happy Feet; Thyme for Herbs; Tablescapes for the Holidays; Award Winning Cupcakes; Fit for Life; Backyard Chickens, Maple Syrup & Honey; Stop the Holiday Bulge; KOI Vitality - Supernatural Superfood Infused Skin Care; Starting Your Own Blog; Memory/Mental Health Support Systems, Ag Stats 101, A Game of Safety Jeopardy; Generation Gap and more.
The evening concludes at the Carlisle Inn with the new musical for 2015, "Josiah for President." When the impossible happens and an Amish man wins a write-in campaign for president, the whole country is in an uproar. A limited block of rooms is reserved at the Carlisle Inn and the Wallhouse Hotel for the event. Stay Friday night, Saturday night or both. Rooms are $159 per night (Two queen beds). Call the Carlisle Inn at 855-411-2275 or the Wallhouse Hotel at 330-852-6105 to make reservations.
Registration; For information contact: Carroll/Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau 888-265-2090 Harrison County Farm Bureau 740-945-0386 or Jefferson County Farm Bureau 740-266-6603.
Haunted Harvest Weekend
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 | Register by Oct. 15
The General Denver Hotel, Wilmington
COST: Farm Bureau member: $400/couple; nonmember: $450/couple
This all inclusive weekend of haunted fun and delicious local harvest food includes a two-night stay at The General Denver Hotel, meals featuring local foods throughout the weekend, farm tours, live music, and activities from canning and food preservation to touring local "haunts".
Registration: To make reservations, or for more information call 937.383.4141 or email [email protected].
Oct. 31 | No registration required.
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
David Warther Carvings, Sugarcreek
A formal dinner features locally produced meats, cheeses, side dishes and wine pairings. Diners will first be given a guided tour of the David Warther Museum displaying his intricately carved ivory ships. Following the tour, diners will be joined at their table by local farm families who produced the very foods the diners will be enjoying. Guests will be able to talk to the farmers and learn about their farms and the care given their animals and fields. Proceeds from the event will help to endow the Holmes County Farm Bureau/Larry Lang Memorial Scholarship assisting local students wishing to pursue advanced education in agricultural fields.
Registration: Holmes County Farm Bureau 330-263-7456 toll-free 866-658-7456 or via email.