KENDUSKEAG, Maine (WABI) "We want people to experience agriculture here."
From the goats, to the blueberry picking, and the hay rides...today marks a tradition in Maine's agricultural history.
"For most farms and farmers this is an opportunity for people to get there, meet their farmers and see kind of behind the scenes."
It's all part of Open Farm Day which gives Mainers a chance to get to the heart of where their food comes from.
"More than 80 farms are opening their gates today and each one carries something unique but they all have one simple goal and that is to keep it local."
For the folks at Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant, this has been their mission since 1983.
And their gate doors have been wide open for this annual event for over 20 years.
"People really want to know where their food is coming from. They want to know the names of their farmers and so I think it's very important for them to be able to see the actual plants, to see the goats that are producing milk that make their cheese."
With over 8,000 farms in Maine, many are veteran farms who've been on the list since the beginning.
Others, are first timers. Like Wise Acres Farm in Kenduskeag.
This 40 acre farm has been up and running since 2012 and with the local food economy movement is growing, this is the perfect time to show folks how the food gets to their tables.
"It's also just a good way to show people everything that goes into it you know in order to grow that volume of food for our customers. You know we need a tractor. We need a processing area. We need a cooler. We need tunnels to protect things from the elements. There's a lot of infrastructure and equipment that we need to have in order to do it."
Even will the long hours, Hopkins says that seeing the reaction from customers makes it all worth it.
"It's fun to be able to have that conversation with people and we've seen kids grow up from being little babies to 5 year old kids at this point and know that they have been eating our food all along the way."