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Agritourism goes American

(article, Culinate staff)

In case you haven't booked a summer getaway yet, consider this: The farm-stay vacation, known as agriturismo in Italy — the place that pretty much invented it — has finally arrived Stateside.

As Kerry Newberry noted in a recent Culinate column, American and Canadian farms have been branching out beyond simple production into offering "farm experiences," which can include farm stays. (Newberry also profiled one particular farm-stay experience, on Leaping Lamb Farm, for the magazine Edible Portland earlier this year.)

USA Today recently published a round-up of farms offering '"rural and the New York Times also just ran a story profiling the U.S. farm-tourism movement. 

Trying to find a farm or ranch to visit near you? Check out the website Farm Stay U.S. Even if you don't spring for a bed-and-breakfast experience with roosters crowing in the morning, spending an afternoon at a U-pick berry farm still helps small farms make ends meet. So hit the hay already.