Blog | September 20, 2019

What you need to know for Farm Aid 2019

by Jessica Kurn

The excitement is growing here at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. We’re putting the final touches on the HOMEGROWN Village and the HOMEGROWN Concessions® and starting sound checks on the stage. If you won’t be here with us tomorrow for Farm Aid 2019, you can still be a part of the excitement!

Here are ways to join from home:

Step-by-step guide to a stellar Farm Aid festival


Get all the day’s details with the Farm Aid 2019 app: Download the Farm Aid 2019 app for iPhone and Android to create your personal schedule for the day; find out where you’re going with the festival map; check out the HOMEGROWN food and drink offerings; explore the hands-on activities in the HOMEGROWN Village; and learn about our Farmer Heroes.

Get your hands dirty: With dozens of exhibitors, the HOMEGROWN Village is where you can celebrate and engage in the culture of agriculture. Find hands-on food and farm activities, art projects and games. Bring seeds for our seed swap, learn the difference between traditional sauerkraut, kimchi and other types of brining techniques, and learn how to mill your own flour at home!

Meet a Farmer: We’re here to celebrate family farmers and they’re all around you at Farm Aid 2019! Look for people wearing the pass marked “Farmer,” enjoy their food at HOMEGROWN Concessions®, and hear from them on the FarmYard stage.

Hear from the experts: Head to the FarmYard stage, in the HOMEGROWN Village, to hear farmers and artists discuss issues and share inspiring stories showcasing food and farming in the region and across the country. Topics include Native American agriculture; climate change and agriculture; how food and farming deepen our connections to each other; and how stress impacts family farmers.

Eat HOMEGROWN: We’re proud to offer family farm food throughout the venue. Our HOMEGROWN Concessions® will serve food that’s sustainably produced by family farmers who received a fair price for their product. Menu items will showcase Wisconsin and the region’s outstanding farms with items like: organic fermented sauerkraut on brats, portobello mushroom sandwiches, and pretzels and cookies made with flour from local farms using regenerative methods.

Make Soil: We’re passionate about composting and recycling and all of our packaging and utensils can go right into the compost bin. Compost Crusaders will haul serviceware and food scraps to create compost that will sustain soil and future crops.

Wear the mission on your T-shirt: Take home a Farm Aid t-shirt, hoodie, or farmers market tote made with organic cotton (which all make their debut in our online store today) and show off your farm fresh style.

Chat with a volunteer: Hundreds of folks donate their time to pitch in and create an incredible Farm Aid experience for all festivalgoers. Our team in the volunteer t-shirts are ready to help out in any way!

Reach out to your neighbors: Music and food bring people together. Whether you’re in line for a Patchwork Family Farms pork chop, spreading your blanket on the lawn, or swapping seeds in the HOMEGROWN Village, strike up a conversation and make some new friends.

Eat some crunchy apples at the HOMEGROWN Youthmarket: It’s a farm stand run by young people who care about agriculture. This year they’ll be selling local apples, cider and their own baked goods. The youth organizations include FFA, The Grange, Teens Grow Greens and Neu-Life.

Support the mission: We can’t do our work without you! Make a donation at one of our donation booths (or right here online) and show family farmers you stand with them. And, give $75 or more to get the official Farm Aid 2019 logo shirt made with organic cotton!

Bring food to donate: We’re partnering with Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee’s free and local food bank, to run a food drive during Farm Aid 2019. Please bring a jar (or multiple jars) of peanut butter to donate. Collection sites will be set up at the venue’s entrances.

Have fun and spread the word: Tell your friends and family about your Farm Aid experience by posting about #farmaid2019 and your #Road2FarmAid on social media.

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Give $100 or more to get the official Farm Aid 2024 logo shirt made with organic cotton!

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