After hosting a virtual Farm Aid in 2020, the Farm Aid food and music festival returns live at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford Connecticut on Saturday September 25. The daylong festival that showcases family farmers, the homegrown village, homegrown concessions and agrarian education is a critical annual fundraiser to support family farms. The event includes performances by Willie Nelson and Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night sweats, Tyler Childers, Betty LaVette, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, Particle Kid, Allison Russell and Ian Mellencamp.
Personally, Farm Aid is one of my favorite events. I attended the last show in Hartford in 2018 and am excited to attend this year. There are over 65,000 family farms in seven states in the Northeast (Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and New York). These family farms need our support in order to continue providing us with good food. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit the Homegrown Village to learn about issues that are pressing to family farmers and what they can do to help. They will also experience delicious food from a variety of homegrown concession stands located throughout the venue. The entire day is amazing and if you have never attended, I strongly encourage you to learn more about the event and support family farms at farmaid.org.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased through the usual outlets. Hope to see you there!