There are over 2 million farms in Poland, and about 10 000 of them receive guests. The list of these farms can be obtained from regional agro-tourism associations.
Those people welcoming guests to their farms are passionate people who have abandoned the city life to live closer to nature. They are eager to tell you about the local attractions and very often will organise thematic excursions and rent out the necessary equipment. It might be rafting on the Biebrza River, and bird watching, or following the traces of the Łemko culture in Beskid Niski, or biking or cross-country skiing in the Suwałki region.
When choosing your agro-touristic lodging it is worth checking what their standards are. Places meeting the minimal standards are classified as category 1, and those in the highest standard, category 4, have a separate bathroom, cooking space and TV. Summer rental houses are a separate category. They usually have more than 3 bedrooms, fireplace, dining room and a kitchen. Sometimes they are also equipped with a sauna – or in the Mazury and Suwałki region – a hot tub.
The hosts usually offer meals, often prepared using ecological products. Bread baked in burdock leaves, milk straight from the cow, home made cheese, honey still with the scent of the forest, fried saffron milk caps, trout from the river. And for desert: a glass of liquor. Prices range from 40 zł to 140 zł for a double bedroom, and full board is from 20 zł to 60 zł per person.
Agro-tourist farms offer additional attractions: mini zoos (very often with exotic animals), playgrounds for the children and the opportunity to help around the farm (feeding hens, milking the cows). And for an extra fee (usually small) you can participate in thematic workshops: bee keeping, pottery, painting, sculpting.