Get back to basics with authentic farm experiences – from hands on interaction to tasting locally grown produce, these places will have you savouring the simple life.
Sometimes the simplest things can be some of the most enjoyable! These down to earth experiences will get you in touch with the local side of travel – having you eating local flavours and enjoying off the beaten path experiences that will get you in touch with life in rural Ontario. Interacting with donkeys, horseback riding through the region, tasting fresh produce and apple picking is just some of the ways to get out and enjoy the outdoors and reconnect with where our produce and goods come from. If you ate today, thank a farmer!
Located in historic Lyndhurst, Ontario, you will find this off-grid farm experience! While the farm features a small produce garden, elderberry crops, chickens and turkeys, the main event is their herd of donkeys that you can have a meet and greet with. For just $10/person ($5 for kids under 4), you can get the chance to interact with their donkeys – brush them, pet them, get a donkey hug and even take selfies with them (for which they love to strike a pose!) – all while learning all about what it takes to raise and care for donkeys. The farm also sells some preserved goods and sensitive skin care products made with donkey milk.
For more information visit www.berryhomesteadfarm.com
Field View Farms can be found just outside of Gananoque down Highway 2 on Haig Road. In the Fall, this is the place to be for fresh picked pumpkins and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch! Visitors are welcome to wander into the patch to find their own perfect pumpkin for decoration on Thanksgiving, carving it up for Halloween or to use in baking. The patch itself also offers the perfect photo op for a cute autumn picture of the family!
For more information visit Field View Farms on Facebook.
Fort Garry Stables can be found a short drive outside of Gananoque along Highway 2, in the lovely countryside of the 1000 Islands area. For those interested in touring the 1000 Islands region in a less conventional style, the stable offers public guided trail rides for all levels and experience of riders. These small groups are private and by appointment only, but allow you the chance to saddle up and see the rugged, rural landscape of the Frontenac Arch from a new perspective.
For more information visit Fort Garry Stables on Facebook.
The Gananoque hub for 1000 Islands locally grown produce and baked goods, the Gananoque Farmers Market takes place every Thursday in the summer months to showcase vendors and producers from around the area. The market gets you access to fresh produce, handmade preserves and baked goods, floral arrangements and fresh baked breads. It’s sure to get your mouth watering!
For more information, visit www.gananoquefarmersmarket.ca
Hidden Meadows Alpacas can be found out in Seeley’s Bay, Ontario and is home to their herd of 29 alpacas. The farm produces a variety of alpaca wool yarns and visitors are welcomed to come and visit with the herd, match the yarns to the animals they come from and have the opportunity to feed and take a photo with them, all at no charge! The farm is wheelchair accessible, and they are able to accommodate different groups and needs. They also have a collection of yarns, hand knit mittens, Ecuadorean handwoven scarves and blankets – all made with alpaca wool – available for purchase in person and online (www.thepacashack.com)!
For more information, visit www.hiddenmeadowsalpacas.com
One of everyone’s favourite ways to enjoy fall is to get out and enjoy some apple picking; Moon Valley Farms is the perfect spot to find all your favourite varieties in a pick-your-own format! Located in Eglin, Ontario, this apple orchard features a variety of pre-picked or self-picked apples, and fresh apple cider. The perfect activity on a crisp, autumn day!
For more information, visit Moon Valley Farms on Facebook.
Locavores shop here! Occupying a historic school house built in the 1800s in Lyndhurst, Wendy’s Country Market is lovingly stocked with fresh food from within a 100 mile radius from Kingston, Brockville, Gananoque and Rideau Lakes. Open year round, the market is always filled with seasonal goodies from over 70 local farmers and artisans; fresh fruits and veggies, dairy and eggs, meat and poultry, as well as baked goods and grocery items (including gluten free options!). Wendy’s is a must stop shop for local flavours!
For more information, visit www.wendyscountrymarket.com