Finding your way to the barn door has never been easier. It’s as simple as jumping in the car with the Durham Farm Fresh map and your off. Signposts mark the trail on route but usually you will see the bright, red farm roof or painted wood barns before that!
Because farmers harvest a cornucopia of different fruits and vegetables this time of year, they celebrate everything from Bacon, Brussel Sprouts and Brews. In addition, on event weekends, you will find Gates Open that welcome you to working farms and a chance to meet friendly people and learn of their deep agricultural roots. Each one is unique and passionate about being land stewards!
Cathy and Marvin, from Nature’s Bounty Farm in Port Perry purchased the 100-acre property as a young couple and started planting apple trees and still live on the property in a century-old farmhouse. They share 14,000 apple trees of popular varieties with visitors who wish to pick-their-own, take in the view, or play on the farm, or watch the sheep graze (no admission fee!).
Leslie Forsythe and her family, from Forsythe Family Farm have developed a philosophy of wanting visitors to take a break from the hectic pace of life and reboot on their farm and market that includes everything from naturally raised meats (yes, turkeys!) to preserves. They have created ‘Discovery Trails’ to engage the senses that are open to everyone. There is even a ‘Fairy Trail’ for small children that includes artwork!
Many farmers and growers work together to support food stewardship! The Geissberger brothers from Geissberger Farmhouse Cider will bring their mobile cider press to turn the Forsythe’s Ontario grown apples into sweet apple cider. It’s an award-winning and interesting process with a very tasty outcome. Visit the farm to watch and learn!
Visiting a farm is both an opportunity and privilege we as Canadians can be thankful for! Please be a good steward while onsite, and celebrate the harvest!