Looking to escape the city and spend some time on a local farm? Greenbelt farms offer a wide range of tastes and experiences, from picking your own fresh fruit to goat yoga sessions. You can also find a delicious assortment of vegetables, honey and locally raised meats. Our in-house farmer, Robin Turner, recommends checking out these eight Greenbelt farms this summer:
Orleans Fruit Farm
Welcome to the Orleans Fruit Farm, where you can pick your own raspberries and browse the farm stand for garlic scapes, strawberries, lettuce, jam, maple syrup, honey and more!
Youth Now Farm
Shop this farm stand for a good cause! Youth Now Farm brings together key agricultural activities with youth engagement, youth skills development, mentorship and employment opportunities.
Check out the farm stand at various farmers’ markets in Ottawa. What’s in season? Lebanese cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchinis, eggplants, melons, specialty herbs including basil, parsley, cilantro and more.
Pick your own berries, including raspberries! Check their website for what else is ripe right now.
Veggie Trail Farms
Here you’ll find black and red raspberries, basil, beans, kale, garlic, hot peppers, herbs, icicle radishes, potatoes, summer squash and tomatoes. Not ready to leave just yet? Book a stay at their B&B.
Maple Hill Urban Farm
You’ll want to add this one to your list for the goat yoga. The farm also specializes in sorghum cereal and free-range duck and chicken eggs.
Foster Family Farm
Stock up on fresh beans, cauliflower, pumpkin, spinach, summer squash and raspberries. Don’t forget to browse their recipe list
The Log Farm
The log farm hosts a farmers’ market with many local producers on the weekend. It's a very cool pioneer farm with live animals and demonstrations!
You can find sources of more fresh local produce on the NCC's farm map.