The vegetable season may soon be over, but there’s still plenty to discover in Canada’s Capital Greenbelt this fall. Check out these five unique farms, each with a distinctly local experience.
The Log Farm
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Step into the 1860s at the Log Farm, Ottawa’s only working pioneer farmstead. This adventure-filled farm features weekly family programming and a wide a range of animals, including cows, horses, sheep, goats, pigs and barn cats. You can also enjoy maple syrup made right on the property this year.
For hours of operation and more information, visit https://thelogfarm.com/.
Gees Bees Honey Company
Taste the beauty of the Greenbelt at Gees Bees Honey Company. This popular farm produces several types of local honey, each one with a distinctive flavour. For the more adventurous, you can also try a beekeeping class or a hive tour. Gees Bees also sells hive shares and a wide variety of other bee-related products.
For hours of operation and more information, visit https://www.geesbees.ca/.
Just Food Farm
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Discover a world of local agriculture at Just Food Farm, Ottawa’s not-for-profit agricultural incubator farm. Join the start-up farm program, volunteer at the food forest or donate-a-row garden, meet local growers at the weekly farm stand, and take part in a range of workshops, programs and events for children, youth and adults.
For hours of operation and more information, visit http://justfood.ca/.
Maple Hill Urban Farm
Enter the labyrinth at Maple Hill Urban Farm, and explore the famous 10-acre corn maze! Just in time for Halloween, this dynamic farm also features a pumpkin patch and farm tour. For local foodies and aspiring chefs, it also produces free-range eggs and poultry, and grows sorghum.
For hours of operation and more information, visit http://maplehillurbanfarm.com/.
Finally, get ready for Halloween at Kiwan Farms! This farm locally sources hundreds of pumpkins to light doorsteps across Ottawa. It also sells seasonal vegetables grown on the farm and preserves that provide a delicious end-of-season reminder of this summer’s bounty.
For hours of operation and more information, visit http://www.kiwanfarms.ca/.
Farms in the Greenbelt are a symbol of Canada’s rural traditions, and they provide an example of how to practise viable and diverse agriculture in a near-urban setting. To discover more farms and unique experiences in the Greenbelt, check out the Greenbelt Farm Fresh web map.