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Would you like to escape the city and spend some time in the country this summer? You don’t have to go far. Greenbelt farms offer a wide variety of flavours and experiences. You’ll find a tasty selection of locally produced fruits, vegetables, eggs and meat.
Farms to visit in one day
With our three suggested routes, you can visit several farms in one day, and create the perfect Ottawa agri-tour. You can also add to your experience by including an outdoor activity in a sector of the National Capital Greenbelt.
All you have to do is pick your favourite of the three suggested routes, and then go out and embrace the “Eat Local” movement.
Foodie route no. 1: East Ottawa
Fruit and veggie lovers, this route is for you! While visiting four farms, you’ll have a chance to stock up on nutritious foods and support local farmers at the same time. The Greenbelt is also where you’ll find one of the most beautiful jewels of the region, the Mer Bleue Bog. Why not enjoy a walk at Mer Bleue while you’re so close by?
Orléans Fruit Farm
Close to 25 different types of seasonal fruits and vegetables grown on-site and picked that very morning — that’s what awaits you at Orléans Fruit Farm! From May to October, discover what products are available on their harvest calendar. You can even pick your own strawberries and apples!
Fresh fruit and vegetables, ready-to-plant seedlings, all kinds of fine herbs and the best Lebanese cucumbers in town: that’s what you’ll find at this family farm, established in 1995. You can also buy their delicious products at most Ottawa farmers’ markets.
Ottawa Farm Fresh
“Life is too short for grocery store vegetables.” That’s the motto of Jonathan and Jolianne and their son, Milo, who take pride in producing a variety of fresh, healthy, organic vegetables right in Ottawa’s backyard: the Greenbelt! Discover their products.
Foodie route no. 2: South Ottawa
This route, which takes you to four farms, is highly recommended for families. This route has pick your own produce, honey — and farm animals. What more do you need to delight your taste buds — and make the kids happy?
Take advantage of your trip to the southern Greenbelt to visit the Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest area. Good to know: The starting point for Trail 32 is a great place for a family picnic before enjoying a short hike.
Gees Bees Honey Company
Learn about the important role that bees play for our local farms when you visit Marianne and Matt. Bonus: The story behind the making of Gees Bees Honey Company is as extraordinary as the honey they produce. Online orders and delivery available.
The Log Farm
With many activities for the whole family and a wide variety of fresh products, the Log Farm is definitely worth a visit. Note that several activities are not currently offered because of the pandemic. Follow the Log Farm on social media networks so you don’t miss the reopening!
The Mādahòkì Farm is one of the Greenbelt’s newest additions, offering a true Indigenous experience for all ages, year-round. Celebrating the four seasons, fascinating and engaging events offer craft workshops, food, traditional cuisine and more. Shop the online marketplace, and discover the Mādahòkì Farm.
Mike’s Garden Harvest
Known for its community-supported agriculture program, Mike’s Garden Harvest also offers products for sale directly at the farm, and is involved in many ways at the community level. Try Mike’s fresh organically grown vegetables — no chemicals, no artificial fertilizer.
A beautiful summer’s day is a great time to “pick your own”! Choose strawberries or raspberries, and end your farm tour day with this activity — fun for young and old alike.
- Addresses: 2110 Merivale Road, 3451 Richmond Road and 2901 Woodroffe Avenue
- Hours and information: shouldicefarm.com
Foodie route no. 3: West Ottawa
The western Greenbelt is as expansive as it is varied. Lots of fresh produce and many trails are available here. Between two farm visits, make a detour to Shirleys Bay for a picnic or some fun in the water!
With a wide variety of plant and animal life, Stony Swamp is a great place to observe nature in Ottawa.
Beet Box Farm
Grown right in the Greenbelt, the vegetables produced at Beet Box Farm are organic and especially delicious. While you’re there, take a guided tour of the farm, and learn more about pollinating insects and sustainable agriculture.
Veggie Trail Farm
Veggie Trail Farm also operates as a small local market, offering much more than fresh vegetables. You can pick up free-run eggs, dairy products processed on-site, maple syrup, jams and a variety of herbs and spices.
Foster Family Farm
Stock up on fresh beans, cabbage, sweet corn, spinach and raspberries at the Foster Family Farm. As an added bonus, this farm even offers the most popular summer fruit: watermelon. Check the harvest calendar to plan your visit.
Pinewood Orchards offers a variety of fruits and vegetables grown on the farm, including apples, onions and radishes. This Ottawa orchard is a perfect spot to pick your own apples — and it’s a great place for taking magazine-worthy photos.
Note: Hours, available products and activities are subject to change. To avoid disappointment, contact the farms before setting out on your chosen route.
To find other farms to visit in the region, check the NCC’s Greenbelt Farm Fresh map.
Add to your day of farm tours in Ottawa with some outdoor activities! Discover the different sectors of the Greenbelt.