Updated on September 28, 2020
The vegetable season may soon be over, but there’s still plenty to discover in Canada’s Capital Greenbelt this fall. Check out these six 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.
Please note that due to COVID-19, visitors must now book a specific time to visit.
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 with a distinctive flavour. Available at the farm store or online, pick up a golden jar of locally sourced honey, or visit the grounds to take a stroll through the pollinator gardens.
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Discover a world of local agriculture at Just Food, Ottawa’s not-for-profit agricultural incubator farm. Join a community garden, meet local growers, and take part in a range of workshops and community programming.
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 chicken and duck eggs, and fresh veggies.
Get ready for Halloween at Kiwan Farms! This local farm grows hundreds of pumpkins to light doorsteps across Ottawa, which are available to purchase come early October. You won’t want to miss out on the Kiwan Pumpkin Carving Showdown on October 24, where the Kiwan siblings have their annual pumpkin carving contest — and you get to vote for your favourite!
Ottawa Farm Fresh
This fall, give a warm welcome to one of the newest additions to the Greenbelt farms family: Ottawa Farm Fresh. From 2009 to 2017, Jonathan and Jolianne operated a farm in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Now, after spending three years on the road exploring North America in their van, they are excited to be growing fresh organic veggies once again — this time feeding Ottawa from their farm, Ottawa Farm Fresh.
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.