What do you think of when you think of “farms”? Colourful vegetables growing in neat rows? Cute little piglets rolling in mud? Or maybe it’s the smell of manure?
This paints a vivid picture of what you and your family can expect at our Greenbelt farms, with a few surprises thrown into the mix. Think: goat yoga and time travel.
Keep reading to find out which Greenbelt farms you should visit this summer. There is something for everyone — whether you’re a foodie or an animal lover, or looking to get your hands dirty.
For a fun weekend experience…
Maple Hill Urban Farm
Animal lovers will want to check out this farm for the goat yoga. In addition to specializing in sorghum cereal, and free-range chicken and duck eggs, which are all available for purchase at the on-site market stand, Maple Hill Urban Farm hosts goat yoga on Saturdays and Sundays, for a truly interactive farm experience.
The Log Farm
For a family bonding experience, check out the historic Log Farm — and step back in time! Pack a picnic and a sense of adventure, and see how an 11-person family lived in the 1800s.
Animal feed is available for purchase on-site from the Snack Shack.
Silver Spring Farm
If you’re looking to give back to your community, make your way to Silver Spring Farm. This historic farm is completely volunteer-run, and is always looking for a helping hand to tend to the 40,000 bulbs of garlic grown on the property each year. Volunteer today, and aid in their efforts to support the Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD).
For the foodie at heart…
Veggie Trail Farms
This farm’s dedication to nutritionally rich and sustainably grown produce means that Veggie Trail Farm says “no” to the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, delivering a wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies available for purchase at their market stand.
Orleans Fruit Farm
Don’t let the farmers have all the fun! Bring your family to Orleans Fruit Farm, and pick your own raspberries, strawberries and apples. Stop by the farm stand for spreads, veggies and more!
Youth Now Farm
Bringing together a passion for local agriculture and support for at-risk youth, the Youth Now Farm teaches young people transferable skills through farming and mentorship initiatives. By shopping at their farm stand, you support the positive development of marginalized youth, as well as agricultural activities in the Greenbelt.
BeetBox Co-operative Farm
What Greenbelt gem follows organic practices, offers weekly shares of locally grown produce and is worker-run? Presenting: Beetbox Co-op Farm! Your one-stop shop for all locally grown fresh vegetables.