Last updated on July 2020
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.
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…
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.
The Log Farm is open on Sundays and Wednesdays, from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Three time slots are available each day: 9:30 to 11:00, 11:00 to 1:00 and 1:30 to 3:00. You need to purchase tickets online for each session at https://thelogfarm.com.
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. Starting the second week of August, you can stop by the farm to purchase a variety of flavourful garlic!
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!
Maple Hill Urban Farm
The farm stand at Maple Hill Urban Farm is open to the public. You will find an abundance of farm-grown fruits and veggies, along with chicken and duck eggs from the local winged residents!
Goat yoga has been put on hold for this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, but you can look forward to the corn maze come September/October. Preparations have already begun!
Just 10 minutes west of downtown Ottawa sits Pinewood Orchards and their fresh produce stand, where you can find a variety of fresh fruits and veggies. Come fall, you can wander through the apple orchard — over 800 trees — and have your pick of a variety of apples!
Get directions or visit the farm stand on Carling Avenue and Burke Road.
Note: Hours, products and activities may change. To find out more, contact the farm directly. You can find sources of more fresh local produce on the NCC’s farm map.