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Fresh Food at Farms and Local Markets, Ontario Canada
Farming is so much more fun in Ontario. Picture taking a hay ride or bobbing for apples. Or try getting out of a cornfield that has been reshaped into a maze. Ontario is leading the way in the field of Agritourism. From winemaking to national parks, expect to become one with the land.
Northern Ontario doesn’t disappoint when it comes to its agritourism. Head to Thunder Bay for local markets and farms. Thunder Bay Country Market has plenty of fresh produce to choose from. Grab the best gouda around at Thunder Oak Cheese Farm. Others worth your time are Sleepy G Farm, Sandy Acres Farms, and Mile Hill Farms. Sioux Lookout is a scenic spot surrounded by tons of lakes and hosts the annual Blueberry Festival.
Enjoy a fun-filled day with the family especially around the holidays when they have Easter Festival, Pumpkinfest, and thrilling sleigh rides. Another family-friendly spot your whole crew will enjoy is Eglis’s Sheep Farm & Animal Park housing domestic and exotic animals.
Southern Ontario may be just the place for you if you have a sweet tooth. White Meadows Farms hosts a Pancake House in the winter. If that isn’t enough to entice you, they also have historic wagon rides in March and visits to the Maple Sweet Shop all year long.
For a more local experience, head to St. Catharines Farmers’ Market, Niagara Falls’ Lococo’s Fresh Market, and Walker’s Country Farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake. And check out the beautiful Busy Bee Gardens Lavender where you can shop for unique gifts with some of the best scents on the planet.
Vino anyone? Be sure to add some wineries to your list like Peller Estates, Jackson-Triggs, Strewn. For a good glass of wine, take a tour of Southbrook Vineyards. It is Canada’s first certified biodynamic winery which is a healthier process in making wines.
Southwestern Ontario has plenty of farm fun as well, including Clovermead Adventure Farm, an interactive honeybee farm. You could find yourself surrounded by bees while learning how they make the honey you eat. If you’re looking for berries and cheese, head to Park's Blueberry Farm, Heeman's strawberry farm, and Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese.
Ottawa and its surrounding countryside wow with ample farms and local markets. Make it all about berries and check out Proulx Maple & Berry Farm and Avonmore Berry Farm. Switch to apples and head to Chudleigh's Apple Farm, Brighton Applefest, and the Apple Blossom Tyme. Fill up your fridge with local produce from Parkdale Farmers’ Market, Smiths Falls Farmer's Market, and Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market.
For those who want the full working farm experience, you should not miss a visit to Blue Hen Farm. The owners invite you to stay in their charming and cozy farmhouse and you’ll become one of the farm hands.
Toronto doesn’t get left behind in the agritourism realm. Pick up fruits, herbs, and vegetables and smell their freshness at the farmers’ markets like Allison’s Farm Market and the year-round St. Jacob’s Farmers’ Market.
A fun and interactive spot for the entire family is the Applewood Farm Winery. Enjoy a hayride or pick your own apples and strawberries, depending on the season. Stick around and experience the selection of fine wines and spirits at the winery.
Found on a 150-acre plot of land, Southbrook Vineyards proudly produces organic and biodynamic wines. Southbrook Vineyards is located near Niagara On The Lake in southern Ontario. Owners Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier use sustainable viticulture to create their wine. They are Canada's first wine estate to earn biodynamic and organic certifications for the winery and vineyard.
Stop by the LEED Gold certified hospitality pavilion to learn more about their biodynamic processes and their green initiatives.
Host your next group event in the hospitality pavilion for a unique and inviting setting. Browse through the wine shop and visit the tasting room to sample their variety of wines. From dessert wines and fruit wines to artisanal and limited edition wines, the selection is impressive.