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Bytown Barns, Farms & Markets
Agricultural tourism is plentiful in Ottawa’s surrounding countryside.
Visit the Proulx Maple & Berry Farm come spring for trips to the sugarbush in Cumberland, bring the kids to Valleyview Little Animal Farm in Nepean, or explore the historic Watson’s Mill in Manotick – all immediately surrounding Ottawa.
Farmers’ Markets are not scarce in the Capital region either. Check out Parkdale Farmers’ Market in Hintonburg from May through November, ByWard Farmers’ Market from May to June, and Carp Farmers’ Market each Saturday from May to October.
Towns throughout outer Ottawa area feature plenty of their own farm, markets, wineries, and a few oddities to boot. Cornwall is home to the Seaway Valley Growers Public Market, the Strathmore Orchard & Winery, and the nearby Avonmore Berry Farm.
Renfrew visitors can head to Renfrew for handmade soaps, lotions, and herbal teas, while Smiths Falls hosts the Smiths Falls Farmer's Market. And when you’re in Perth, don’t miss the Mammoth Cheese – there to “promote Canadian Cheese around the world.”
Hawkesbury offers area markets like the Marché des Pionniers and the Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market, and nearby farms like Les Jardins Lamoureux for vegetables and fruit, Trillium Lamas Farm for wool, Cassbrae Farms for maple syrup, Ferme Greenlane Farm for cereal, and Brynog Farm for fresh lamb.
Agritouring in Prince Edward County? Head to the Belleville and Kingston area south of Ottawa for some of the best rural attractions in central Ontario. Check out Chudleigh's Apple Farm in Halton Hills, Springridge Farm in Milton, and the iconic Big Apple in Cramahe – just east of Cobourg.
Speaking of apples, don’t forget the famed Apple Route – coursing along the northern shore of Lake Ontario. You’ll pass the Brighton Applefest in Brighton, and the Apple Blossom Tyme in Colborne – just follow Highway 2.