Last September, over 30 farms throughout Eastern Ontario opened their doors to their communities by inviting the public to tour, taste and experience life on today’s local farm. By using the OpenFarms website, community members could view which farms were involved and design their own tour throughout the countryside and at several “urban farms”. The event included farms from Prince Edward County to Gananoque.
“The variety of farms made for a very interesting day,” says organizer Sharon Freeman. “There were dairy farms, lavender producers, herb & vegetable growers, meat producers and even a corn maze.” At some farms, participants were able to see the animals, pick produce and taste the wares. According to Freeman, as many as 300 people visited some of the larger farms, whereas most farms had around 100 visitors.
“Many people commented on being thrilled to have the opportunity to see where and how their food is being grown,” says Freeman, “and especially in the height of the harvest season, the farms are spectacular!”
The organizing committee is starting to plan for this year’s event, which takes place on Sunday, September 18th, 2011, and invites new farms to get involved. For more information, visit the website at www.openfarms.ca.