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Kawartha Farm Fest
Stop by The 21st Annual Kawartha Farmfest this Thanksgiving Weekend!
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Kawartha Farmfest is an annual one-day, self-guided driving tour of farms and rural attractions in Kawartha Lakes. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day of farm and food experiences!
All admission and farm site entry tickets should be purchased in advance of the event. Each person will need a general admission ticket plus a timed Farm Site Entry Ticket for each farm they plan to visit for the time they plan to arrive.
To regulate the flow, reduce overly large crowds and reduce waiting and line ups, each site will have hourly Farm Site Entry Tickets. They will be limited in number and may sell out before the event. Be sure to plan your day and get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
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Saturday October 7, 2023
10:00 am to 4:00 p.m.
General Admission Ticket: Adults are $5 and Kids under 14 are free but must be registered to participate.
Check out Pumpkinfest at Stellmar Farm, where you can visit the craft shed featuring pumpkins, squash, gourds, fall decorations, flower arrangements, decorative corn, wreaths, fall crafts, gourd art, preserves, honey, and tasty pumpkin bread. Try your luck at guessing the weight of the giant pumpkin to win a gift basket, take a tour through the haunted corn maze, and stop for a hot dog lunch.
Location: 136 Sandbar Road, Little Britain; From east of Valentia on Elm Tree Road, take Sandbar Road south.
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Check out Mazefest at McQuaid’s Country Market, where you can test your sense of direction in a 9 acre corn maze and have fun with a selfie scavenger hunt. Visit the market stand for over 25 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, homemade jams, jellies, relishes, and salsas, and farm-raised beef, chicken and eggs. Check out the farm shop for honey, maple syrup, fudge and fresh cheese curds from other local producers.
Location: 346 Peace Road, Omemee; Turn north from Hwy 7 onto Peace Rd at Reaboro. At the four way stop proceed straight through, going east for 3km. The farm will be on the right side. Coming from Omemee, go north on Sturgeon Rd until you get to a four way stop at Peace Rd. Turn left and go west for nearly 3km. The farm will be on the left side.
Add Organicfest at O’Brienview Farm to your list, where you can learn about organic farming, interact with cattle, and see pigs, poultry and organic vegetables. Bring a cooler to stock up on frozen beef, chicken, and fresh vegetables, and stop for lunch- the O’Brienview Fam BBQ will have hamburgers and sausages on the grill!
Location: 688 Country Lane, Cameron; Go north from Highway 35 or south from Glenarm Road onto Country Lane.
Add The Lunar Rhythm Garden to your list and tour the 25 acre Pro-Cert certified organic vegetable farm dedicated to growing 75 variety of vegetables in the field and with high tunnels and greenhouses. Visit the cows and calves, pigs, miniature horses and chickens. Visitors can see the cold storage, greenhouses and vegetable wash station. Visit the kids petting zoo by donation, to sit with bunnies, groom miniature horses, and lead the goats. Guided tours will be available. Fresh organic produce, meat, honey and apples are available for purchase.
Ongoing: Tours of the vegetable fields and high tunnels, visit animals, petting zoo entry by donation, purchase farm fresh produce, honey, apples, and frozen meats.
Location: 253 Gray Road, Janetville. From Highway 7A take Yelverton Road south, then go left/east on Gray Road.
Join in on the fun and stop by the Sheepfest at Crow Hill Farm and visit the registered Corriedale Sheep flock, a dual-purpose breed for both meat and wool. Collect fresh eggs from the hen house. Watch a wool spinning demonstration, and try your hand at Drop Spindle Spinning in a hands-on experience. Frozen lamb, honey, maple products & eggs for sale from their farm gate stand. Also available for purchase are Corriedale Handspinning Fleeces. Property is accessible.
Location: 35 Ranchers Road, Cameron. From Highway 121 at Highway 35 go south on Ranchers Road, or from Hwy 35 go east on Long Beach Road, then north on Ranchers Road.
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Visit the Pigfest at Three Forks Farm and take a walking tour of their farm and see piglets, laying hens, sheep and pigs socializing out on pasture. Their sows (mama pigs) are especially social and always looking for a snack when they see visitors. Converse with their volunteers and farmers to learn more about their farm/homestead in peak harvest season. You can also wander through their garden and their greenhouse to see the final weeks of fall veggies growing. Enjoy a sausage hot off the grill or the delicious creations of local Chef Connie Powers using their farm fresh ingredients. Come prepared with a cooler and take some delicious pasture raised frozen chicken, lamb or pork cuts home with you. They will also have garlic, eggs and select vegetables available for purchase.
Location: 345 Colony Road, Bobcaygeon; From Pigeon Lake Road south of Bobcaygeon, take Colony Road west.
Stop by the Woolfest at Mariposa Woolen Mill and visit a working wool mill and traditional farm to learn about the process of making wool yarn, and batting for felting. Walk through their mill to see the wool fibres at different stages while learning of local wool history. See sheep and a loveable pig in the front pasture. Their farm market shop features farm-raised meats, fresh produce, baked goods, and goat cheeses as well as their wool products. Take a walk through the pumpkin patch and corn maze for an additional entry fee of $8.50. Pumpkins are sold separately. Kids crafts available. If you're looking for a tasty treat, they will have a little something for everyone offered from their food truck. Property is accessible. purchase.
Location: 1275 Hwy 7, Oakwood; Just east of Oakwood.
Visit the Horsefest at Valentia Equestrain Centre with a walking self-guided tour, visit the animals - horses of all sizes, goats, chickens, Mary the alpaca, large and small cows, Arnold the pig, and Herman the turkey. In addition to all the animals, bigger than life-size Marshall from Paw Patrol will be attending. Walk their trails throughout the property. Children's crafts, walk to a Paw Patrol themed tree maze, complete the scavenger hunt to win a prize! They will be providing pony rides at an additional fee of $5. We have designed a lavender labyrinth and they invite you to walk through. They will also have a bake table and barbeque for a fee if you're hungry or thirsty. Fresh vegetables will be also available for purchase.
Location: 188 Valentia Road, Little Britain; From Little Britain Road take Valentia Road south to just north of Valentia.
Don’t forget to stop by the Alpacafest at Salem Alpacas as their farm has something for the whole family to enjoy. There will be guided visits in with the alpacas and you can see the pygmy goats with photo opportunities. Finely crafted finished articles made from the alpaca fibre will be available for sale in their farm store. Property is accessible.
Location: 363 Salem Road, Manilla
What's a day out without a stop for Kawartha Dairy ice cream?
At your first stop of the day, each paid adult ticket holder will receive a "Buy one cone, Get one cone free" coupon good at Kawartha Dairy in Lindsay or Bobcaygeon. It is valid during Farmfest only.
Kawartha Farmfest Passports are given at your first stop on event day and are used to collect comments and suggestions about the sites. Passports are also a Contest Ballot for a draw for a basket of items from Kawartha Farmfest sites. Be sure to drop your Passport in the draw box your last farm stop of the day.
A printable Map and Farm Sire descriptions with address locations is available at: www.kawarthafarmfest.com.
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