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Kawartha Farmfest

Kawartha FarmfestKawartha Farmfest is an annual, one-day, self-guided driving tour of farms and rural attractions throughout Kawartha Lakes. Your $5-admission includes a map and guide to all Farmfest sites, open between 10am and 4pm.

Save the date: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Admission

Farmfest admission costs $5 for adults but is free for kids under the age of 14. When you purchase your admission you will receive an admission sticker and program passport containing a detailed map and descriptions of each participating site.

Buy your admission sticker in advance at:

  • Kawartha Lakes Municipal Service Centres in Omemee, Bobcaygeon and Lindsay
  • Kawartha Lakes Library branches in Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, Lindsay and Bethany
  • Lindsay Farmers' Market on Victoria Avenue between Kent and Peel Streets, Saturdays between 7am and 1pm
  • Bobcaygeon Farmers' Market at the fairgrounds on Mansfield Street, Saturdays between 8am and 1pm
  • Fenelon Falls Farmers' Market at the corner of Bond and John Streets, Fridays between 1pm and 6pm
  • Kawartha Dairy stores at 71 Russell Street, Lindsay and 91 Prince Street, Bobcaygeon
  • The Kawartha Store at 30 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls
  • Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce at 21 Canal Street, Bobcaygeon
  • Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce at 15 Oak Street, Fenelon Falls

You can also purchase your admission sticker at all Kawartha Farmfest sites on event day.

Farm site descriptions

Download a PDF version of the host site description and map to plan your day and travel route.

F1: Organicfest at O'Brienview Organic Farm

Pigs at O'Brienview Organic FarmStop in to visit Heritage Berkshire pigs, Belgian Blue x Black Angus cattle, chickens, ducks and turkeys, all raised organically on the family farm.

Tour the greenhouse; watch the pigs playing outside. See the cows with their calves. Chickens, ducks and turkeys everywhere.

Stay for lunch - hamburgers or sausage on a bun. Bring a cooler to buy some meat from our on-farm freezers. Beef, pork, chicken and vegetables are available for you to buy.

Ongoing: View animals and poultry; learn about organics.

Location: 688 Country Lane, Cameron

705-887-3974 www.obrienviewfarm.com

Directions: On Hwy. 35 south of Hwy 121 junction, go west at Powles Rd., turn north onto Country Lane.  From the north, take Glenarm Rd. to Country Lane (at the Hydro yard). Turn south about 4 km. Farm is on east side #688).

F2: Sheepfest at Crow Hill Farm

Sheep at Crow Hill FarmThe sheep at Crow Hill Farm are registered Corriedales, bred for meat and wool.

Collect eggs from the hen house, see the sheep with their lambs and watch a traditional hand-spinning demonstration before trying it for yourself. While you're visiting, see the honeybee yard and honey room and buy frozen lamb, honey and eggs from the farmgate stand.

Ongoing: Spinning, educational displays, egg collecting

Location: 35 Ranchers Road, Cameron

705-359-1376 crowhillcorriedales@gmail.com

Directions: On Hwy 35 north of Lindsay, turn east on Hwy 34 - Long Beach Road. Turn left on the 2nd road on the left at the S curves, Ranchers Road. 1st farm on the left.

F3: Pigfest at Three Forks Farm

Berkshire Pigs at Three Forks FarmAt Three Forks Farm we pasture-raise chickens, turkeys and pigs. We will have pigs and turkeys on-site at the time of the tour. Enjoy walking tours of the farm grounds and a description of how and why we have chosen to raise our animals on pasture with our feeding schedule.

We raise mixed heritage breed pigs (Berkshire, Hampshire, Tamworth) on rotational pastures and feed them mixed grain ration as well as dairy spoils from the local dairy. Our pigs have a mixed pasture of trees, shrubs and grass to root and forage in with small huts to provide shelter from the weather. Our turkeys are very social and curious and will come greet you at the fence, chirping and warbling their pleasure or dismay. They enjoy a mixed whole grain ration, and as many weeds, grass and bugs as can be found in the pasture, and are also happy to finish off extra or overripe produce from our gardens. This year are raising the traditional large white turkeys as well as a smaller breed called the "mini classic".

We have our frozen sausages and chicken available for sale.

Ongoing: We will have pigs in a front pasture for easy viewing and accessibility, and turkeys are housed centrally on the property.

Location: 345 Colony Road, Bobcaygeon

705-931-5338 www.threeforksfarm.ca

Directions: From Bobcaygeon, take Kawartha Lakes Road 36 south, and turn south onto Pigeon Lake Road. Turn right onto Colony Road. From Lindsay, take Pigeon Lake Road east and turn left onto Colony Road. We are number 345 on the left with a red gate. Come up our long driveway through the trees.

F4: Dairyfest at Vosbrae Farms

Visit an active, working dairy farm milking 140 Holstein cows.Visitors to Thursthill Farms

The deVos' have a large family farm with approximately 1000 acres of cropland. You will see the dairy cow herd in their comfortable free-stall barn with a large rotary milking parlour. View the equipment needed to operate a modern dairy farm and have the chance to meet Maple for a hands-on milking experience.

Ongoing: View Holstein dairy cattle, calves and farm equipment

Location: 140 Skyline Road, Manilla

705-357-3150

Directions: From Hwy. 7 take either Simcoe Street or Kawartha Lakes Road 46 north to the 1st road - Skyline Road and turn (right - east from Simcoe Street or left - west from Kawartha Lakes Road 46). 140 Skyline Road is about half way (2 km) between Kawartha Lakes Road 46 and Simcoe Street on the south side of the road.

F5: Horsefest at Valentia Equine Retraining Centre

Woman petting horse at Valentia Equine Retraining CentreValentia Equine Retraining Centre, a registered not-for-profit, gives a second chance to retired race horses who are unwanted or injured.

See the horses in their paddocks. Go on the children's forest Paw Patrol themed maze/scavenger hunt. Enjoy the walking trails, pony rides, horse related demonstrations, fresh local, in-season vegetables and displays for taking great pictures. Bring your camera and enjoy the food.

Ongoing: Maze for little children; crafts and activities; photo areas; walking trails; vendor alley; food for sale 11 am - 2 pm.  Pony Rides ($) on the half hour. Horse related demonstrations on the hour.

Location: 188 Valentia Road, Little Britain

705-786-2226 www.valentiaequestrian.com

Directions: From the four corners of Little Britain travel east, then from Little Britain Road turn south onto Valentia Road. Travel south past the Ramsey Road intersection, to number 188 on the east side of Valentia Road.

F6: Pumpkinfest at Stellmar Farm

Scarecrow with pumpkin for a head at Stellmar FarmSee giant pumpkins and visit the craft shed at Stellmar Farm, which features a wide selection of pumpkins, squash, gourds, dried flowers, wreaths, fall crafts, gourd art, decorative corn, preserves and tasty pumpkin bread.

Try your hand at pumpkin painting and guessing the weight of a giant pumpkin. Enjoy samples of pumpkin bread and warm cider. Perhaps even learn the secret behind growing the giant pumpkins!

This site is wheelchair accessible with a washroom available.

Location: 136 Sandbar Road, Little Britain (east of Valentia)

705-786-0431

Directions: Take Little Britain Road to Valentia Road and travel south into Valentia. Take Elm Tree Road east at the four corners. Sandbar Road is on the Right. Our farm is one km south on the left. Look for the pumpkins!

F7: Applefest at Dromoland Orchard and Stables

woman and horse in orchardDromoland is an organic apple orchard with fresh pressed apple cider. Live Country music with "Boots of Hazard" singing their new Kawartha Lakes song at 1pm. Pony Rides and Riding Club Demonstration. Tour the Enchanted Fairy Forest. Equine Assisted Learning presentation with Lacey Piper. Meet the bunnies, chickens and more. Ride on the Town Trolley 12 - 4pm. Enjoy lunch including BBQ Oktoberfest sausages, corn on the cob, homemade apple crisp, and apple cider. Available for purchase: Organic chicken, apples, old-tyme cider and horseback riding lessons or trail rides.

Ongoing: Apple picking, apple cider

Location: 598 Elm Tree Road, Little Britain

800-979-2913 www.dromoland.ca

Directions: From Hwy 7 take Elm Tree Road south past Little Britain Road.  Or from Stellmar Farm and Valentia Equestrian, take Elm Tree Road east.

F8: Veggiefest at Lunar Rhythm Gardens

vegetable field at Lunar Rhythm GardensVisit the 12-acre ProCert certified organic vegetable farm dedicated to growing 75 varieties of vegetables in the field and with high tunnels and greenhouses, powered by four heavy draft horses.

Find out about the Community Shared Agriculture Summer Basket and Winter Basket vegetable garden program and visit the beef cow/calf operation, pigs, miniature horses, meat chickens and laying hens. There will be farm tours of the garden and animals and visitors can see the cold storage building with a greenhouse and vegetable wash station.

Fresh organic produce is available for purchase. Portable washroom facilities are available.

Ongoing: View the livestock & ponies, vegetable garden, hoop house, kids activities, display boards.

Location: 253 Gray Road, Janetville

905-986-9612  www.csafarmdurhamkawartha.com

Directions: From Hwy 7A west of Hwy 35, take Century Farm Road south to Gray Road & turn right

Farmers' Market site descriptions

 M1: Lindsay Farmers' Market

Start your Farmfest weekend at the Farmers' Market in Lindsay. Celebrate the harvest by enjoying a Saturday morning tradition in downtown Lindsay, bringing you a large array of fresh food products and so much more.

The Lindsay Farmers' Market runs Saturday from 7am to 1pm on Victoria Avenue north of Kent Street.

705-878-1392

Countryside attraction site descriptions

A1: Kawartha Dairy, Bobcaygeon

The Kawartha Dairy Company, a 100% Canadian family-owned and operated dairy based in Bobcaygeon since 1937, produces a wide range of milk products and, of course, their famous ice cream. Stop by the original Bobcaygeon location for a quick dairy snack while on the Farmfest tour. More than 45 flavours of ice cream, sherbert and frozen yogurt are available.

Take a picture of your group with the almost life-size cow at 91 Prince Street, Bobcaygeon.

877-453-6455

A2: Kawartha Dairy Barn, Lindsay

Stop by the Lindsay location of Kawartha Dairy for a quick snack while on the Farmfest tour. More than 45 flavours of ice cream, sherbert and frozen yogurt are available.

71 Russell Street, Lindsay

705-324-0352

A3: The Kawartha Store, Fenelon Falls

Visit The Kawartha Store, an exciting new shop featuring gourmet foods, gifts and clothing designed and made in Canada. Try a variety of samples of unique, award-winning gourmet products.

30 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls

705-887-9888

 A4: KL Community Sale Barn

Check out one of the busiest livestock auctions in the province with a new country kitchen restaurant and large farmers' market with everything from fresh, local fruit, vegetables and maple syrup to clothing, woodwork, furniture and farm supplies.

Three live auctions start at 9am and continue all day until active sale rings finish selling their livestock and farm items.

580 Woodville Road, Woodville

705-439-4444

Sponsors

Kawartha Farmfest would not be possible without the tremendous effort put forth by our volunteer hosts.

Special thanks to Kawartha Lakes Communications, Advertising and Marketing and Economic Development divisions for their support.

We are indebted to all our partners.

Thank you!

Related events

During your Kawartha Farmfest tour you may consider taking in these events or others which can be found in our calendar:

September 29, 2017 - Fleming Movable Feast
Hours of Operation 5pm - 8:30pm
Location: Fleming College, 200 Albert Street South, Lindsay
705-324-9144 extension 3028 Visit the Moveable Feast website

September 28 - 30, 2017 - Bobcaygeon Fall Fair
Hours of operation: Saturday, from 8am - 5pm
Location: 47 Mansfield Street, Bobcaygeon
Telephone: 705-738-3445 Visit the Bobcaygeon Fair website

September 30, 2017 - Kinmount Farmers' Market
Hours of operation: Saturday, from 9am - 2pm
Location: Austin Sawmill Heritage Park
Telephone: 705-488-2612 Visit the Kinmount Farmers Market website

September 30 to October 1, 2017 - Victoria County Studio Tour
Hours of operation: Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Location: throughout Kawartha Lakes
Telephone: 705-887-2229 Visit the Victoria County Studio Tour website

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