Dufferin County is home to good food and great farmers, and for one day each fall a select few Dufferin farms open their doors to the public. This year’s Dufferin Town and Country Farm Tour will take place on Saturday, September 29 in central Dufferin. For 18 years Dufferin farmers have generously invited the public onto their farms. This is an opportunity to see agricultural production in action, participate in educational activities, talk with farmers and learn how food is grown or raised, harvested and marketed. Rain or shine, it’s always a great day for the family to meet local farmers on their own farms.
The Farm Tour provides an opportunity to see farming as it happens and understand more about how food gets to the dinner plate. “This is one of my favourite days of the year. I always learn so much about our local farmers and come away with such respect and appreciation for them,” commented a past Farm Tour visitor.
With this year’s host farms, visitors will get to see milking goats, a market garden and greenhouse, sheep, new and antique farm equipment, heavy horses, purebred Herefords (beef cattle), jersey cattle (dairy) and much more.
Dufferin is home to over 520 farms covering almost 50% of the land in Dufferin County. Agriculture is the largest economic contributor in Dufferin. In 2013, Dufferin County farms produced $25.6 million of beef, $16.9 million of dairy and $15.4 million worth of potatoes, among many other products.
The tour is self-guided and is free with a donation to local food banks. The tour passport is available one week prior to the tour on the Dufferin Farm tour website or visitors can pick one up in person at Orangeville Visitor Information Centre. There will be additional activities at each farm, including the opportunity to purchase fresh produce and fresh food so bringing cash and a cooler is encouraged.
On Saturday, September 29, 2018 bring the whole family and spend a day visiting your local farmers on their farms.
- The tour passport is available on the website or pick one up in person at Orangeville Visitor Information – passports available up to ONE WEEK prior to the tour.
- Admission is a donation for local Food Banks
- Tour Sat. Sept 29 from 9am to 4pm, Rain or Shine
- For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 519-939-7486