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Fall Traditions: Open Farm Day Nova Scotia

Without a doubt, Fall is my favorite season.  The cooler mornings pair beautifully with a hot coffee and a yarn craft.  Being outside during the day no longer makes you feel as if you are melting.  The fresh local vegetables and fruits are a vegetarians dream come true.  With all these glorious reasons to love the fall season, there are tons of opportunities to create family traditions.  Aside from the usual apple picking and trips to the pumpkin patch, two years ago we discovered an event that combines the best of fall in one day.  Open Farm Day allows people the insight into where and how food is grown in the province.  It is a fun, hands-on learning experience for people of all ages.

This year there are 37 farms taking part in Open Farm Day 2018, showcasing everything from fruits and veggies, to animal products and flowers.  Take a day and explore all that Nova Scotian farmers have to offer.

 

What can you do

 

Animal Visits

 

Checking out the animals is always my kids favorite thing to do, but on open farm day, farmers offer you the chance to see behind the scenes.  Along with some petting zoo type events at Dempsey’s Corner Orchard, you can see chickens, cows, pigs, goats, bees etc. doing their work to provide food for people of Nova Scotia.

Hayrides

The touring of farms is one of the main points of the day.   Many farms are offering wagon ride tours of their land, which is sure to thrill visitors young and old.  I know my kids can’t resist a hayride.

U-pick

Nothing makes you appreciate your food more than going out and picking it yourself.  Many farmers offer their fruits and vegetables at a discounted rate if you come and pick them yourself.  On Open Farm Day, people have the opportunity to u-pick  LaHave River Berry Farm Inc, Taproot Farms,  Elderkin’s Farm MarketVista Bella Farm and Nicnat Farm.

Sample Products

If you didn’t know already that local food tastes best, then farmers want to prove it to you on Open Farm Day.  I guarantee once you test out what Nova Scotia has to offer, you will be heading home with heaps of tasty treats.

 

Kids Activities

Visiting a farm is already a good time to most kids, but some locations sweeten the deal by adding kids activities like face painting, balloon animals, coloroing contests, photobooths etc.

Shopping

 What better way to truly support local farmers, than to buy directly from them at their farms.  Cutting out the middle man is made easy on Open Farm Day, where most farms have their products for sale on sight.  After your tour, pick up some awesome local products to take home and enjoy.

 

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