Have you ever wondered how a real working farm operates? The machinery, the animals, the crops, the fields? In an age when most of us relate where our food comes from to which aisle it sits in the grocery store, seeing how your food is actually produced is an eye-opening experience. On September 17, you’ll get your chance to do just that when Manitoba Open Farm Day comes around. This annual event sees more than 45 farms around the province open its doors to visitors as they invite people to participate in the workings of their farm.
Along with learning more about Manitoba farm operations, products environmental stewardship and the history of agriculture in our province, here is a list of just a few of the activities you can do:
- take a horse drawn wagon ride
- pet and groom farm animals
- browse farmers’ and artisan markets
- watch a cow getting milked
- farm tours, greenhouse tours, brewery tours
- view various animals from cows and calves, bees, pigeons, horses
- tour an orchard and partake in apple tasting
- plant foraging
- kids activities
- honey tasting
- ice cream, hot dogs and other goodies
- scavenger hunts
- and a ton more
Every farm has a little something different to offer and the tour is split into five separate regions. Download a map and description of activities for each farm from the Manitoba Open Farm Day website. We recommend that you pick a region and head to a few in that area to make the most of your day. You’ll need about an hour or so at each site.
You can also make it a weekend affair and check out one of Manitoba’s cute, cozy and adorable bed and breakfasts. Along your way, be sure to stop in at Mennonite Heritage Village where they will be offering a buffet meal from 11:30am-6pm in honour of Open Farm Day.
And, if you’re headed out towards Brandon, keep the food coming during Food Truck Warz taking place the same weekend. Sample delicious treats from more than a dozen food trucks at the Victoria Inn parking lot.
Before you go, be sure to check out the FAQs on what to wear, what to bring and the dos and don’t of visiting a farm.