Open Farms 2022 in Frontenac & Kingston

Real food. Real Farms. Real People.

 

The celebration of farm-to-table continues in Frontenac County and Kingston.

Open Farms Harvest

Sunday, October 2 - Memorial Hall (inside City Hall) & Springer Market Square, Kingston, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For complete details on this event and to purchase tickets. 

The event is a celebration of local farms, residents, food producers, chefs, and general foodies for an afternoon filled with rich storytelling paired with delicious food and beverages.  

Join us for Open Farms Harvest, presented by City of Kingston, Frontenac County and Visit Kingston. This ticketed autumn celebration will take place in Memorial Hall, located within Kingston City Hall, and outside in Springer Market Square. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste, sip, and learn through a thoughtfully curated harvest food experience, featuring local chefs coming together to prepare dishes using exclusively local ingredients, brought in by local farmers from rural Kingston and Frontenac County.   
 
Tickets are $75 plus HST and are now on sale at CityofKingston.ca/PLAY

Each ticket includes a handmade wood serving plate, samples from local chefs creating local food, as well as local beverage offerings, and access to three seminars. Children 10 years and under are free to attend and do not require a ticket. A full list of participating businesses and organizations, and more detailed information about the demonstrations and seminars can be found at CityofKingston.ca/FeatureEvents.

Open Farms

Reminder of the Visitor Checklist

  • Bring your tickets (digital or printed)
  • Leave your pets at home. 
  • Bring cash and a cooler.
  • Bring water.
  • Dress for the weather. Wear comfy, closed-toe shoes. 
  • Follow signage and health & safety guidelines at each site. 

TICKETS - Ticket sales have now closed. (Sept 9 at 3pm)

  • Bring your tickets (digital or print) to the Farm to show when you arrive.

Check out the Community Activities and Drop In Farm events this weekend.

(For complete details scroll down)

Saturday

  • Perry Farm at Food Less Travelled - Verona
  • Homegrown with Open Farms - Harrowsmith
  • Farmers Markets – Sharbot Lake, Harrowsmith, Wolfe Island, Kingston
  • South Frontenac Museum - Hartington
  • Kingston & Area Training Farm - Kingston
  • Wolfe Island Plowing Match – Wolfe Island
  • Drive-In Movie - Verona

Sunday

  • Community Hub & Plowing Match - Sunbury
  • Farmers Market - Kingston

Farm & Culinary Experiences (ticketed - ticket sales have now closed)

Back Forty Artisan Cheese

Saturday, September 10
  • Tour & Tasting: Experience an exclusive tour of the Back Forty Artisan Cheese factory led by head cheese maker Jeff Fenwick. From raw milk to affinage (the art and craft of aging) participants will be able to see, learn, and ask questions about each step involved in the traditional craft of cheese making. You will also enjoy a sampling of a variety of cheeses!  
  • Tour & Tasting is 45 minutes, with 12 tickets per time, starting at;
    • Tour 1: 11 am, Tour 2: 12 pm, Tour 3: 2 pm, Tour 4: 4 pm 
  • $25 per person (children 12 and under free, children under 2 do not require a ticket)

Sunday, September 11
  • Farm-to-Table Dinner: Experience true farm-to-table dining in a casual atmosphere at the Back Forty Farm. Our cuisine is based exclusively on fresh, quality ingredients that are naturally grown and raised on our land. This Six Course meal will feature organic vegetables from the garden, Back Forty Artisans own pasture raised meat, handmade bread and our delicious cheeses. Our cooking is done in the wood-oven and on the live fire grill providing truly exceptional flavour. The humble pairing of quality ingredients cooked by traditional fire is so delicious that it borders on being gourmet. Prior to the meal, experience an exclusive tour of the Back Forty Artisan Cheese factory, led by head cheese maker Jeff Fenwick.  From raw milk receiving to affinage (the art and craft of aging) participants will be able to see, learn and ask questions about each step involved in the traditional craft of transforming milk into a variety of delicious cheese styles.
  • Itinerary - Meet and greet. Enjoy complimentary glass of handcrafted local beer, wine or kombucha. Private educational tour of artisan cheese factory. 6 course meal. Seating is harvest style (group oriented). Walk the culinary gardens and see the animals.
  • Notify in advance for vegetarian options. No dairy or gluten-free options available. Wine pairings available at additional charge.
  • 4 pm (22 tickets available) SOLD OUT

  • $165 per person (includes HST)

  • Product available for sale on site. Debit, Cash, Visa, Mastercard 

Perry Farm at Food Less Travelled 

  • 6674 Road 38, Verona
  • Contact Dave Perry through his Facebook
Saturday, September 10, 10 - 4 pm
  • Perry Farm will bring livestock to our retail store Local Family Farms-Food Less Travelled. We will have Black Maine-Anjou and Speckle Park cattle, calves and bulls, donkeys and maybe a few pigs. We will have roping demos for young and old. $8.00 ticket for a piece of our homemade pie and Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream
  • Free drop in event, no ticket required

Long Road Eco Farm

Saturday, September 10
  • Get to know the various aspects of our farm operation with a guided tour. After the tour enjoy a self guided trail walk.  Food truck on site. 
  • Tour is one hour. Maximum 30 people per tour.
  • Tour 1: 10:30-11:30 am, Tour 2: 12-1 pm, Tour 3: 2:30-3:30 pm 

  • $10 per person, (children 12 and under free)
  • Dress according to weather. Closed-toed shoes recommended
  • Product available for sale on site. Debit, Cash, Visa, Mastercard

Fat Chance Farmstead

Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11
  • Fat Chance Farmstead is owned and operated by Josh Suppan in Harrowsmith. It is a certified organic fruit, vegetable and grain farm. Fat Chance has partnered with Grains & Goods Farmstead for the purpose of selling fresh local artisan flour. At Open Farms you can: Learn the process of harvesting, cleaning and milling grain into flour. Tour the vegetable and strawberry fields. Learn about the equipment required to successfully grow high quality organic food. Purchase produce, flour and baked goods from both Fat Chance Farmstead and Grains & Goods.
  • Tour is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Maximum 30 people per tour.

Saturday

  • Saturday Tour 1: 9-10:15 am, Tour 2: 10:30-11:45 am, Saturday Tour 3: 12:00-1:15 pm, Saturday Tour 4: 1:30-2:45 pm 

Sunday

  • Sunday Tour 1: 9-10:15 am, Tour 2: 12:00-1:15 pm, Tour 3: 1:30-2:45 pm 

  • $20 per person, (children 12 and under free)

  • Dress according to weather. Closed-toed shoes recommended, as ground could be uneven during field walk.
  • Product available for sale on site. Debit, Cash, Visa, Mastercard. Full ticket price can be used towards purchases at the Fat Chance Farmstead.

Homegrown with Open Farms 

  • 3005 Forest Road, Harrowsmith 
  • Contact Stephanie Newman through her Website
  • Homegrown with Open Farms is a community hub featuring local farms on site, local handmade vendors, live music & entertainment for kids and adults, local beer, liquor vendors in a field. 
  • The farms are Homegrown are: The Rise Farm, Hitchenbrook Hills, Maplescapes, Ormsbees, Fat Chance Farmstead, Loughborough Lavender, Collective Joy Farm.
Saturday, September 10 | 11 am - 6 pm
  • $5 per vehicle - Tickets available on site September 10
  • Product available for sale on site. Debit, Cash, Visa, Mastercard.

Kingston & Area Community Training Farm

  • 100 Days Road (Behind Centre 70), Kingston
  • Contact Ayla Fenton through Loving Spoonful's WebsiteInstagram, & Facebook
Saturday, September 10
  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Free drop in event, No ticket required

Kitchen Table Seed House

  • 602, Road 95, Wolfe Island
  • Contact Kathy Rothermel through their Website & Instagram
Saturday, September 10
  • Kitchen Table Seed House invites you to join them on a field tour, a tomato tasting, a demonstration of tomato seed cleaning and followed by an introduction to plant breeding. 
  • Tour 1: 1-3 pm (maximum 40 people)
  • $20 per person, (children 12 and under free)

  • Dress according to weather. Closed-toe shoes recommended
  • Product available for sale on site. Debit, Cash, Visa, Mastercard. 

Woodland Priestess

Woodland Priestess workshops have been cancelled due to the passing of Tawny's mother.

All ticket holders will be contacted directly by the event organizers on September 6. Thank you for your understanding.

We at Frontenac County are truly sorry for Tawny’s loss and are thinking of her during this very difficult time

Saturday, September 10 - Introduction to Permaculture
Sunday, September 11 - Introduction to plant spirit medicine

Wolfe Island Hopyard 

Regrettably the Wolfe Island Hopyard is no longer able to host an event at the hop farm this weekend.

Wolfe Island Hopyard contact information

The County of Frontenac and City of Kingston are in the process of reaching out to all event ticket holders.  A full refund for the amount of the tickets will be provided to those who purchased for this event. If you would like to use the funds towards another Open Farms event, a credit can be applied for the full amount of your tickets. Please let us know.

Credit requests not received by Friday, September 9 at 12 noon, will be processed as a refund to your original form of payment.


Community Activities

Tickets are not required for these events. Drop-ins welcome

Saturday, September 10

South Frontenac Museum

  • 5595 Road 38, Hartington. www.SouthFrontenacMuseum.ca
  • 1 to 4 pmFree drop in event. Donations gratefully accepted.

  • For Open Farms, we will be highlighting yesterday’s agricultural practices that allowed farming in Frontenac County to flourish to this day. At the South Frontenac Museum, our job is to fascinate and educate residents and visitors by bringing our history, creativity and culture to life. Call 613-376-3027 ext. 2600 for details.

Wolfe Island Plowing Match

  • 1227 Reeds Bay Road, Wolfe Island
  • 9 am to 4 pmFree drop in event.

Drive-In Movie

  • Movie - We Bought a Zoo, starring Matt Damon
  • Verona Free Methodist Church parking lot, 6804 Rd. 38, Verona
  • Movie begins at 8 pm | Canteen opens at 7:30 pm (until the movie starts)
  • In the event of rain, the movie will move indoors

Sunday, September 11

Community Hub & Plowing Match

  • 3118 Sunbury Road, Sunbury
  • 10 am to 3 pm | Free drop in event.

  • New for this year is an exciting partnership with Frontenac County Plowman’s Association (FCPA) with the Community Hub. As a Chapter Member of the Ontario Plowmen's Association, FCPA has a long tradition of promoting farming and plowing in rural Ontario and has been hosting the Frontenac County Plowing Match for over 100 years.
  • An exciting and natural fit for the Community Hub; a place to gather, make community connections, and learn about local food topics and issues with the centrepiece of the Community Hub – the vendors market. Visitors will be able to shop around, try new products, and cultivate a life-long relationship with local producers and artisans- all in one convenient spot.
  • Educational booths, live music, and a prepared local food from Otter Creek Farms Food Truck will round out the event making it a true celebration of local agriculture and the rural way of life.

Farmers Markets

Sharbot Lake Farmers Market
  • 9 am- 12 pm every Saturday at the Sharbot Lake Beach
  • Fresh products, pastured meat, coffee, farm products, local vendors, live music, and more!
  • For more information check out their Facebook
The Market at Wolfe Island
  • 9 am- 1 pm every Saturday at the Wolfe Island Commons
  • For more information check out their website
Frontenac Community Market
  • 9 am - 2 pm every Saturday until mid October. Centennial Park, Harrowsmith

Memorial Centre Farmers Market
  • 9 am- 2 pm every Sunday at the Memorial Centre in Kingston
  • For more information check out their website
Kingston Public Market
  • 8:30 am- 6 pm every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at Springer Market Square
  • For more information or to become a vendor, check out their website

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