Open Farms 2022 in Frontenac & Kingston

Real food. Real Farms. Real People.

Farms across Frontenac County and rural Kingston are opening their doors and welcoming visitors to their farms. Participating farms are offering unique experiences based on the farm. Tours include farm experiences that will allow participants to see and learn more, enjoy culinary tastes and many have product available for purchase on site. 

Tickets

  • All farms require tickets be purchased in advance from August 10 to September 6. 
  • Tickets are not available on site.
  • When tickets go on sale, you will be able to link to the ticket sales from here.
  • Interested in attending a farm experience, but cost is a factor? Please contact EcDev@frontenaccounty.ca

*PLEASE consider the travel time and distance between farms, traffic, road conditions, when planning your weekend to ensure you are not late for your tour. 

  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Visitor Checklist

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

Farm & Culinary Experiences 

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 starting at Tour 1: 11 am, Tour 2: 12 pm, Tour 3: 1 pm, Tour 4: 2 pm, Tour 5: 3 pm, Tour 6: 4 pm, & Tour 7: 5 pm (10 tickets available per time)
  • $25 per person
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)

  • $165 per person
  • Product available for sale on site. Debit, Cash, Visa, Mastercard 

 

Woodland Priestess

Saturday, September 10
  • Introduction to Permaculture: Join Tawny for a tour of how she is using Principles of Permaculture and Indigenous gardening techniques in a Rocky Forest setting. Tawny will share how the foundations of permaculture shape her designs and ensure her family has food while caring for the long-term sustainability of the property. Tawny teaches through experiences and as we walk will answer specific questions and deepen the conversations based on the interest of the group.  
  • Tour 1: 9:30-11:30 am, Tour 2: 12:30-2:30 pm, Tour 3: 3-5 pm (maximum 7 vehicles per tour)

  • $25 per vehicle
Sunday, September 11
  • Introduction to plant spirit medicine: Plants have more to offer us than chemical constituents. When we leave our western minds behind and move beyond the "quick fix", we can enter a realm of mind-body and soul healing and the plants are our guides. Walk with Tawny to see what living medicines are alive and well and join her in a meditation to discern what the plants want to teach you. A very interactive workshop that requires a journal, patience and an open heart. 
  • Tour 1: 9:30-11:30 am, Tour 2: 12:30-2:30 pm, Tour 3: 3-5 pm (maximum 7 vehicles per tour)
  • $25 per vehicle
  • Dress for bugs by wearing light weight long clothing. Closed toe shoes and bug spray are recommended. Please bring a journal, water and snacks but most importantly an open mind!                  All parking is at the bottom of the driveway. Please leave space for fellow participants!

 

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

 

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 1: 10:30-11:30 am, Tour 2: 12-1 pm and Tour 3: 2:30-3:30 pm  (maximum 30 per tour)

  • $10 per person
  • 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 1: 9-10:15 am, Tour 2: 10:30-11:15 am Tour 3: 11:30 am-12:15 pm Tour 4: 12:30 pm-1:45 pm Tour 5: 2 pm-3:15 pm (maximum 30 people per tour)

  • $20 per person, (children under 12 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. 
Saturday, September 10 | 11 am - 6 pm
  • $5 per vehicle
  • 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
  • Open House of the Kingston & Area Community Training Farm. 
  • Free drop in event

 

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

 

Wolfe Island Hopyard

Saturday, September 10
  • From Hopfarm to Brews! Experience the happenings on our hopfarm during it's peak time of harvest, while you mingle with terrific local brewers and get to try the great brews they've created with the flavours grown right here!
  • Grow your love for local... food truck will be on site, music, tours, education, and amazing community. 
  • Hopyard experience is open 11 am - 7 pm, stay for as long as you want (maximum 48 people per shuttle)
  • $45 / per person  (includes shuttle bus from Wolfe Island ferry dock and back, 3 beer sampling tickets, take-home reusable beer 'glass'.)
  • Ticket holders, please walk on to the Ferry to access the Hopyard Shuttle.  
  • Pick up the Hopyard Shuttle on Wolfe Island. [Note the Wolfe Island Ferry leaves Kingston on the hour - For complete Ferry Schedule] 
  • Hopyard Shuttle Pick up Times from Wolfe Island Ferry Dock to Wolfe Island Hopyard.  
    • 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p,m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.  

Hopyard Shuttle will return to the Wolfe Island Ferry Dock for return travellers to walk on and return to Kingston, be sure to check the ferry schedule for return times.

There may be a delay based on ferry schedules. 

  • Please dress like a farmer. (boots, jeans, layers recommended) 
  • Product for sale on site. Cash 

 

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 pm | Free 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 pm | Free drop in event.

 

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

 


Open Farms Harvest

Sunday, October 2

Hosted by the City of Kingston. Details to follow.

 

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