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Open Farm Day

Open Farm Day is a province wide event held on the third Sunday in September, falling on September 15th, 2019. Open Farm Day creates the opportunity for participating Nova Scotia farmers to open their doors to members of their community. We’re giving you a backstage pass to meet your farmer, and really see where your food comes from. We also want you to have a first hand glance at our farmers’ hard work and dedication to top quality products and services.

Please take advantage of this great opportunity and visit as many of these farms as possible. Share stories, ask questions, get involved and most importantly have fun!

See what farms are participating in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland!


Participating Farms 2019

1. Thyme for Ewe Farm
Farm Type: Diversified organic
Address: 784 King Grove Rd, Melville Cape Breton
County: Cape Breton
Directions to Farm: From Sydney Exit 16 off the 105, turn right onto the Millville Highway, second right onto King Grove Road, farm is 4km up on the right. From Baddeck, take exit 16 off the 105, turn left onto the Millville highway, turn right onto King Grove Road, farm is 4km up on the right.
Hours: 1pm – 4pm
Activities: Come discover what makes our farm so special: we work on a small scale, making sure we can focus our attention on what really matters – the health of the soil and everybody around it. Guided tour every hour explaining what we do and why we do it, connecting people to their food.

4. Mamie’s Alpacas
Farm Type: Alpacas
Address: 84 MacEachern Rd, Glendale
County: Inverness
Directions to Farm: Hwy 105 turn on Glendale Mountain Rd, Glendale. Take an immediate left on MacEachern Road, drive on gravel road for appx 150-200 metres, turn right at 84 MacEachern – Mamies Alpacas
Hours: 11am – 3pm
Activities: Walk with alpacas in the field. Take pictures with the alpacas.

5. West River Holsteins
Farm Type: Dairy
Address: 1543 Hwy 337 Harbour Centre
County: Antigonish
Directions to Farm: 8 km past hospital in Antigonish (from main street take Hwy 337 to Harbour Centre) Farm is on the left hand side. Farm sign at the end of driveway.
Hours: 2pm – 4pm
Activities: Join us at our dairy facility for a guided tour every half hour starting at 2:15 pm. Self-guided tours and static displays at visitor’s leisure 2pm – 4pm. Activities for the kids.

6. Simply Ducky Farm
Farm Type: Hobby farm
Address: 365 Southside Harbour Rd, Antigonish
County: Antigonish
Directions to Farm: Take Exit 35 off the Trans-Canada Hwy, and turn North onto the Southside Harbour Rd. for 2km. We’re located on the left, second house after the train tracks.
Hours: 10am – 3pm
Activities: Come down and see the goats, pet The Potato, say hello to some sheep, and meet the pigs. Take a guided tour of a small family-scale farming operation and learn what you need to know (costs, requirements, and benefits) to safely raise your own chicken and pork, keeping goats for milk, as well as sheep (for lamb and wool). We will also have miniature horses, rabbits, and other child friendly critters on hand. More details available at www.simplyduckyfarm.ca

7. Seafoam Lavender Farm
Farm Type: Lavender
Address: 3768 Hwy 6, Seafoam
County: Pictou
Directions to Farm: Halfway between Pictou and Tatamagouche (22km west of Pictou; 29km east of Tatamagouche). Corner of Hwy 6 and the Hedgeville Road.
Hours: 10am – 6pm
Activities: Please join us for a fun-filled, educational experience for the whole family. Learn all about growing lavender and how we make 67 artisanal products on-site. “Lavender 101” presentations given all day, every 30 minutes. Due to health department and insurance restrictions, pets are not permitted on the farm.

8. Lismore Sheep Farm
Farm Type: Sheep/Beef
Address: 1389 Louisville Rd, River John
County: Pictou
Directions to Farm: Farm is on Louisville road, just off Hwy 6, west of River John. From Truro take Hwy 311 to Earltown, turn right onto Hwy 326, continue through Denmark, watch for our signs.
Hours: 10am – 3pm
Activities: Barn is open with sheep and lambs to see. Displays with the story about sheep and wool. Wool crafts to try. Highland cows in the field. Free wagon rides. Wool shop open.

9. Ebbett’s Meadow Brook Farm
Farm Type: Livestock
Address: 8647 Nova Scotia 311
County: Colchester
Directions to Farm: From Truro, take Hwy 311 north to Tatamagouche (45km). From Sunrise Trail, take Hwy 311 south (6km). **When using google maps, use the location “NS 311”, NOT “Hwy 311”.
Hours: 12pm – 3pm
Activities: Hay wagon ride out over the rolling hills to visit with the cattle in the fields. BBQ hosted by Warmth by Design, featuring grilling on the “Big Green Egg”. Taste samples available and food for purchase. Tour the farm buildings and have an opportunity to visit with various farm animals. Retail farm market open.

10. Sugar Moon Farm
Farm Type: Maple Syrup
Address: 221 Alex MacDonald Rd, Earltown
County: Colchester
Directions to Farm: From Truro, take Hwy 311 towards Tatamagouche for 20km, Sugar Moon on the left. From Tatamagouche, head down 311 towards Truro for 20km, Sugar Moon on right.
Hours: 9am – 4pm
Activities: Indoor camp tours will be available at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm for $5/adult, $3/kids 12 and under (preschoolers free). See how we make our wood-fired maple syrup and hear how we’ve created a small-farm business out here in Earltown! All day maple breakfast (menu on website) in our log dining room. Beautiful hiking trails, and a little maple shop. Sugar on snow will be offered at 12pm and 2pm for $2/stick.

11. Sullivan’s Family Farm
Farm Type: Meat, produce, eggs, livestock
Address: 161 Sullivan Rd, Nuttby
County: Colchester
Directions to Farm: 20-25 minutes from Truro off Hwy 311 on your way to Tatamagouche.
Hours: 11am – 4pm
Activities: We will have Farm Tours, Wagon Rides , Farm Sales Table, BBQ, and Animal petting. Debit/Credit available at our sales table .. the rest of the event is CASH ONLY. ** Hands on animal interaction provided when able! **

12. Nic Nat Farm
Farm Type: Beef, U-pick strawberries, mixed livestock
Address: 5333 Hwy 366, Amherst
County: Cumberland
Directions to Farm: From Amherst take Route 366 25 km, farm is on your right.
Hours: 10am – 4pm
Activities: Come tour our farm! Animals include beef cows, pigs, chickens, ducks and donkeys. Meet the farmers and see our seasonal strawberry u-pick.

13. Wysmykal Farm
Farm Type: Organic mixed vegetables, organic vegetable baskets, market garden
Address: 1211 Chapman Settlement Rd, Chapman Settlement
County: Cumberland
Directions to Farm: From Amherst, take Highway 366 towards the shore. Turn right onto the Chapman Settlement Road. We are about 2km from the shore. Look for greenhouses on the left.
Hours: 10am – 2pm
Activities: Tours of the farm by owners. Veggies to taste.

14. Hampton Farms
Farm Type: Alpacas
Address: 8742 Hwy 2, Southampton
County: Cumberland
Directions to Farm: From Amherst, take Hwy 302 south for approx. 20 minutes. Or, from Springhill, take Hwy 2 south-west for 15 minutes. Or, from Parrsboro, take Hwy 2 north for 20 minutes.
Hours: 10am – 4pm
Activities: During the day (at random times) there will demonstrations of alpaca fibre processing, including skirting and carding. Herd health day will be demonstrated at 1:00 p.m., including body scoring and monthly immunization. Alpaca fibre products will be available for sale.

15. Cochrane Family Farm
Farm Type: Certified organic vegetable, seeds, and herbs.
Address: 5324 Hwy 289, Upper Stewiacke
County: Colchester
Directions to Farm: From Hwy 102, take Exit 12 to Brookfield and drive 26 km up the 289E. From New Glasgow area take Exit 20 and drive 65 km (45 min) on the 289W.
Hours: 10am – 3pm
Activities: Tours of our greenhouses, raised beds, high tunnels and gardens, as well as our seed production area. Over 130 different things grown here all certified organic, our farm market will be open with over 200 local and organic products. Coffee, tea, baked goods available for purchase. No pets or smoking. Registered service dogs allowed.

16. Moorbern Farm
Farm Type: Mixed
Address: 1438 Hwy 236, Scotch Village
County: Hants
Directions to Farm: From Halifax on Hwy 101 west , take exit 4 St. Croix. At the bottom of the ramp turn right onto Hwy 1. Continue for a few kms and turn left onto Hwy 215. Signs for Smiley Provincial Park and Stanley Airport. Drive approx 5-10 minutes. Look for the large Brooklyn Fire Department on your left, and veer right up the hill. Look for Petro Canada at junction of Hwy 215 and 14. Veer slightly left to continue on the 215, past the arena, up a hill and then veer right onto Hwy 236. Look for Quarry Road on your left, then Scotch Village sign on your right. Less than 10 minutes away you will find us. We are on the right, the first house immediately after Vaughn Road. If you see a sign for Mosherville you’ve gone a little too far.
Hours: 9am – 3pm
Activities: We are a husband and wife team who are new to farming. We created our Small Farm Dream in 2014 and are proud to share it with you.
Enjoy a stroll through our mixed farm. Meet our laying hens and their rooster, Mr. Rock-a-feather. Meet our heritage breed pigs, Bernie and Copper, and see them enjoying nature as it’s finest. Take a walk through our high-bush blueberry field and maybe find a berry or two that hasn’t been picked. (our picking season will officially be closed by Open Farm Day but we hope you’ll come back next year during August to pick at its peak!!)
We have available for sale:
Various pork products, such as sausages, pork chops, ham steaks, ribs and of course bacon!
Whole free range chicken. Most are between 5 and 6 lbs.
Fresh eggs
Frozen blueberries which are completely natural with no spray of any kind and
Limited supply of honey
Cash, debit and credit accepted.
We look forward to welcoming you!

17. Meander River Farm
Farm Type: Mixed
Address: 906 Woodville Rd, Ashdale, West Hants
County: Hants
Directions to Farm: Directions can be found on our website http://www.meaderriverfarm.ca/contact-us/
Hours: 10am – 5pm
Activities: Activities scheduled throughout the day- TBA. Brewery and garden tours, walk in the woods, music, pop up market with local vendors.

18. Grand Pré Wines
Farm Type: Winery
Address: 11611 Hwy 1
County: Kings
Directions to Farm: From Hwy 101, take Exit 10, follow Hwy 1, past the gas station. The winery is on the right.
Hours: 11am – 6pm
Activities: Free tour and tasting for those 19 and older at 11am and 4pm.

19. TapRoot Farm
Farm Type: Mixed Farm
Address: 1736 Church St, Port Williams
County: Kings
Directions to Farm: Exit 11 off Hwy 101. Right turn from ramp. Straight through lights to Hwy 358. Right turn onto Church St.
Hours: 10am – 3pm
Activities: Wagon rides, farm market, animal viewing, pond walk, u-Pick tomatoes, labyrinth, Jamaican jerk pork and corn boil.

21. Wood ‘n’ Hive Honey
Farm Type: Honey
Address: 128 Starrs Point Rd, Port Williams
County: Kings
Directions to Farm: Take Exit 11 on Hwy 101, travel to Port Williams, turn left onto Starrs Point Rd.
Hours: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Activities: Wood ‘n’ Hive Honey is an operating bee farm. There will be static hive displays, an observation hive, honey extractions, bee pasture and tasting all day. The retail shop has a complete selection of honey, candies, lip balms, lotion bars, food wraps, candles, and so much more.

22. Elderkin’s Farm Market
Farm Type: Sheep/Beef
Address: 10362 Hwy 1, Wolfville
County: Kings
Directions to Farm: Exit 11 off Hwy 101, keep right to Wolfville
Hours: 8am – 9pm
Activities: Upick, Cidery, Bakery.

23. Baldwins Nurseries
Farm Type: Landscape Nursery
Address: 500 Mines Road, Upper Falmouth
County: Hants
Directions to Farm: Follow the butterfly signs.
Hours: 9am – 5pm
Activities: Everyone is welcome to come and have a tour of our 5 acre nursery. Cold water and washroom available. Learn how to plant anything that grows here.

24. Meister Field and Forest
Farm Type: Beef/Agritourism
Address: 379 Glengarry Rd, New Ross
County: Lunenburg
Directions to Farm: Take Hwy 12 and look for Glengarry Road which is near Ross Farm and Peasants Pantry.
Hours: 10am – 4pm
Activities: Come tour our beef farm and then sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds from our event building. We will have cows, free range chickens, large vegetable garden tours, self-guided hiking trail and tractors for the kids to see.

25. Maplewood Maple Syrup & Christmas Tree Farm
Farm Type: Maple syrup and Christmas trees
Address: 2819 Barss Corner Rd, Maplewood
County: Lunenburg
Directions to Farm: Take Exit 11 off Hwy 103 and head north to Maplewood. From New Ross through The Forties turn left at Parkdale to Maplewood.
Hours: 10am – 4pm
Activities: View sugar shack, samples of maple products, wagon rides, view award winning woodlot.

26. Lunenburg County Winery at Hackmatack Farm
Farm Type: High bush blueberries and vineyards
Address: 813 Walburne Rd, Newburne
County: Lunenburg
Directions to Farm: Hwy 103 inland 24km to Newburne, exit 11 through the Cornwallis, right on Walburne Rd, 1st right driveway. Close to Indian Fall Park.
Hours: 9am – 6pm
Activities: Blueberry uPick, wine tasting, winery tours (9am, 1pm, 3pm), whales lake, vineyard walk at 10am.

27. Watershed Farm
Farm Type: Mixed vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, and livestock.
Address: 768 Allen Frausel Rd, Lunenburg
County: Lunenburg
Directions to Farm: From Highway 103, take Exit 13 which lands you on Route 325 inland towards Baker Settlement, Caledonia, and Kejimkujik. Follow this road for about 12 km through Wileville and Newcombville. Once in Baker Settlement look for a white Lutheran church on the right hand side of the road at civic number 5142. Just after the church, turn right onto the unmarked Monk Road. Follow this road for approximately 1.5 km. The second road off to the right is Allen Frausel Road just past a small bridge. Turn right onto this gravel road and proceed for approximately 300 metres passing a small house on the left. Our civic number 768 Allen Frausel Road is posted on the mailbox on your left side. Parking available on the road and in parking area to your right. The walk up the driveway to the top of the hill where you will see our barn is approximately 300 metres. Tours will begin at the barn where refreshments are available. (Driveway is not wheelchair accessible however there will be a shuttle van available for people who have difficulty with the hill.)
Hours: 10am – 4pm
Activities: Visitors will get to see our strawbale buildings, wind generator and solar panels, and take guided tours of our gardens and greenhouses. You can meet our chickens and ducks and see our bee hives and hear about our seed saving projects. Visit our workshop space where we conduct educational programs, workshops and events all aimed at bringing people into greater connection with nature and sustainable living and farming practices. We save seeds from a large range of heirloom tomatoes and hull less grains and many small fruit plantings as well as nut and fruit trees. Organic refreshments, produce, honey and herbal vinegars will be available for purchase.

28. Indian Garden Farms
Farm Type: Fruit and Vegetable.
Address: 15401 Hwy 3, Hebbville
County: Lunenburg
Directions to Farm: Take Exit 14 off Hwy 103. Drive 4.5 km and we’re on the right up the hill.
Hours: 9am – 5pm
Activities: Hayride to show crops growing. A pumpkin guessing contest for the kids. Corn maze. Airstream Café will be on site.

29. LaHave River Berry Farm
Farm Type: Berries, produce, flowers and plants.
Address: 5216 Hwy 332, Middle LaHave
County: Lunenburg
Directions to Farm: Coming from Lunenburg take Grimms Settlement road, when you get to the river turn left, look for sign in the front yard. Coming from Riverport take Hwy 332 towards Bridgewater, look for sign in the front yard. Coming from Bridgewater take Hwy 332 towards Riverport, look for sign in the front yard.
Hours: 9am – 4pm
Activities: We will be giving tours of our Haskap berry orchard, flower gardens, and answering questions. We will also be sampling Haskap berry jam and jelly.

30. Terra Beata Farms
Farm Type: Cranberry
Address: 161 Monk Point Rd, Heckman’s Island
County: Lunenburg
Directions to Farm: Drive from Lunenburg towards Blue Rocks. After 3km turn left onto Heckman’s Island. After 4km turn right onto Monk Point Rd, farm is the first driveway on the right after 1km.
Hours: 10am – 5pm
Activities: Free guided tours of the bog as well as our “cranberry kitchen” processing facility. Free cranberry appetizers for sampling.

31. Windmill Holsteins
Farm Type: Dairy and Biogas
Address: 1396 Hwy 224, Shubenacadie
County: Colchester
Directions to Farm: From the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, take Hwy 224 towards Musquodoboit. 3.4km on your left you will see 1396 (Gays River Rd.)
Hours: 10am – 3pm
Activities: We will be having tours of the Biogas and Dairy farm. BBQ from 11:30 – 1:00. Donations to Canadian Food Grains.

32. Vista Bella Farm
Farm Type: Orchard, Cidery, Apiary
Address: 2859 Malagash rd, Malagash
County: Cumberland
Directions to Farm: From Tatamagouche, take Hwy 6 for 10km, turn right onto Malagash Rd (beside car lot). Continue for 2km, at the fork continue down Malagash Rd for 3km. Farm will be on the left. From Wallace, take Hwy 6 for 8km, turn left onto Malagash Rd and continue for 5km, farm will be on the left.
Hours: 10am – 5pm
Activities: U-Pick, honeybee observatory, cider tasting (hard and soft). Orchard tour (every half hour). Learn about apple varieties, view honeybees in glass observatory, pick apples and small fruit.

33. Boates Farm
Farm Type: Apples and Pears
Address: 432 Bligh Rd, Woodville
County: Kings
Directions to Farm: Heading west Hwy 101, take the Coldbrook exit. At bottom of ramp head west (left). Look for Central Kings High School on right hand side, take the next right. Follow road signs to Woodville, we are at the crossroads.
Hours: 9am – 5pm
Activities: U-Pick apples

34. Gates U-Pick
Farm Type: Apples and Pears
Address: 1269 Starrs Point Road, Port Williams
County: Kings
Directions to Farm: Take Exit 11. At lights go straight through till overhead flashing light in Port Williams. Turn right, 1km Starrs Point Rd.
Hours: 9am – 6pm
Activities: Apple and pear picking. Free wagon rides. Picnic tables with Johny on the spot washrooms.

35. Courthouse Hill Farm
Farm Type: Dairy, blueberries, bio-energy, forestry & agri-tourism
Address: Farm Base: 2245 Hwy 202 Event Grounds: 2001 Hwy 202
County: Hants
Directions to Farm: Courthouse Hill Farm is located half way between Truro and Windsor, and 45 minutes North of Halifax
Hours: 9am-1pm at the farm (2245 Hwy 202) and 9am-6pm at the event grounds (2001 Hwy 202)
Activities: The Milk Run Event & Wild Blueberries from 9am-1pm (2245 Hwy 202). The Empire Trails are open from 9am-6pm (2001 Hwy 202). On September 15th at 10am, Courthouse Hill Farm will be hosting the 4th annual Milk Run in Gore, NS. This exciting event has been designed to showcase sustainable dairy farming and the power of milk! There are two run options: a 3km cow stroll or a 6km adventure bull run. Both Milk Runs will take participants around an active dairy farm where they will be able to recharge or indulge with some tasty milk treats along the way, including ice-cream at the end! It’s day of registration and the cost is $5 for youth and $10 for adults. Spread the word, bring a friend and we’ll see you there! For more information visit: facebook.com/themilkrun.ca or email us at courthousehillfarm@gmail.com

We’d like to thank all the farms participating in Open Farm Day this year! All of your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated!

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