KAWARTHA LAKES: Hundreds of Kawartha Lakes residents will drive throughout the countryside viewing various farms in the area, for the 15th Annual Kawartha Lakes Farmfest.
The event takes place on September 30th, and is a one-day self-guided tour of farms and rural attractions, throughout the Kawartha Lakes.
Kelly Maloney, event organizer, said the tour is always a great way to kick off the fall season.
“The nice thing about the tour is, it’s at the beginning of fall, right before thanksgiving, so as people are driving, they are going to get a great view of the fall colours,” she said.
On the site map, outlining all the different stops for the tour, there are maple leafs indicating places that have a good view of fall colours.
New farms on this year’s map include, Pigfest at Three Forks Farm and Dairyfest at Vosbrae Farms.
Pigfest at Three Forks Farm will feature pigs, turkeys, and chickens. All of the animals on the farm are pasture raised and people touring the property will be able to learn about the benefits of raising animals on pasture.
The other new farm on the tour, Dairyfest at Vosbrae Farms, will show participants what an active, working dairy farm looks like.
The farm features a brand new dairy barn with a rotary milking parlor. Visitors will see how the equipment is used to operate a modern dairy farm.
Kelly said, “They milk 140 cows and you’ll be able to see all those cows at the farm.”
She encourages everyone to bring their families out. The Farmfest is a great opportunity for children to learn about agriculture and how food is made.
“The great thing is, this is a fun day for all ages. On the tour, when I’m out travelling around, I’ll see families with young children, I’ll see couples, seniors, and grandparents with their kids. There is really something for everyone to see and learn about, at Farmfest,” Kelly said.
Participants of the tour will also develop a greater understanding of farming families and their practices.
“People will learn about the farm families and how they care for their animals and crops,” Kelly said.
She added, Farmfest also brings the community closer together, and lets everyone celebrate agriculture.
“It’s both a tourism event and local community event, so people get to know their local farmers, and know where their food comes from. As well, they get to celebrate the successes and challenges the farmers have each year,” Kelly said. “As well as, see some of the hard work that goes into growing our food, we eat every day.”
The event runs, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is free to attend for kids under the age of 14 and $5 admission for adults.
Admission stickers can be purchased at Kawartha Lakes Municipal Service Centres, in Omemee, Bobcaygeon, and Lindsay. They can also be found at Kawartha Lakes Library branches, in Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, Lindsay, and Bethany.
For more information about the Farmfest visit their website, at https://www.kawarthalakes.ca/en/business-growth/kawartha-farmfest.aspx