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Have Fun On-The-Farm During Open Farms Day

Friday October 7th, 2022, 8:34am


Open Farms Day in Windsor Essex takes place on Saturday October 8th. Open Farms is an event to celebrate local farms, residents, food producers and more by giving locals the opportunity to explore on-the-farm experiences and learn more about the food culture and processes in the region.

You can visit and register for your free digital pass that will guide you to the eight on the farms experiences at different W.E. Heart Local program participants. If you check-in at least five of the experiences you have a chance to win a $500 W.E. Heart Local prize package. All experiences will be free with a registered pass, and give a glimpse into farm life and processes.

It is the opportunity to taste, sip and learn through thoughtfully curated experiences, including:

  • Essex County Federation of Agriculture at The Little Cider Company – Farm Safety activities 12pm to 4pm
  • Hawksview Honey – Learn about the life cycle of a bee at 11am and 3pm / Bee hive box painting at 11am to 4pm
  • Ortaliza Urban Farms – Microgreen blind tasting 2pm to 4pm / Learn to grow your own microgreens at 2pm and 3pm
  • Oxley Estate Winery – Grape Harvest 1pm to 4pm, taste the fresh juice before fermentation starts
  • Sauve’s Country Market – Dairy Educator from 10am to 6pm with a life size artificial cow to milk
  • Bally Bright Farms at Sauve’s Country Market – Get up close and personal with a heifer and calf from 10am to 6pm
  • The Little Cider Company – Witness apple pressing 12pm to 5pm and learn about the growing stages of apples and the making of apple cider
  • Dockside Fisheries – Stop in for an Oyster Shucking Lesson from 11am to 12pm or 1pm to 2pm

“Tourism Windsor Essex is excited to present this one-of-a-kind event to help educate locals and visitors about the importance of supporting local, and learning about the process that brings our favourites from the farm to your table” said Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex. “Each farm is offering a unique experience including tours, harvesting, oyster shucking and more to showcase the diversity of farms and culinary partners in our region.”

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