Open Farm

Open Farm

Dave KranenburgNovember 09, 2017

On Sunday, November 12th from 10-3 we are inviting our CSA shareholders, customers, market volunteers, chefs, butchers, grocers, neighbours, friends & family to check out what we've accomplished in our first year and to celebrate the end of our first season.

Your curiosity, support and business this season has taught us a lot about the future direction of the farm.

As we reflect on our first season, we think we might have taken on too much with mushrooms, pigs, goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, squb turkeys & quail.  Whew!!  It's great to have a big vision, but taking on too much too soon is exhausting.

We'll be making some changes to what we raise in 2018, focusing on the things where we've received the most positive feedback:  chicken, turkeys & mushrooms.

What can you expect?

It's a working farm, so expect animals, smells & dirt.   

As Artisanal Chicken Farmers, we follow biosecurity policies to ensure the health and wellbeing of our birds, as well as those of our neighbours (basically, limit the spread of germs from farm to farm).   You'll witness firsthand what this looks like (for instance, when you arrive, we'll ask you to sign a logbook and indicate whether you've been on any other poultry farms lately).

It's the end of the season, and most of what we raised this year is done.  So, on our farm right now you'l find horses, dogs, chicken, turkeys & mushrooms.  As you know, we rented land from a neighbour where we raised the pigs, rabbits, goats & other fowl.  The few remaining animals we have, our breeding stock for next year, we've decided not to transport just for the sake of putting on display.  The nesting pairs of pigeons and the rabbits are looking after young ones and the sows would get too stressed.

What is happening?

  • Farm tours, every hour on the hour
  • Soup & cider to keep you warm
  • Self-guided hikes through the 10+km of forested trails on the property
  • Photo opportunity featuring the century-old barn

What to bring?

  • hiking shoes & warm clothing
  • thermos / mug for soup & cider
  • curiosity & questions
  • a cooler to stock up on chicken & mushrooms

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I bring friends, family or kids?    Answer:  Most definitely!  This is open to anyone who wants to see a small, family farm and learn about how we've decided to operate and our vision for the years to come.  
  2. Can I bring my dog?  Answer:  No.   We love dogs & there's even a dog kennel on the property.  But our animals (chickens, turkeys & horses) do not share that love and are very scared of dogs...thinking they are wolves.
  3. Will you have things available for purchase?   Answer:  Yes.    Mushrooms & fresh chicken will be 20% off.  A freezer order of 4 roasting chickens (5-6lbs) will be just $100 (usually $125-$135).  And you can sign-up for our Winter CSA, giving you great food all winter long.
  4. How can I pay?   Answer:  Cash or credit
  5. Where do we park?  Answer:  On Maynard road, next to the farm.  You'll be able to see where to park as soon as you turn off of the 8th Concession.