From farm to fork: 5 places to find farm-fresh products in Lanark County
If you’re looking for local farm-fresh products, you don’t need to travel any further than scenic Lanark County, where you can experience the best of Mother Nature’s bounty, all year long. Renowned for its picturesque fields and small farms, farm-fresh products are found in local country stores, year-round. From seasonal fruits and vegetables to berries, honey, maple syrup, cheeses and meats, Lanark County has a reputation for sustainable, wholesome and delicious farm-to-table products.
Extend your experience in Lanark County by planning a stay in a local bed and breakfast, and enjoy farm-fresh products with your morning meal. Take in an event, live theatre, or hike the many fantastic trails that traverse the region for a locally-inspired experience you won’t forget.
You don’t need to wait for summer to satisfy your craving for local farm products in Lanark County! Here are five places you can find farm-fresh products, any time of the year.
- Coutts Country Flavours – 1240 County Rd. 18, Perth
This hub for local farm products is located near Perth on a fifth-generation farm that’s been operating since the mid-1800s. This country store is unique, as it carries local rainbow trout, raised right on the adjacent farm! Other local farmers provide pork, antibiotic and hormone-free chicken and turkey, lamb, bison, eggs, honey, vegetables, berries (in season), fruits, tomatoes, cheese, preserves and more! Only a short drive from Perth, Coutts Country Flavours has everything you need to create delicious farm-to-table meals.
- Foodsmiths – 106 Wilson St. W., Perth
Foodsmiths is a legend in the local food scene. Started in 1976, this quickly growing retail outlet has evolved into a health food and grocery store that carries fresh local produce, cheese, honey, maple syrup, and more. Foodsmiths is the place to go to find the hard-to-get farm products like garlic scapes, fiddleheads, spring greens, and locally grown asparagus. While in Perth, consider extending your stay with a stay at Perth Manor, an apt fit considering this architectural gem once served as a dry goods mercantile house.
An overnight stay would pair equally well with some live theatre from talented local performers, and Perth is home not one, but three theatres offering quality productions, year-round. The Classic Theatre Festival is an award-winning professional theatre company that presents fresh takes on classic plays; try their Classic Dinner Theatre on Tuesday evenings from June to August, and enjoy a delicious meal and theatrical performance, at the same time. Other Perth theatre companies include Full Circle Theatre, and Studio Theatre Perth, both hosting fantastic performances with world-class appeal.
- Bowness’ Farm to Table – 2610 Scotch Line Rd., Perth
Bowness’ Farm to Table is an alternative to the farmers’ market, and a venue for local farmers to sell their products, year-round. Located right on Bowness’ Farm, this store is only minutes from Perth and Carleton Place. Here you’ll find local cheese, pork, beef, lamb, kombucha, preserves, hot sauces, maple syrup, honey, eggs, and produce (depending on the season). You can even purchase locally made cosmetics here!
- Dandelion Foods – 451 Ottawa St., Almonte
Located in the “friendly town” of Almonte, Dandelion Foods is taking local to the next level, and is a full service organic grocer that carries farm-fresh products, year-round. With a focus on providing top-quality, natural and organic products, they carry local fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, honey, maple syrup and more. Some of their products are grown only a few miles away from the store!
While in Almonte, plan your visit to include a hike at the picturesque Mill of Kintail, and a stay at one of two renowned bed and breakfasts, Riverside Inn and Menzies House 1850. Also in Almonte is the acoustic marvel, Almonte Old Town Hall, a performance facility where you’ll find theatre, musical performances and more. World-class music is performed here, from both Folkus Concert Series and Almonte in Concert. For a swinging good time, plan your visit around a classic big band experience from Standing Room Only.
- Balderson Village Cheese – 104 Fallbrook Rd., Balderson
Experience true old-fashioned country store charm at Balderson Village Cheese, in Balderson, Ontario. This cute country store was originally home to a cheese factory dating back to 1881. Although cheese is no longer made on-site, the store sells the famous Balderson Cheese brand, and also stocks local meats and cheeses, maple syrup, honey, coffee, preserves, and more. They are the place to stop for an ice cream cone for the kids.
Cap your day off in Balderson by making the short drive to Lanark Village, where you can spend the night at Clyde Hall Bed & Breakfast, a luxury five-star accommodation that also happens to be situated on a working maple sugar bush. Enjoy maple syrup made on-site with your morning breakfast! Nearby is Purdon Conservation Area, one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County, and a unique wetland known for its large colony of Showy Lady’s Slipper Orchids. These rare flowers bloom between mid-June and early July, but if your visit is outside of these months, don’t worry! The boardwalk walking trail through the conservation area is a pleasant walk, any time of the year.
Of course, if your quest for local foods happens to fall between May and October, you can also visit a local Farmers’ Market, where you can get up close with a local farmer while browsing freshly picked produce, along with meats, cheeses, and more. Lanark County is home to a number of Farmers’ Markets, held on Saturday mornings in Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth, and McDonald’s Corners.