Farm Fresh Farm Stores
The combination of picturesque fields and rolling hills of Tay Valley make this region the perfect location for small farms to prosper. Here, farm stands can be found at the end of quiet country lanes and a farm tour will help you cross items off your grocery list as you tour.
Sunflowers, Pumpkins and More at Scotch Line Farm
After nine generations this family of farmers know what they’re doing. Drop by their on-site farm store and see what good things have been growing (and baking) on their farm. From Angus Beef to photos with sunny sunflowers, there’s always something going on at this agricultural spot. In fall they have pumpkins and pumpkin pies, freshly baked just for you.
Bowness Family Farm (a.k.a. the Old Log Barn)
If it’s in season you’ll find it at Bowness Family Farm. Located just outside of Glen Tay, you can’t miss the log barn perched along Scotch Line just outside of Perth. Everything you find in this store is either grown right on site or from the local agricultural community. Fill your larder with fresh, in-season veggies, farm fresh eggs, and pasture-raised lamb, beef, and pork, and more.
Green and Growing at Little Stream Bakery
When it comes to organic and environmental sustainability, Little Stream Bakery is way ahead of the pack. The first thing you’ll notice when you come upon their small bakery are the solar panels they use to help power their facility, and they are supporters of environmental sustainability. Drop by their on-site shop and pick up farm fresh Beking Organic eggs, Artizen Kombucha, fresh baking, and the organic, wholesome breads they bake on-site.
Everything Blue at Balderson Blueberries
Open seasonally, Balderson Blueberries is a celebration of everything blueberry. Pick blueberries straight of the bush while wandering a field of blueberries and when your basket is filled sit down for a cup of tea – blueberry tea of course – in the cozy on-site farm store.
Stop and Smell the Flowers at 4th Line Florals
Imagine a farm that grows three-acres of beautiful, fragrant flowers. Located in Tay Valley Township, Sylvia’s 4th Line Florals has an on-site self-serve farm store that makes it easy to pick up your specially arranged bouquet. Order through the website and pick up your bouquet from the pumphouse, and while you’re there get a closer look at the fields of flowers where all the magic happens.
Grab a Bite
While you’re in the area, you’ll want to plan a stop to grab a bite to eat and Tay Valley is home to two food trucks that will have you planning your next trip out to the region. Stop by Tater Time just outside of Perth on Christie Lake Road. Panchos Tacos Food Truck in Balderson is a new addition to the food truck scene, but offers outdoor seating and has a prime location near the Balderson Cheese Store, where you can pick up an ice cream dessert. Looking for baked goods? Harvest Bakery has an amazing selection of home made breads and pies, and CA Cafe at 21980 Highway 7 in Maberly is a great location for a coffee and a butter tart on your way home.
Spend the Night
Combine your farm tour with a weekend getaway at one of these accommodations:
Pine Brae Wilderness Escape
2112 Elm Grove Rd.| 613-200-8705 | pinebrae.ca
2585 Bolingbroke Rd. | 613-273-5950 | cobblestones.on.ca
Murphys Point Provincial Park
2243 Elm Grove Rd. | 613-267-5060 | ontariopparks.com/murphyspoint
Silver Lake Provincial Park
22726 ON-7, Maberly | 613-267-2000 | ontarioparks.com/park/silverlake/
Also see Willow Creek Stables!