Have Fun On-The-Farm During Open Farms Day

Tourism Windsor Essex Celebrates Real Farms, Real Food and Real People

Windsor, ON โ€“ Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island in partnership with the Essex County Federation of Agriculture present Open Farms Day in Windsor Essex 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.

โ€œTourism 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 tableโ€ said Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex. โ€œEach 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.โ€

You can visit www.weheartlocal.ca and register for your free digital pass that will guide you to the 8 on the farms experiences at different W.E. Heart Local program participants. If you check-in at least 5 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

  • Sauveโ€™s Country Market

Dairy Educator from 10am to 6pm with a life size artificial cow to milk

  • Bally Bright Farms at Sauveโ€™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

โ€œOpen Farms Day will be the perfect way to entertain the family before the holiday feasts begin on the long weekend. We encourage everyone to register for their free pass for a self guided experience of our growers and producers and leave an economic footprint by making purchase for their family feasts, centrepieces and dessert tables as they exploreโ€ said Orr.

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