Growing up in a city, kids don’t necessarily see where their food comes from or have the opportunity to pet a goat or watch a chicken scratch around in the dirt. Fortunately, there are a number of great family-friendly farms around Toronto and the GTA where you can reconnect with nature and run through a corn field, pick your own strawberries and apples, feed an alpaca, climb a tree fort or ride a pony.
Here are some of the best family-friendly farms in Toronto and the GTA.
Whittamore’s Farm in Markham’s Rouge River Valley has long been a favourite with families. Sadly, the Whittamore family announced this will be the final year they’ll open their doors to the public – so visit while you can. Whittamore’s has summer pick-your-own berries (strawberries will be ready to collect, and eat, in June) and a family fun yard, which is open daily through mid-September. Visit the animals in the barnyard, play in the sandpit, climb the giant tree fort, jump on a tractor ride and hike up the Strawberry Mountain for a view of the Rouge River Valley. Whittamore’s Farm shop sells seasonal produce, including rhubarb, berries and corn grown on their land.
$9.00 per person for visitors aged two and older.
May through to mid-September.
Springridge Farm sits on the Niagara Escarpment in Milton. The farm has been run by the Hughes family for six generations and grows crops, including strawberries and pumpkins, which are sold on site. Kids can run around Springridge Farm’s fun farmyard with a giant sandbox, run through the corn trail, or feed the goats. There are also wagon rides around the farm. Springridge Farm has an incredible bakery and are famous for their fruit pies and tarts. Pastries are baked from scratch and based on family recipes. There’s also a barbecue on the weekend and Springridge Farm regularly hosts special events, including author events and a food truck festival.
$6.00 per person to visit the fun farmyard for visitors aged two and over.
April through to December.
Since 1997, Forsythe Family Farms in Uxbridge has offered an on-farm market, pick your own and farm fun activities for families. Explore the barnyard adventure playground, visit the farm animals, and play on the pedal kart track. There’s also scavenger hunts, wagon rides and an animal cuddle station (bunnies!) is available on the weekends. Forsythe’s farm market sells fresh laid eggs (from their farm), stock locally sourced meats, homemade jams and fruits harvested from their fields. Forsythe Family Farms also run a Giving Garden, where volunteers who are interested in agriculture can help plant, grow and harvest crops and vegetables which are given away to families in need.
$6.00 per person for visitors aged three and older.
Season opens in May.
Located in Mount Albert, Ontario, Brooks Farms is a heritage farm where families can pick-your-own strawberries, gooseberries, peas, apples and pumpkins, depending on the time of year. There’s also a barnyard playground for the kids with farm animals, slides, a pirate ship and train rides. Brooks Farms also has a farm market selling seasonal produce grown on the farm, including asparagus, berries, rhubarb, corn, tomatoes, jams and maple syrup. Brooks Farms also plan to add a butcher shop in 2018.
$10.00 per person to visit the barnyard playground. Kids two and under are free.
Lionel’s Farm began back in 1956 in Scarborough and moved to its current location in Stouffville in the 80’s. Based on a love for farm animals, Lionel’s Farm is a great place to bring kids to visit (and feed!) an assortment of animals. Lionel’s petting farm is May through October and is home to over 70 animals, including sheep, goats, alpaca, llamas, rabbits, and chickens. The petting zoo is an opportunity for families can learn about animals and their behaviours and are encouraged to bring food to feed the animals. Lionel’s list the food allowed to feed animals on their website (which includes baby carrots, celery, apple slices, lettuce and bread). Younger kids can also go for a pony ride. Lionel’s Farm also houses an extensive collection of antique horse-drawn carriages, buggies and sleighs.
Open May – October.
$2.00 per person for the petting zoo. Children under one are free.
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