We have a “share” in a farm just outside of Wakefield called “Juniper Farm” (http://juniperfarm.ca/). They had an open house last weekend and the Boy and I went on an adventure to check it out. (getting there was an adventure – I couldn’t figure out how to get my GPS to search for an address in Quebec, so we had to wing it based on my memory of the Google Map I’d seen. Luckily the road the farm was on, was just off the main road and as we were driving along – all of a sudden I saw the turn off. It would have been too bad to take a two year old almost an hour out of the city, only to have to turn around because we couldn’t find what we were looking for!)
Once we found the farm (which really is quite easy to locate), we had a great morning. The weather was cool and overcast, and it’s been pretty wet, but we had our rain boots on and were able to tramp around, get a bit muddy and have a look at where our veggies come from.
A highlight was a trip to the chicken coop. It was fun to see many of the sustainable agricultural practices that I’d read about in various books (like “the Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “Salad Bar Beef”) being put into practice on this farm. They have the chickens on the fields that are fallow this year and move the pens around as they eat up the grass. As they eat the grass, they dig up the soil as well as fertilize it with their poo. It’s a great source of nutrients for the soil and an extra source of income for the farm, which sells eggs and meat.
A highlight for the Boy, was a trip into the chicken coop to look for eggs. The farmers have a son a little bit older than he is who showed him the ropes. It’s pretty exciting for a city boy (and his city momma) to get right into the pen with the chicks and go collect fresh eggs.
We had a fun morning out in the country, it was great to meet the farmers and see the exciting things they are doing on their farm to try and grow food organically and sustainably. We were members of this farm last year (although we didn’t make it out to the farm) so we can vouch that the veggies taste great. The CSA shares are sold out for this year but you could get food from Juniper Farm at the Chelsea and Wakefield farmer’s markets as well as at their farm store.