Take a FREE tour of Quebec farms
More and more, people are interested in knowing where their food comes from and what goes into producing it. Is it organic? Is it genetically modified? Are animals treated without cruelty? These are all questions many of us ask ourselves as we wander through the grocery store or farmers’ market.
A little over a decade ago, Quebec’s agricultural producers’ union (UPA) decided it wanted to find a way to bring citizens and farmers together in order and showcase how agriculture has evolved and to underscore how important their work is to Quebec’s economy. They decided to hold an annual open house day, where anyone could visit a participating farm and see what goes on.
The farms specialize in almost everything: vegetables, dairy products, Alpaca, sheep, black currant production and more. There will also be an event that same day to bring farm life to city dwellers; Parc Jean-Drapeau will be home to animals, tractors, a corn roast, sheep-shearing and cow-milking demonstrations as well as food tastings.
Approximately 100 farms across the province are expected to participate in the event, which takes place Sunday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For a list of participating farms, visit portesouvertes.upa.qc.ca.