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Montreal Families

This Just In: Open House at Local Farms

On Sunday, Sept. 13, 115 local farms open their doors to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to show kids where their food comes from, and spend a day outside in the country. Participating farmers range from beekeepers to dairy farmers to goat farmers. Hey parents, there are even some vineyards on the list! The open house happens rain or shine. And it’s free! Does it get more wholesome than this?

This annual event is being organized by the Union des producteurs agricole for the seventh year. Based on my experience at apple orchards, kids (well, boys) love not only seeing the animals, but also getting the chance to go on wagon rides and see tractors up close.

The event has a well-organized website to help families figure out which farm to visit and how to get there. When you get to the site, just pick a region, and you’ll get a list of farms. The list shows what kinds of farms are participating and some have a brief description, along with a picture of the family that runs it.

In terms of food, the farms offer tastings of their produce and some may sell food as well. To guarantee the kids don’t go hungry, it’s a good idea to pack some food. The site also mentions that there will be animation and games at the farms – it varies from farm to farm, and there isn’t a list of which farms that offer children’s activities.

One of the farms on the list that’s very family-friendly is Les Vergers Pierre Tremblay, an apple orchard in the St. Hyacinthe region (30 to 40 minutes from downtown Montreal). We have been there for apple picking three years in a row because it has a great playground area, pony rides and has delicious food in an indoor restaurant (picnic tables as well).

Have you been to the farmers’ open house? What farm do you recommend?

For more information, go to:
http://www.portesouvertes.upa.qc.ca/ or call 450-679-0540

For more information on Les Vergers Tremblay, go to http://www.vergerspierretremblay.ca/

Take a look at the September events calendar for more weekend activities.

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