Have you ever wondered how organic farms work, or the pace of life outside the hustle and bustle of the city? On May 24, you’ll be able to find out if you take a little road trip through the greater GTA countryside and participate in the Farm Crawl Hamilton. (Aside: In my young and single days, pub crawls were one of my favourite ways to lose a weekend. But now, old and happily encumbered with family, this Farm Crawl sounds like a way better time – and no hangover to boot.)
For my city slicker child, a chance to go to an actual live farm or 5 and see how the production of food (and other things) really works is incredibly valuable. And on May 24 (and July 19th!) during Farm Crawl Hamilton, kids (and adults) will get to explore 6 different farms producing things as diverse as organic vegetables and beef, lavender, raspberries and hostas, hens and sheep, bees and flowers. Area farms organize this twice-annual event to help bring the people closer to the farm – and to have a lot of hands-on fun, too. There’s opportunities to see demonstrations, learn how the farms are preparing for the upcoming summer season, and even get tips for growing plants in your own garden. There’s a chance to purchase products (hostas, baby!) and see what’s new. You’ll also get an experience with beekeeping and a chance to interact with some of the animals. Just imagine the joy of walking through a lavender field, or seeing some brand new baby animals. Oh!
You can plan for about 30-60 minutes at each farm, with about 15 minutes of driving between each farm. Take a picnic lunch and make a day of it.
Farm Crawl Hamilton Tickets cost $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 5-16, and free under 5. You can buy tickets online, or onsite at Weir’s Lane Lavender & Apiary , ManoRun and Jerry’s Berries/Lotsa Hostas, and at affiliate farm stores at Hilltop Blooms, Harrington Lane, The Boar and Chick, and Waterhall Farms (July only)