Are you ready for Open Farm Day? Held on the third Sunday of September every year, Open Farm Day is a great opportunity to get out and learn about the farming industry in Manitoba. Farmers and others in the agriculture and agri-tourism industry open up their farms and venues to the public.
Meet a farmer, take a tour, try some food, participate in various activities, learn about how any why our food is grown and produced, and about agriculture’s history all while having some hands-on fun!
This year, 56 Farms across the province are participating, 13 are located in Eastern Manitoba. This is a one-day event happening on September 15th while we wish you could go to all of the participating farms, it just wouldn’t be possible, so we’ve put together a list of 5 Must-Visit Farms.
Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre
Explore the interactive exhibits and displays in the Discovery Centre including a view of the operational hog barn. Try your hand at the farm simulator game. Learn about different crops and livestock farms in Manitoba. Hop on the trolley to ride out to the farm and see dairy cattle, beef cattle, layer hens and market-ready broilers. Make homemade ice cream. Manitoba Pork Council will be serving pork on a bun midday until supply is exhausted.
Kismet Creek Farm
Tour the petting farm and animal sanctuary and get up close and personal with goats, sheep, alpacas, miniature donkeys, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, pigs, horses and steers; as well as a number of friendly cats. There will be hands-on activities and opportunities to learn about different species and their amazing rescue stories. Plan to bring a picnic lunch – picnic tables, play structures, washrooms and nature trail with a pond is on site.
Penner Pumpkins Farm Store
Pick pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. Pre-picked pumpkins for sale, Photo opportunities, Learn about pumpkins. Hot dogs, chips and drinks for sale.
Moonshadow Holsteins Inc.
Location: St. Labre
Milking demonstrations from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tour calf barns, calving facilities, dairy barns and young stock sheds. Farm equipment will be on display. Tours will be offered in English and French. There will be complimentary coffee and donuts for all guests.
CD Trees and Redpoll Farms
Christmas Tree Farm tour and Environmental Marshland tour. Visitors will be able to purchase products, jams, pickles and seasonal garden produce. Food service available for purchase.