Open Farm Days 2017

COME MEET YOUR RURAL NEIGHBOURS

Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food.

As well, some of Alberta’s most talented chefs and rural communities will be hosting a memorable series of farm to table culinary events that will be held around the province on August 20, using Alberta farm products.

Farms across the province will open their gates on August 21. Admission is free. Join us and explore Alberta this summer.

List of Hosts

John Parsons Open Farm Days Tour

Check out these itineraries for self drive tours throughout Central Alberta:

Open Farm Days 2016 Tour East

Open Farm Days 2016 West

Open Farm Days North East Central

Open Farm Days South East central

Open Farm Days South west

 

Lacombe County Hosts:

High Field Farm ltd.

FARM TYPE

Dairy

HOST

The Steeneveld Family

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

(403) 352-0836

DATE

Sunday, August 21

HOURS

11am-5pm

DESCRIPTION

Come and tour our modern dairy farm and learn about where your milk comes from. During your visit you can see the baby calves and watch the milking process starting at 4:30 p.m.

DIRECTIONS

From Hwy 2 head west on Hwy 12, turn north (right) onto RR 27-3 for 3 km, turn east (right) onto Twp Rd 410 for 1.5 km, turn north (left) onto RR 27-2 for 900 m. The farm is on west (left) side and is the second driveway.

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Bles-Wold Dairy

FARM TYPE

Dairy Farm

HOST

Ben Varekamp

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

403-782-3380

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DATE

Sunday, August 21

HOURS

10 am- 4 pm

DESCRIPTION

Learn about and explore a dairy farm at Bles Wold Dairy. Participate in a farm tour, learn about and see the calves, cows, feeding and equipment. Farm fresh yogurt tasting will also be offered.

DIRECTIONS

From Ponoka: West on Hwy 53, then head south on RR 270 for 13 km. The farm is on the west side. From Lacombe: North on Hwy 2A. Turn west on to Twp Rd 41-2. Go north on RR 270, then west on Twp Rd 41-4

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Ellis Bird Farm

FARM TYPE

Wildlife Sanctuary

HOST

Matt Burton & Jenith Ible

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

403-586-4547

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DATE

Sunday, August 21

HOURS

11 am- 5 pm

DESCRIPTION

Take a stroll on the trails, enjoy the beautiful gardens, see the world’s largest outdoor collection of bluebird nest boxes, take a tour out to our bluebird trail, visit the Visitor Centre and linger in the Ellis Café. Enjoy a country drive in Central Alberta. We invite you to visit us! We will offer sampling of local farms products and preserves for all to enjoy.

DIRECTIONS

From the south: Go north on the QE 2 or on Hwy 2A to the Blackfalds turn-off. Go east on Hwy 597 for 15 km, then north on Prentiss Road (RR 26-0) for 4 km. The farm is on the left, across from MEGlobal site. From the north: Take the QE2 to the Hwy 12 East turnoff at Lacombe. Go through the town of Lacombe, then continue east on Hwy 12 for 8 km. Turn south on Prentiss Road ( RR 26-0) for 8 km. The farm is on the right across from the MEGlobal site.

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Flying Cross Ranch

FARM TYPE

Riding Lessons & Cattle Ranch

HOST

Roy & Christina Sturgeon

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

403-350-7368

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DATE

Sunday, August 21

HOURS

12 pm- 5 pm

DESCRIPTION

Come out and have some fun with us! Learn about our horses and why we raise long horn cattle. Learn how to rope like a cowboy. Have fun in the petting zoo or go for a pony ride! Fun for the whole family!

DIRECTIONS

From QE2 exit east on 431, then go across Hwy 2A and the railroad tracks. Go 1 km east on Milton Road and take your first left on RR 26-3. Go 1 km north to 41129 on the east side.

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Hidden Valley Garden

FARM TYPE

U-pick Vegetable & Fruit

HOST

Jim & Lesley Hill

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

403-887-3778

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DATE

Sunday, August 21

HOURS

8 am- 8 pm

DESCRIPTION

Visitors to Hidden Valley Garden will have the opportunity to u-pick a wide variety of vegetables and berries. The owners will be on hand to answer questions about produciong vegetables and how to harvest and store produce.

DIRECTIONS

West on Hwy 11 to Hwy 20. Turn north on Hwy 20, then drive 9.6 km to Twp Rd 392 (Jarvis Bay Provincial Park Intersection). Turn east onto Twp Rd 392, then turn south immediately into Kayton Estates. Stay on the service road and watch for Hidden Valley Garden sign on the east side.

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Lacombe Blacksmith Shop

FARM TYPE

Museum, Operating Blacksmith Shop

HOST

Lacombe Historical Society Blacksmith Volunteers

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

403-782-3933

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DATE

Sunday, August 21

HOURS

11 am- 4 pm

DESCRIPTION

Hear the anvil ring and watch as dedicated blacksmiths and apprentices bring to life the oldest operational blacksmith shop in Alberta. Blacksmithing demos will take place all day from 11am-4pm. Meet our blacksmiths and learn about this traditional craft that was once integral to the farming community in Alberta.

DIRECTIONS

From Hwy 2, drive east on Hwy 12 (50th ave) into the City of Lacombe. Turn left onto 51 St, right onto 51 Ave, and then right onto 49 St. The Lacombe Blacksmith Shop is on the right side of this one-way street.

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The Farm With the Good Food

FARM TYPE

Mixed Livestock and Forage Production

HOST

Susan, Glen, Esterina, MacGregor, Sophia, & Elesiana

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

(403) 347-0516

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DATE

Sunday, August 21

HOURS

10am-5pm

DESCRIPTION

Major shopping in a 2 story antique shop, carrying a huge eclectic collection of local and international items- many with a farming focus. Farm gate sales of free range eggs, beef and pork. Tours to view cattle, horses, baby pigs, hens, ducks, etc.

*No debit in store – VA, MC, Cash only

DIRECTIONS

From Hwy 2 at Red Deer, go west on Hwy 11 or 11A for 3 km. At the blue tourism signs saying “Holme Hus Antiques”, turn north or south as indicated. We are on the east side of RR 282.

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