Bay of Quinte Tourism

Tag: Farming

Meet The Farmers: Cheer Farms

Two staff from Cheer Farms wearing red shirts and black pants, sitting on a bench in front of a red door.

Fall fun on the farm in Brighton!

THE CHEER FAMILY – CHEER FARMS 365 Main Street, Brighton Pass on the pumpkin-spice products and go straight to the source instead. Cheer Farms may have garnered a reputation as an autumn destination for apples, pumpkins and squash, but Farmer Dave (as he is affectionately known) is harvesting the freshest produce throughout the entire growing season. Along with his wife, Loraine, and their two daughters, Kim and Jennifer, they go at full speed from Mother’s Day weekend through Christmas ...

Meet The Farmers: Willow Creek Farms

SUE & TIME VANDEN BOSCH – WILLOW CREEK FARMS 1442 Frankford Road, Quinte West Note: photos taken in 2019, pre-COVID-19. You can’t help but turn your head at the abundant farm stand on Frankford Road, colourful vegetables like a seasonal billboard inviting you to dig in. What started as a few baskets of tomatoes at the side of the road has evolved over 25 years into Sue and Tim Vanden Bosch’s farm in Quinte West, plus two satellite locations ...

Bay of Quinte Entrepreneurs: Brad + Rachel Gibson

Brad and Rachel Gibson, farmers and owners of Opoma Farms in Quinte West, standing side by side in front of a field.

An interview with Brad and Rachel Gibson of Opoma Farms. Describe your business. Opoma Farms is a generational farm that has evolved over the years. It started as a dairy farm then transitioned to beef and chicken followed by turkeys and organic cash crops. We are now primarily focused on our 100% grass fed and finished Red Devon beef. Rachel and I are now third-generation farmers on this land and together with her parents have the largest herd of ...

Young Entrepreneurs: Kayla Seyler and Mike Hook

Two people standing facing each other holding bunches of garlic.

An interview with Kayla Seyler and Mike Hook of Arcadia Farm. Instagram: Describe your business. We’re a startup permaculture farm. Permaculture means “permanent agriculture”—it’s a set of design principles based on creating a self-reinforcing ecosystem which provides food, fuel, medicine and shelter. It’s a closed-loop system, meaning that the “waste” from one system is the input for another—like animal manure fertilizing plants, which in turn feed the animals; or trees protecting tender fruit from harsh weather, and the ...

Barns in the Bay of Quinte

Illustrations of barn types and accessories on an orange background with the title "Barns of Bay of Quinte."

Illustration by Jeannie Phan.

Lost in the maize of farms in the region? Wonder why barns look they way they do? Here’s a guide to use on your next drive exploring barns in the Bay of Quinte. Barns in Bay of Quinte Roof Styles 1 Gable A simple roof with two sloping sides, it’s the earliest style of roof seen on barns. Initially, they were very steep. 2 Gambrel This style of roof increased in popularity in the late 19th century as herd ...

Rural Entrepreneur – Dahlia May Flower Farm

Meet the Growers: Melanie of Dahlia May Flower Farm in the Bay of Quinte

“You must do something to make the world more beautiful,” and so begins a grandfather’s request to his granddaughter in the award-winning children’s story The Lupine Lady. Melanie Harrington of Dahlia May Flower Farm sat on her father’s knee as he told her this true story of a young girl setting out into the world, scattering flower seeds and sharing beauty everywhere she went. It was a lesson deeply etched, and for that we are thankful. With this fuel ...

Meet a Local Series – Kailey and Rich

Meet Kailey Bosch and Rich McFarlane. And their dog Fender. The two are the owners of the Melrose Market Garden located in Belleville. This duo is producing some fresh and local veggies for those in the area. Rich grew up in the house that is now the Melrose Market Garden and Kailey grew up not far, just over in Corbyville. Rich was introduced to the farming life from a very young age, with his family being farmers; he is ...

Meet the Growers: Green Wheel Farms

Meet the growers with urban agriculture from Green Wheel Farms in the Bay of Quinte

Urban farming is not a new concept. Max Valyear, owner of Green Wheel Farms, will be the first person to tell you that. Other provinces, even other countries, have been doing it for years. The West Coast, for example, has been inspiring Max for some time now. The concept is quite simple in both form and function. Grow fresh food close to home; better yet, right at home in your very own yard, front, back or both. Doesn’t matter. ...

10 Things You’ll Only Find in Bay of Quinte

Here in the Bay of Quinte, these 10 gems are just part of everyday life. If your fingers are stained orange, you smell of sweet apples and sugar, and you bring out the blue suede shoes each August… You might just be in the Bay of Quinte Region. Hawkins Cheezies Originating in the northernmost reaches of the region, Hawkins Cheezies moved from Tweed to Belleville, Ontario in the 1950’s. 66 years later, the vibrant-orange snacks still call the Friendly ...

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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.