If the brisk autumn weather makes you crave the outdoors, there are some lovely and local farm stops you have to make before the season ends.
Just north of the border on Gladwin road is the sprawling Taves Family Farm, also known as Applebarn. A popular destination for artisan food lovers and families alike, there is something for everyone at this stop on the Circle Farm Tour.
Owner Loren Taves showed me around his farm, explaining how they continue to grow each year, adding attractions like a petting zoo, a corn maze, hayrides, jumping pillows, and a zip line. Catering to the under 12 crowd, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy all day long.
But before you forget, Applebarn is still a working farm. With acres of greenhouses, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and a country store, you can find fresh-grown apples, peppers, eggplant, pumpkins, squash and more along with homemade honey and cider.
Your armband is all you need to access all the activities on-site but if a quick trip is all you’re interested in you can also visit Applebarn at the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market.
Until Christmas, Saturdays from 9-1, at the end of Montrose Avenue off George Ferguson Way becomes the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market.
Market manager Bruce Fatkin told me one of their unique features is when you speak to a vendor, you’re talking to a person directly involved in creating the product you’re purchasing.
The Abbotsford market carries a variety of fruit, vegetables, jams, baked goods, soaps, jewelry, and more, all from local vendors selling in season. If you’re looking for organic, local, artisan products at competitive prices make sure to visit the market.
Bruce said one difference between farm markets and grocery stores are the amounts you buy. At a market you tend to purchase what you’ll consume in a week whereas at larger stores your tendency is to purchase food in bulk.
Watch the market website for the addition of local wine, beer, and spirit sales, expected to join the vendor list in the coming weeks.
Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city.