Northey Stables is a small family farm located in Thomasburg, ON. Marie and Fred Northey purchased the farm in the early 80s, and over the years have kept a wide variety of livestock. The farm is now home to a small sugar bush (though it doesn't seem small when you're the one collecting sap!), a flock of sheep, two donkeys, and some beautiful Rhode Island Red chickens as well as some "Banty"(Bantam) hens.
It is also home (again) to me!
My name is Laura. I am Marie and Fred's youngest daughter. After trying my hand in the "working world," I decided that I needed a different kind of work to make me feel fulfilled. Last summer, I spent seven months on a small organic farm in Nova Scotia, learning how to make a living doing what I love: growing vegetables. This will be my first season running a small CSA on my parents' property.
More than anything, what matters to me is ensuring that our farm has healthy soil that grows healthy food. This means using organic practices, feeding the soil first, and working toward a farm that is a self-sustaining system. Customers of Northey Stables can feel assured that they are supporting a very small local farmer, and but also supporting healthier food and a healthier local community.
In 2013, my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program will be small and somewhat experimental, but will lay the groundwork for years to come. Please visit my web site to find out more!
Lion and Raquilda van Zoeren and their three children have lived, since 2003, on the old Hungerford Road near Thomasburg on a 135 acre farm. Lion and Raquilda are from Holland and they met at the Ottawa Tulip Festival. Lion was playing music and Raquilda was selling Dutch products. They run their farm using horse power as well as tractor power. They have six heavy horses; two Clydesdale mares, a Shire, two Belgians and one Belgian/Clydesdale cross. Three years ago they started romantic sleigh rides through the woods and around the fields.
The sleigh ride is approximately 50 minutes long and can fit 10 - 12 people, and comes complete with sleigh bells jingling and hot chocolate. Give the van Zoeren's a call at 613-478-2604. (It doesn't have to be Christmas memories, they can do wagon rides all year long).
Palmateer Farms is a large cash cropping operation based on the Crockston Road west of Tweed. The first crop of the year is maple syrup. Stephen Palmateer has 5,000 taps in the sugar bush and the sap is piped to the sugar house. They have a new reverse osmosis system, which removes some of the water and raises the sugar concentration. This reduces the time taken to boil the sap to make the syrup. They do this is a large stainless steel evaporator. They have a new bottling system and bottle maple syrup to sell locally. The syrup they sell wholesale is in put into kegs.
Stephen and Vicki Maines and their three children are diversifying their farm into agri-tourism. The Maines family invites your family to make a visit to the Maines Harvest Farm pumpkin patch a fun part of your Thanksgiving and Halloween traditions.
Autumn 2012 - Unfortunately Maines Harvest Farm will not be opening their pumpkin patch to the public this year. The one torrential spring rain that occurred, washed away a lot of the newly planted seeds, then the severe lack of summer rain further hampered the crop and now an overabundance of pumpkin beetles are feasting on what little is left! We will be disappointed not to visit with all of our faithful autumn visitors but hope springs eternal with farmers and we hope to have a spectactular crop in Autumn 2013. Hope to see you then.
The Enright Cattle Company is owned and operated by Darold, Kara and Corben Enright. They raise purebred black and red Simmental cattle just South of Tweed, Ontario. Their philosophy is to raise the best quality beef possible while maintaining exceptional animal welfare practices, making environmentally conscious decisions and building a sustainable business in agriculture. Enright’s animals are raised on a natural, all-vegetable diet without the use of artificial hormones.The summer of 2010 was the first season that Enright’s planted sweet corn and offered it for sale also. All of their products are available from the farm gate. Enright’s also attend the Kingston Public Market on Saturdays (8:15am - 4 pm) and the Montgomery Inn Farmer’s Market in Etobicoke on Wednesdays (3-7 p.m.). You can also try their beef at many downtown Kingston restaurants such as Olivea, Le Chien Noir, Tango and Chez Piggy.