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Explore Abbotsford with the Circle Farm Tour guide
Aug 06, 2015
The Circle Farm Tour is your annual guide to farm fresh experiences throughout the Fraser Valley! Support local food growers and businesses while exploring the best BC has to offer! Here are a few places to visit from the Abbotsford section of the guide:
We started our day at Lepp Farm Market to grab some brunch (check out the menu here) and a few snacks for the trip. If you are in a hurry or don’t arrive for breakfast, there are plenty of lunch and takeout items in the cafe and this family-run market has many unique items to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.
Neufeld Farms is another amazing all season market that sells the Neufeld family’s delicious chicken and berries. The market also has a great selection of appetizers, seafood, beef and pork, so be sure to pack a cooler so you can bring home something tasty to BBQ or bake later on that evening. Grab an ice cream cone while you're at it and relax at one of the picnic tables, no need to hurry away when visiting this family market!
If find yourself in Abbotsford on a Saturday, head over to the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market to pick up some fresh produce and check out the local artisans and crafters. Don’t forget to bring a cooler with ice to keep your purchases chill, this way you won’t need to hurry home.
If you have the kids with you, stop by Maan Farms and let the kids run off a bit of the day’s energy. You can sit in the shade and enjoy some berry lemonade while they meet the many animals in Maan’s petting zoo. Pick up a fresh baked pie for dessert tonight or enjoy a slice while the kids feed the goats. We spent an entire afternoon at the farm, check out the article here.
On to the Eco-Dairy, where the kids can play, touch and wander through the exhibits. The kids will learn all about what life is like on a dairy farm, the science behind the making of milk and meet the robot that does most of the milking these days. Be prepared to learn something new, no matter how much you think you know! Click here for a look at everything we saw on our visit.
Sparks Corn Barn is a short drive away and a great place to grab some fresh Chilliwack corn in season. You won’t even need to get out of your car because this place has a drive up window! The corn is sweet and perfect boiled or on the bbq.
After all that fun, the kids are likely needing a snack, so head on over to Birchwood Dairy Farm for some ice cream or lunch. Birchwood also has a huge variety of their ice creams, yoghurts, and other dairy products available to take home, so don’t worry if you can’t decide on just one flavour for your cone! Take a few more to try at home, you know the kids won't mind! Our favourite was the salted caramel, but the sheer number of options will leave you speechless!
Now you’re too close to Granny & Grumpa’s Antiques not to stop in and take a look at this phenomenal personal collection, said to be the largest in British Columbia. Owned by a husband and wife team of avid collectors, all of the decorated buildings are open from 9-6 and they accept donations for entry, which helps them to maintain this incredible place.
Granny will tell you that nothing is for sale, they just love to invite people in to look around and reminicse, but Grumpa often has a price in mind if you find something you absolutely love.
Onnink’s Blueberry Farm should be high on your list when you’re in Abbotsford. Pick up a few flats of their perfect blueberries or sit in the tea garden and enjoy some blueberry iced tea or blueberry coffee and chocolates. This is the perfect place to take a few minutes to rest and enjoy the beauty of the Fraser Valley.
Head on over to Mt Lehman Winery, just down the road from Onnink’s, for a visit to their tasting room. Sitting picturesquely on rolling hills, you can try a few of their award-winning whites (from Fraser Valley grapes) and reds (grown in the Okanagan).
Singletree Winery is just up the road and the perfect place to have that picnic. This estate vineyard is owned by an incredibly kind family and their tasting room overlooks the vineyard. Let them describe the nuances of the wines as you try each one, then head out to the picnic tables to enjoy a glass. The family encourages people to bring their own picnic (there is no food served on site so bring your own) and dogs are welcome in the picnic area (though not the tasting room). Read more about Singletree Winery here.
Kids need to work off a little more energy? Then it's time to head to Taves Family Farm to pick out a pumpkin, pick some apples, jump on the giant pillow and meet some new friends at the petting zoo. A corn maze and pony rides are onsite too, so make sure you have some time to enjoy this farm! We recommend an apple cider slushie no matter the temperature, they are delicious!!
If it’s getting close to lunch or dinner time, we recommend you stop in at one of two great restaurants on the Circle Farm Tour:
Tanglebank Gardens is home to a beautiful family-run nursery, fairytale gardens to wander through and Brambles Bistro. The bistro has seating inside or outside under the beautiful wood terrace. We had the lamb wrap during our visit and it was delicious (view menu here). Be sure to make time to wander through the nursery and gardens after your meal. You’ll be inspired to turn your yard into a wonderland before you know it and the husband and wife team that own Tanglebank are happy to provide any advice you may need to get started.
Restaurant 62 is another great choice for lunch or dinner. Located near the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market and a short drive from Neufeld Farms and Maan Farms.
Restaurant 62 focuses on local and in-season ingredients and prepares them in creative ways! They have a large outdoor patio and the kitchen is open to the restaurant so you can say ‘hi’ to the chef on the way to your table. Let the staff recommend a dish to you, they’ve tried them all, and take advantage of the specials to try something new! View the menu here.
There are 5 Circle Farm Tours to explore:
Tours are self-guided with road maps and detailed descriptions provided on the website and downloadable brochures.
We can't wait to see what you get up to!