Open Farms 2021 launches September 11

Glenburnie & Kingston, ON - (September 8, 2021) - On Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 Open Farms 2021 will once again offer residents and visitors the opportunity to connect with local food and the people who produce, prepare and cook it. New this year, Frontenac County has partnered with Tourism Kingston (Visit Kingston) to include both in-person and virtual elements, and has expanded Open Farms to include local farmers’ markets and restaurants as well as farm visits in both Frontenac County and Kingston.

Farm Visits: Three farms will welcome visitors to learn about agriculture and get a behind-the-scenes look at life on a real working farm. Pre-registration is required at all farms:

Farm visits have been the cornerstone of this event since 2018 as they offer visitors a unique and memorable opportunity to really connect with the food, the land and the farmer. Visitors are encouraged to review the activities each farm is offering at before they pre-register.

“The people who produce food in Frontenac are passionate about helping consumers make good decisions,” said Alison Vandervelde, Community Development Officer at Frontenac County. “We really hope that Open Farms inspires people to learn more about where their food comes from and to start sourcing more of it from local producers.”

Visitors are invited to celebrate local food in a variety of ways during Open Farms 2021:

Open Farms Community Hub at Centennial Park
Location: 4500 Centennial Park Road, Harrowsmith, ON
Date: Saturday, September 11 & Sunday September 12
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Shop and learn from local food producers and makers at a special expanded version of the Frontenac Farmers’ Market.

  • Enjoy a lineup of live acoustic music by local musicians and a magical appearance from Bry the Magic Guy on Sunday morning.

  • Learn about local food and farming from agricultural and community organizations.

  • Grab a tasty lunch from Gilmour’s Market or The Cookery and sip local beer from the Harrowsmith Brewing Company.

Farmers’ Markets
The Market at Wolfe Island Commons
Location: Located across from The Hotel on Wolfe Island in Marysville
Date: Saturday, September 11
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The market showcases local authentic quality food, art and products that balance the communities desire to live simply with an artistic flare.

Frontenac Farmers' Market
Location: 4500 Centennial Park Road, Harrowsmith
Date: Saturday, September 11 & Sunday, September 12
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Frontenac Farmers Market occurs every Saturday throughout the summer months and will be part of the Community Hub at Centennial Park.

Memorial Centre Farmers' Market
Location: Memorial Centre at 303 York Street, Kingston
Date: Sunday, September 12
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market is 100% producer-run. It was founded to increase access to sustainably produced, local foods in Kingston. Memorial Centre Farmers' Market features 30+ local farms, chefs and artisans, all within 100 kilometres of Kingston. 
9:30-10:30 a.m.: 
Free Yoga Class on The Grass led by Mona Warner of Janati Yoga School. Class will be gentle and geared to all bodies and abilities. No pre-registration required.
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Live music by The Little Burnt Potatoes
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Live music by Andrew Mack

Kingston Public Market
Location: Springer Market Square behind City Hall
Date: Saturday, September 11
Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Kingston Public Market is the oldest market in Ontario and has been providing food and a sense of community for residents since 1801.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Fort Henry presents Hilltop Histories children’s story time in the Lower Amphitheatre.
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Live musical performance by Chantal Thompson with John Torres.

A Celebration of Agriculture at South Frontenac Museum
Location: 5595 Road 38, Hartington, ON K0H 1W0
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 11 & Sunday, September 12
Admission: Free, registration is not required
The museum in Hartington will welcome visitors to learn about our region’s agricultural heritage.

Verona Free Methodist Church (parking lot) Outdoor Movie
Location: Verona Free Methodist Church (parking lot) 6804 Hwy 38, Verona, ON
Date: Saturday, September 11
Time: Movie starts at 8:00 p.m.
Admission: Free, donations to Verona Free Methodist Church will be gratefully accepted.
A celebration of agriculture on the big screen with a viewing of the classic farm film 'Babe'. Audio is available for those who want to sit out on a lawn chair, and via radio for those in their cars. A cash canteen will be open from 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Open Farms Feature Menus
Two local restaurants will offer Open Farms-themed menus built around local ingredients. After exploring real working farms, visitors will cap off their day by diving into a taste of the region through expertly prepared dishes. Distilling these experiences into a single day will really bring to life the farm-to-table theme.

Location: 1 Johnson St, Kingston
Dates: Friday, September 10 - Sunday, September 12

The Hotel on Wolfe Island
Location: 1237 County Road 96, Wolfe Island
Dates: Sunday, September 12

Kids’ Virtual Q&A Sessions
Designed for school children, the Q&A Series will provide young people the opportunity to talk with real farmers and food experts, learn about agriculture and the importance of local food in our communities. The series is being designed for students in grade 5 and 6, but kids of all ages are welcome to join these interactive and informative sessions. Sessions will take place September 14 – 17 and pre-registration is required.

For four years in a row, Frontenac County has coordinated Open Farms to help visitors and farmers connect and to celebrate local food and agriculture, educating visitors on where our food is produced. Local food is one of the three priorities in Frontenac County’s 2015 Economic Development Charter. Open Farms 2021 is being produced with funding provided by the Government of Ontario.

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  • Dinah Jansen
    published this page in News 2021-09-08 08:50:29 -0400