It's art crawl time again, and everyone is excited. But there's another kind of crawl happening on Saturday that you should check out. Last month for my birthday, we took a little road trip out to Copetown to experience the rural life. Three local farms joined together to host the very first Farm Crawl in Hamilton. The new art crawl? It may just be! The second edition of Farm Crawl is happening Satueday, July 14. Manorun Organics, Weir's Lane Lavender & Apiary and Jerry's Berries are offering a first-hand look at running their farms and insight into the highlights and challenges of life in the country. It's a really fun way to meet local farmers and to learn about what they do.
For more than fifteen years Chris Krucker and Denise Trigatti have been practising organic farming. With 25 acres of land, they plant, cultivate and harvest vegetables, fruit and herbs by hand alongside their interns, local staff and four kids. Sidenote: they have seriously good looking interns. They made us pizza and made us weak in the knees. Consider us charmed. The family run farm also raises livestock and offers beef, eggs, jams and pickles through a Community Supported Agriculture model (CSA) and at farmers' markets, You may have seen them at the Dundas or Locke Street Farmers' Markets. And we love that they offer educational tours to school groups to teach the community about the value of local, sustainable food, how to grow food organically and seasonal food preservation.
We enjoyed yummy pizza made in a wood fired clay oven. Our favourite was the pesto with feta and arugula.
The interns gave a milking demonstration on Trish, the family's ten year-old Guernsey cow. And then Jacklyn showed everyone how its done. Have you seen this cute video yet?
While touring the herb garden, I discovered that I am in fact growing anise, not dill in my garden. And Denise was so kind to explain how to maintain these herbs which can spread like wild.
Anyone who knows us, knows we have a slight obsession with lavender. So when we heard about Weir's Lane Lavender & Apiary we knew we knew this farm was going to steal our hearts. Kevin Beagle and Abigail Payne grow English and French lavender on their ten acre farm and are also beekeepers. Just three years ago, they started with 2000 plants and they plan to add 20,000 more over the next couple years. The lavender also gives unique distinction to the honey they produce. It's delicious. Upon our arrival, they welcomed us with lavender lemonade, shared recipes for cooking with lavender and gave us an insightful tour on beekeeping basics. On site is an adorable shop featuring lavender products like sachets to freshen your drawers, essential oils, pillow and body sprays, liquid hand soaps and body washes. Our favourite was the French milled soap with lavender buds and honey.
Be sure to drop by the farm for a tour, shop at the farm store, see what is blooming and say hello to Hiro and Dewey, their adorable Viszla dogs.
Words cannot describe the lavender shortbread. You simply have to try it. And the lavender scones too.
For the Farm Crawl this Saturday, Jerry's Berries will have luscious raspberries in season. You can pick your own, and if you have a chance, try their homemade raspberry jam with yogurt. So yummy. Owners Jerry and Glenda Bargeman also grow 300 varieties of hostas on their farm. They sent us home with a hosta plant, and it is growing nicely in a shady part of my garden!
Tickets for Farm Crawl Hamilton are $15, and the farms will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. You can purchase them at the Locke Street Farmers' Market. Ort you can get them at the first farm you visit!