Feature: Take a Farm-To-Table Tour of Abbotsford With Kids

Not only is Abbotsford known for its sweeping landscape speckled with farmland as far as the eye can see, but the area has also sprouted some great new spots that have given the suburban sprawl some exciting city-like flavour, drawing families in from the surrounding areas, looking for a taste of the country.

Abbotsford is a great nearby destination to spend a day with kids, exploring the farm life, learning about where food comes from, and tasting some of the best food available in the Fraser Valley. Here are some must-visit farms and must-try food spots to include during your farm-to-table visit to Abby.

Four Fun Farms to Explore With Kids…

Honey bees | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Visiting the honey bees | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery Be sure to schedule a chat with owners Judy and Mike Campbell, who will ease your fear of bees with fun facts about the little buzzers (did you know that male honey bees don’t have stingers, and worker bees are all female!?). Get an inside look at how honey is made, and if you’re lucky, you may even get a chance to meet the Queen Bee herself! Pop into the big red barn and browse through the shop which features honey wines, natural and flavoured honeys, beeswax candles, honey soaps and more!

Petting a week-old baby goat | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Petting a week-old baby goat | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Mt. Lehman Cheese Co. Schedule a visit to Goat’s Pride Dairy, where you can visit with the on-site goats, bunnies and chicks that call the farm home. Check out the Cheese Room where the magic happens, and then pop into the McLennan Creek Farm Store to pick up some must-try freshly-made cheeses, produced right on site.

Saying hi to a dairy cow | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Saying hi to a dairy cow | Photo: Bianca Bujan

EcoDairy in Partnership with Science World You’ll want to set aside a couple of hours for your visit to this delightful demonstration farm – the first of its kind in Canada. Watch a cute cartoon video of how the cow milking process works, and then tour the dairy farm where you can go face-to-face with the cows who produce the milk found in the Vitala glass bottles available at most grocery stores. Watch in wonder as the cows willingly step into “Robbie” the robotic milker, and gaze at the goats that graze on the farm’s rooftop as you exit the barn. Then grab an ice cream cone and stroll through the picturesque gardens. Be sure to visit the on-site pigs, sheep and turkeys before you head off to your next destination!

Picking goji berries | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Picking goji berries | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Gojoy Farm Store & U-Pick If you haven’t tried goji berries yet (or if you have and love them), then you’ll want to stop in and pick some of these delicious super-berries at the Gojoy Farm. These little red berries (they taste like a cross between cherry tomatoes and raspberries) are not only good to eat, but they’re good for you too! Packed with nutrient-rich properties, these tiny little berries have earned super-food status. Kids will love picking goji berries right off the vine, and you’ll love experimenting with the wide range of ways that these delicious berries can be consumed.

Where To Feast During Your Farm Tour…

Cinnamon buns | Photo: Duft & Co. Bakehouse

Cinnamon buns | Photo: Duft & Co. Bakehouse

For breakfast, head to Duft & Co. Bakehouse, where you can find drool-worthy danishes, scones, cinnamon buns, and more – all freshly-made on site using high-quality, local ingredients. Nosh on a London Fog croissant (a local favourite) and sip on a fresh hot cuppa joe before heading out on your adventure through the country.

A delicious salad | Photo: Harvest Grill n' Greens

A delicious salad | Photo: Harvest Grill n’ Greens

Harvest Grill n’ Greens is the perfect lunch spot, featuring a great selection of healthy food for families on the go. Grab a perfectly-prepared panini, a sumptuous salad, or a selection of soup and dine in or pack it up and bring it with you. The chicken and brie panini, or the pulled pork ciabatta with kale coleslaw & tomato-bacon jam top the list of must-try sandwich creations.

Drool-worthy ribs | Photo: Brodeur's Bistro

Drool-worthy ribs | Photo: Brodeur’s Bistro

For dinner, you’ll want to head to Brodeur’s Bistro, where you’ll enjoy a mouthwatering meal in a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere. Chef Jay Baker blends cuisine from New Orleans and Montreal to create a one-of-a-kind menu that will please even the pickiest of eaters. Go hungry, because you’ll want to try it all – including the 24 side items available to add to most entrees, and the jaw-dropping desserts that you’ll want to share (the beignets and key lime pie are a must!). From fried chicken and waffles, to bread pudding, to a Montreal smoked meat monster sandwich, to kale quinoa salad, and fish tacos – this menu has it all.

Where To Stay…

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Sandman Hotel Family Suite | Photo: Sandman Hotels

If you’re interested in making a weekend of your visit to Abby, The Sandman Hotel (Abbotsford Airport) is a great spot to stay, positioned in a central location and offering accommodations that are perfect for families of all sizes (ask for the family suite which includes a separate room with a bunk bed, bean bag chairs and a flatscreen TV!). The hotel also has a pool, and an adjoining Denny’s, where you can pop in for a snack anytime day or night.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a day trip through the valley, or a multi-day getaway to Abby, the choose-your-own-adventure Circle Farm Tours will give you a comprehensive list of ways to explore the agri-tourism destinations that can be found in and around the Abbotsford area – a great way to enjoy the farm-to-table lifestyle of the Fraser Valley with kids.