This post was written at the tail end of apple picking season last year and is another great option for picking your own apples this year. Have you been to Ferme Dagenais?
We made a recent trip to Ferme Dagenais in Embrun, Ontario, and exprienced a little taste of organic farming. Originally slated as an apple picking adventure, we quickly realized upon arrival that all the apples had been picked. We were given a long pole with metal prongs and a bag attached, and told “you might get some if you work really hard!”
When visiting a local farm, it’s best to call ahead, even if you have taken the time to browse their website (many small farms don’t even have websites). Pick-your-own produce tends to go fast, and it’s disappointing to make a long trip only to come home empty handed.
Fortunately this trip was not a disappointing one, as we discovered many parts of the farm where our little girl could run and explore.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the sweet dog-in-residence. She followed us around the whole lot, occasionally flopping over for a belly rub.
Next was the chicken coup, where we were greeted by the two lone geese and countless chickens.
The donkey had his say, serenading us with extraordinarily loud “hee-haws.” The little one found this hilarious.
In addition to this, there were pasture and barns for goats, cows, and turkeys, and a coop for laying hens. I also noticed a beautiful experimental garden, bee hives and a little cage of rabbits.
Farme Dagenais is a biodynamic farm – which attempts to balance the interrelationship between soil, plants and animals, while avoiding any external inputs (e.g. artificial fertilizers and pesticides). Although not every product may be certified organic, all things grown and sold from this farm are deemed “natural.” When it comes to produce such as apples – one of the “dirty dozen” for their pesticide residues – it’s sometimes worth the trip further outside of town.
As a bonus, we spent some time browsing the on-site natural food store “Le Tournesol,” run by Osteopath Sylvain Dagenais.
To find out more about Ferme Dagenais, visit http://www.fermedagenais.com/.