April 7, 2011

Springridge Farm Opening Day - Friday April 8 2011

Big-A & Lil-J at the 2010 Harvest Festival.
Those who know me well know that I love Springridge Farm!  We've been making family trips there since Big-A was a toddler.  It's our favourite go-to location for spring, summer and autumn outdoor fun!  Tomorrow, Friday April 8, is their Opening Day for 2011!

A Little History...
Located on Bell School Line just north of Derry Rd in Milton, Ontario, Springridge Farm was purchased by Mississauga farmers, the Hughes family, in 1960.  Originally a sour cherry farm, they added pick-your-own berry crops and baking & fruit preserves to the business in the 1970's.

Today, the farm includes:

Big-A & Lil-J on the Farm Yard Pipe Slide!
  • Spiderweb Climber
  • Farm Yard Pipe Slide
  • A Giant Sandbox (filled with metal Tonka trucks and sand toys)
  • Farm Animals (goats, chickens, wild turkeys and more!)
  • Corn Trails
  • Straw Play
  • Escarpment Lookout
  • 40" Windmill
  • Antique Tractors
  • Tractor drawn Wagon Ride
  • Seasonal berry picking
Most of the activities above are part of their Fun Farm Yard.  The farm charges $4.00 (ages 2 & up) to access this part of the farm, and they also offer Seasons Passes for frequent visitors.

The farm also boasts a Gift Shop, Bakery and Cafe.  The Gift Shop is full of beautiful, unique items for inside and outside the home.  The Bakery has shelves stocked with jarred items such as fruit preserves and pickled vegetables, along with packaged scone mixes and delicious salad dressings.  Putting a gift basket together is easy at this place!  And a visit to Springridge is never complete without visiting the Cafe.  Thinking of the cheddar & chive scones, cinnamon pinwheel pastries, "Ontario's Best" butter tarts and strawberry custard tarts are making my mouth water!  All baked items are seasonal, but you can also buy frozen items off-season, like wild blueberry pie filling ready to pour into a pie shell.

The farm helps to celebrate the seasons with their Spring Easter Egg Hunt, Autumn Harvest Festival & Winter Christmas Open House.  They also book School Trips and Birthday Parties that are full of fun!

Visit their website at http://www.springridgefarm.com/ and Facebook page for more farm information, as well as contests and prizes.

The forecast this weekend in the GTA looks pretty good!  Saturday: 12 degrees with clouds.  Sunday: 15 degrees, chance of rain.  Take in some fresh, Canadian spring air and head to Springridge Farm this weekend.  Your kids will have a blast, and you will too!

Big-A, Lil-J & Daddy posing during a Corn Maze walk.

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