The majority of Canadians are now three generations removed from a farm. Not long ago, everyone had a grandparent or an aunt who lived on a farm and loved having visitors. That is no longer the case as farmers only make up two percent of the population. This is very unfortunate because there are many lessons that are learned on the farm and the majority of the population is missing out. There is so much to see and do as you connect with nature and learn about your local food system. Here are our some of our best lessons from the farm.

1. Seasonality is reality

Unless you have a greenhouse, it’s difficult to grow anything in Canada during the winter. Once the snow melts and the ground warms up, farmers run around to get everything planted so they can be harvesting as soon as possible. Every season has its stars – maple syrup in the spring, berries in the summer, pumpkins in the fall. To enjoy the best flavours of the season, adjust your consumption to what is plentiful at different times of the year.

2. Pick your own produce

Have you ever eaten a raspberry right off the bush? How about a tomato? Do you know the correct way to pick an apple? Nothing tastes better than something you have picked yourself hours or minutes before you eat it — it gives a whole new definition to ‘fresh’.

3. Appreciate the cycle of life

Farmers say when you have livestock you have dead stock. It’s the circle of life. The same goes for pumpkin plants — you plant a seed, watch it grow, harvest some pumpkins, and then the plant dies. This connection is often lost in a city setting so a farm is a good place to re-connect and realize we are all part of that life cycle.

4. Experience Mother Nature

Visit a farm and get re-introduced to Mother Nature. Go prepared with sunscreen, hats, and water bottles on a hot day and spend some time in the fields and meadows to enjoy the beauty of what she has created.

Get a fresher outlook on life – visit a farm. To find a farm close to you, go to OntarioFarmFresh.com.