A Country Path – Our Story

In the rural farming community, many stories are shared and ideas are born around the kitchen table.  Here are some of the stories behind “A Country Path”:

Garry, Gord and their two families operate Geissberger Farmhouse Cider.  Garry and Gord often talk about how their Grandfather and Father started their cider mill many years ago.  The original mill is still located on a section of their farm in north west Clarington.  However, the family now has Ontario’s only mobile cider mill, that can travel to an apple orchard near you!  And their packaging – “a bag-in-a-box” is so convenient.

Jenny & Ian

Up & over one road, you will find Jenny and Ian.  They are the fourth-generation farmers who operate the Knox Pumpkin Farm.  Originally a dairy farm, their big focus now is pumpkins & family farm fun!  From wagon rides & corn maze to face painting & animals, you will be sure to get into the fall spirit here.  Come Holiday Season, enjoy “Old Fashioned Christmas” activities with carols by the campfire & picking out your perfect tree.

Further north you will find Eric, Jenny, Aaron, Tasha, Aiden and Emma at Gallery on the Farm. As stewards of the land for 5 generations, their focus is certified organic “food.”  The Highland cattle are a point of interest and the Angus cattle are the focus for the freezer meat.  Aaron’s youth and “techie” knowledge has brought this farm into the new GPS and reduced tillage era.  Enjoy an impromptu cooking class here.  Expand your agricultural knowledge & view locally handcrafted gifts.

Just around the corner from them, you’ll find Petra and Martin at 3Beez.Buzz.  When you meet them, you will see their passion for their bee world.  In addition to offering their liquid gold raw honey, they also make beautiful beeswax candles.  While here, you will have an amazing view.  You just might want to stay over in one of the rooms here at Our Valley View B & B!

Heading on up the Enniskillen Hill, you will find Rosemary Jenkins, our talented potter.  She’s captivated by the endless possibilities of clay, specializing in wheel thrown, functional, stoneware pottery. Each piece is designed focusing on form then function and then back to form.  The colours are amazing!  A great place to shop for that someone special, including yourself.

In the Village of Enniskillen, you will find Timeless Essentials.   Crystal, a certified Herbologist, creates all natural, affordable,  handmade soap, bath and body products plus many other consumable items.   She believes that people should experience scents and flavours the way nature intended.   Crystal takes the time to listen & just  might have the perfect natural solution that you have been searching for!

Just down the road is the Tyrone Mills, built in 1846.  Owner Bob proudly says that it’s one of Canada’s oldest water powered grist mills.  A woodworking shop, blacksmith shop and an outdoor wood-fired Quebec oven have been added to enhance this historical property.  Bob doesn’t have to tell us about his “cider donuts to die for” made fresh on site.  We already know all too well!

And just a few minutes down Liberty Street, you will find Fred and Sandy at Archibald Orchards & Winery.  They are all about apples – fresh eating, pressed into cider, baked in pies… fermented into bottles of wine.  The orchard, with 12,000 apple trees and 13 different varieties of apples, is the perfect place to pick your own apples, a great fall tradition.  Fred loves to share his passions – growing apples and making fruit wines and ciders.  He also shares with complimentary tastings!

Back to the kitchen table…

After sharing these stories, we realized that we had a common goal – to offer a unique and authentic country experience.  Our close proximity to one another gives visitors more than on reason to travel the “A Country Path” route.  From farm to artisan to rural industry, our members provide an experience that could only exist in rural Ontario.  We invite you to take a trip down “A Country Path” to meet us, hear our stories and see what we have to offer!

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