Top 10 Farm Experiences
- Fill your basket or backpack at any of our five weekly farmer’s markets. While you’re here, hit the trails, hiking, cycling or mountain biking to your favourite picnic spot
- Let the scent of ripe aging cheddar, parmesan or gouda whet your appetite before embarking on Jerseyland Organics’ dairy tour
- Root for your favourite entrants into Rock Creek’s Fall Fair livestock competitions
- Escape city life. Live the life of a rancher (if only for a day) at PV Ranch in the North Fork Valley
- Shop on the honour system, picking up fresh laid eggs and just harvested produce at farm gates and roadside stands from one end of Boundary Country to the other
- Take the tour, watch the demonstration and reconnect with the Doukhobor’s agricultural traditions at the Doukhobor Heritage Flour Mill in Grand Forks
- Taste tree-ripened apple cider. Pick your perfect pumpkin from the patch. It seems like that fresh baked apple pie is begging to be tasted. Come celebrate the harvest at Spencer Hill Orchard’s annual harvest fest
- Spend the weekend at the Grand Forks Fall Fair, a Boundary Country tradition since 1910
- Teach young children about barnyard life at Jerseyland Organics’ petting zoo. You’ll find exotic pheasants, peacocks, goats and pot-bellied pigs here.
- Learn about your food and how best to prepare the ingredients you purchase. Or, simply watch Boundary Country culture unfold at our five weekly farmer’s markets
Good to Know Before You Go
- Many of the farms listed offer tours only by advance appointment. Avoid disappointment, call ahead to schedule your visit
- Open from May to the end of October as an informal welcome centre, tours of the Doukhobor Heritage Flour Mill can be arranged by visiting the Boundary Museum in winter
- Farmers’ market season is May to October
- The Grand Forks Fall Fair runs the final weekend of August
- The Rock Creek Fall Fair takes place mid-September
Experience the Richness of Rural BC
Tour and taste your way through Boundary Country and experience the richness of life in rural BC. Cultivating the land surrounding Grand Forks dates back more than 100 years. It continues to this very day. Doukhobors once called our region Fructova, which means fruit of the valley. The lush farmland almost always yields a bumper crop of fruit and root vegetables. Gather the clan, or your foodie friends and tour the whole valley. Stop along the way at family-owned farms, orchards, and roadside markets. Indulge in the full menu of stories found in Boundary Country.
Boundary Country Farms, Farmgates and Farmers’ Markets
Good things grow in Boundary Country. Shop our weekly farmer’s markets between May and October and discover what’s fresh in the valley!
|Grand Forks||Tuesdays and Fridays||8 a.m. to 1 p.m.||Gyro Park|
|Greenwood||Wednesdays and Sundays||8 a.m. to 7 p.m.||Miner’s Park|
|Rock Creek||Saturdays||9 a.m. to 2 p.m.||Highway 3
(Next to Christian Valley Service Building)
Indulge in our farm-to-plate tradition, where buying local begins with our growers. In a landscape of rolling ranch lands and fruit-filled orchards, you can tell much of our heritage is rooted in agriculture. Out here we support our farmers by buying local and eating fresh. It’s what we do. You can too at farm gates, fruit stands and our local farmer’s markets.
You can shop farmer’s markets on five different days in Boundary Country in summer. From Rock Creek, to Grand Forks and in Canada’s smallest city of Greenwood you can stroll through a riot of colour, touring food stalls packed with fresh produce grown right in the valley, known locally as the “sunshine valley”.
Pedal and Picnic
Pedal to a picnic along the The Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail) with ingredients collected at the weekly markets. Find the perfect souvenir of your Boundary Country vacation, handmade by local artisans who exhibit and sell their work at the markets. Nosh and snack your way through the open-air stands, indulging in homemade treats made with old world recipes. Talk to a farmer. Find out how your food was grown. Get their opinion on when it’s best served. Discover a new way to fix an old family favourite. Half the fun of shopping farmer’s markets is getting to know the folks you’ll meet along the way.
Say Cheese — Jerseyland Organics
Take your quest to discover where your food comes from one step further and go right to the source. Your first stop — Jerseyland Organics outside of Grand Forks. You can learn how cheese and yogurt are made, the organic way. Ripe with the aroma of ripening curd, one step inside the cheese shop will whet your appetite. Fresh yogurt, dry cottage cheese, butter and sour cream are all for sale here. Taste test or call in advance to take a tour. Explore the milking parlour, cheese factory, and cheese aging room. Bring the whole family along to wander the on-site petting zoo, home to exotic pheasants, peacocks, goats and pot-bellied pigs.
Pride of the Valley Heritage Flour Mill
Get a glimpse into our not-too-distant past where emigrating Doukhobors milled local grains into flour. The Pride of the Valley Heritage Flour Mill, originally built in 1915, now turns out additive-free flour you’ll find in area specialty stores and at the Boundary Museum. Explore the mill, learn how grain is transformed into flour, listen to tales of days-gone-by delivered by local characters who know the stories best. Operating as an informal welcome centre in summertime, you can arrange a tour of the Pride of the Valley Heritage Flour Mill in winter by visiting the Boundary Museum.
Live the Life of a Rancher
Escape big city life, get in touch with our rural roots and saddle up at PV Ranch and create your own legends of life at home on the range. Peacefully nestled in the North Fork Valley, it’s where you can live life as a rancher, if only for a day or two, just like the people who settled Boundary Country’s wide-open ranges. Haul in the hay, drive cattle up or down to their meadows, and chat up other ranchers over huckleberry pie. It’s all part of life on the ranch in Boundary Country!
Celebrate the Harvest
The changing colours of the trees signals the start to the harvest and Boundary Country’s fall fair season. Celebrate the harvest at Spencer Hill Orchard annual festival or at either the Grand Forks Fall Fair, in August or the Rock Creek Fall Fair in September.
Dine on your favourite fair food. If it comes on a stick, all the better. Have a laugh at the greased pig and livestock competitions. Cheer on your favourite. Marvel at the mastery of a gymkhana event and two-step to some country tunes. Rub shoulders with the locals and vote for your favourite pie. Maybe you could enter your own in the competition.
Celebrate the harvest at Spencer Hill Orchard near Grand Forks. You’ll be drawn into the orchard by the scent of tree-ripened fruit ready for picking just in time for the one-day festival in September. Set a spell beneath the shade of an old apple tree, listening to local musicians jam and drinking freshly pressed apple cider. Watch youngsters learn how to work the press, or roam the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect jack-o-lantern. Experience the very best of rural BC in autumn, it doesn’t get much more local than this!