Farm / Roadside Stand Tour | Participating in Open Farm Days 2023
Farm Type: Farmers Market Style Driving Tour
The Roadside Stand Tour (near Sherwood Park)
(Please note for the tour some of these producers will be at sites other than their farms to make it more convenient for you to visit them all. Use the addresses listed here to find them on August 20)
Take a trip through Strathcona County with a purpose. Stop at designated driveways that will be hosting local vendors. From Vegetables and beef to crafts and artisans. Think of it as a farmers market style opportunity that instead of walking from one booth to the next you hop in your car and travel through the beautiful countryside making an occasional stop to purchase from and meet local vendors. Pick up a passport at your first stop and collect stamps at each stop to enter for great prizes.
**Note some vendors are cash only so bring along some cash. ATM is located at the Ardrossan Recreation Centre.**
Start your trip at 22177 Wye Road, Ardrossan. This is the first stop of seven in the area. This is also the stop where you can register for your Roadside Stand Passport -Have your passport stamped at a minimum of four Roadside Stand stops to be eligible for some great prizes.
Community Greenhouse Project Stand (22177 Wye Road)
Here you will be introduced to the Ardrossan Recreation and Agricultural Society’s Greenhouse Project. This community project is designed to address food sustainability. Learn more about the project and the many other activities the Ag society is involved in. You dig potatoes will be available for sale with proceeds going to the Strathcona Food Bank. ardrossanrecagsociety.ca
The Farm (52530 Range Road 220 Ardrossan)
Just like any farm you will find a smattering of many things. Local products and even an opportunity to choose and dig up a spruce tree to take home with you.
Farm fresh eggs (while they last for $4 a dozen), Peacock feathers ($2), The Original Feed Bag shopping bags ($8-10), Jr Farmers Firewood bundles ($10 -great for camping), “Dig a Spruce Tree ($5 -bring a container to take your tree home with you).
The Pollinators (21569-Wye Road, Ardrossan at Courier Equine Centre)
Meet the operators of Nossa Farm. Nossa Farms raise queen bees and sell the excess honey and bees from the hives. They will have their honey for purchase and their knowledge of genetics to share. nossa.ca
Also at this stop, Wildwood Perennials will be set up. Purchase some new to you perennials to plant in your flowerbeds. wildwoodperennials.com
Dreamcatcher’s Nature Assisted Therapy (53044 Range Road 213, Ardrossan)
(This site is open only from 1-4 so plan your stops accordingly)
Horses, donkeys, minis, chickens, sheep, goats, and a cat who plays ‘Where is Waldo?’ … visit and interact with the staff, volunteers, and animals of the Dreamcatcher Nature Assisted Therapy programs. Find out more about their holistic healing, their Time On The Land program, their Academy, professional team building, specialized field trips, day camps, charity and take a walk through the Magical Forest Trail! Learn about how animals are an integral part of the healing and learning process for people from all walks of life, especially those who experience difficulty getting help. Bring along your picnic basket and stop and enjoy a picnic lunch in this tranquil setting. dreamcatcherassociation.com
Fellowship Farms (53027 Range Road 211, Ardrossan)
Here you can purchase local farm products that include grass fed beef, pasture pork and even some select vegetables. Have a visit with the mini donkey, JJ, and other farm animals during your stay. Purchase on the farm or find out more about how you can order meat packages online from fellowshipfarms.ca
Indulgences (Memorial Hall Ardrossan 60- 1st avenue, Ardrossan)
8 acres coffee
Though many would say coffee is a necessity there are certainly some amazing flavours you will find from this boutique roaster. Grown in the Antiqua Valley in Guatemala and roasted in Sherwood Park this micro lot specialty company not only has great coffee but a great story. 8acrescoffee.ca
A locally grown bouquet is a great indulgence. Bar OA’ S flower cart will be making a stop in Ardrossan. Pick up a bouquet of flowers. Bring your horticultural questions for Bryanna to answer. Everyone needs to stop and smell the flowers from time to time. BarOAfarms.com
*A great stop for your picnic lunch. Have the kids bring their skateboards along to try the new skateboard park or blow off some steam in the nearby farm themed playground.*
Oak and Aspen (21557-Wye Road Ardrossan)
Crafted in the Canadian prairies, Oak & Aspen’s products are made with simple, vegan and plant based ingredients. Our focus is on harnessing the earth’s offerings for a bath and body experience that is gentle, nourishing and perfectly aromatic as nature can be.
Feel good about products you put on your skin! oakandaspensoapery.com