Salad Days Farm
Updated: Aug 23, 2021
Toronto - May 9th, 2021 - After last week’s #FarmFail, Alex and I were determined to successfully visit some of the farms on our bucket list this weekend. By way of recommendation from a friend, we came across Salad Days Farm and added it to the top of our list. To our luck, this weekend was the farm’s opening weekend!
Located in Belwood, Ontario, about one hour away from my home in Etobicoke, I woke up bright and early (for a Saturday) and scurried out the door filled with maximum energy and excitement for our visit. Alex and I met on site at 10:00am sharp (opening time for Salad Days) and were greeted by an adorable farmhouse-style house painted blue, situated on a sprawling plot of land. Lucky enough to be the first shoppers of the day, we went inside where we met Laura and Dave, owners and operators of Salad Days Farm.
Through conversion with the couple, we learned that they moved from their condo in Toronto six years ago with a good idea, 7.2-acres of newly purchased land, and the will to make their dreams come true. Though Dave had exposure to farming through his childhood, it was Laura’s deep interest and passion for the industry that brought them to their spot in Belwood. What was previously a horse farm has been converted into a beautiful farm prepared for organic vegetable production.
Now let’s talk about the food. There is a beautifully curated mix of products available at Salad Days Farm’s market. Apart from the selection of farm-to-table meats made at another local farm, and smaller goods such as organic sauces and spreads, the self-grown produce really is the star of the show. Available now for purchase, the farm has arugula, spinach, sprouts, and more cool-season crops (I knew our last #MotivationMonday post would come in handy again) harvested and ready. Alex and I practically gawked over the head of organic lettuce they had on display - more beautiful than most bouquets of flowers I have seen. Needless to say, I cannot wait to make my mom a fresh arugula salad as a part of our Mother’s Day meal tomorrow.
I strongly encourage that you take the drive to Belwood to visit Paula and Dave. Not only can you speak to them directly to learn more about their organic farming practices, but you can endure the experience that is their not-so-small organic farm. We can’t wait to go back in July to check out their progress in the thick of growing season.
For more information visit the Salad Days Farm website to learn more.