Take your tastebuds for a day trip to a bustling working farm — with an award-winning chef
A visit to Juniper Farm, just outside Wakefield, Quebec, is balm to the soul of anybody who is looking for nature immersion with a serving of good food. Here, you can easily pass a couple of hours visiting with chickens, dogs, cats, donkeys, as well as a pot-bellied pig and a rabbit, all while admiring the endless rows of perfect organic, biodynamic vegetables that stretch into the distance.
Through a takeout window, find nutritious and creative food by award-winning chef Caroline Ishii. She has designed the menu of take-home products such as salads and dressings, soups, and bowls, as well as veggie-inspired muffins, and sandwiches stuffed with fresh ingredients including pesto, greens, house pickles, and roasted veggies. Enjoy them at a picnic table just a few feet away. (Food miles travelled here are essentially zero.)
Inside the cheerful yellow 100-year-old farm store, find farm-grown fresh vegetables and fruit, honey from Apiverte hives, house-made products such as kimchi and sauerkraut, as well as beef, lamb, and goat meat from farmers who live on neighbouring land. Watch for seedling sales in May, as well as musical family farm mornings through the summer.
Take a stroll through the fields and see a truly working farm. “Just please don’t bring your dog because we have so many sweet furry and feathered friends,” pleads Juniper Turgeon, co-owner of the farm with Alex Mackay-Smith. “We like to think of our farm and its offerings as a dose of homeopathy to help recalibrate in this liminal world.”
375 Chem. Shouldice, Wakefield, Quebec www.juniperfarm.ca