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Granville Island Market, Vancouver (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Granville Island Market, Vancouver (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Farms and markets have been a part of rural British Columbia life for more than 100 years.

Whether it’s the Fraser Valley, Thompson Okanagan region, or Vancouver Island, many farms welcome visitors for tours and demonstrations. Purchase fresh fruit and produce, just-collected free-range eggs, delicious cheese and milk, and much more.

Touring some of BC's best farms can provide a rather tasty education. It’s a chance to learn about organic farming and other sustainable farming practices – and taste a few samples! The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region has self-guided Circle Farm Tours to follow.

British Columbia also hosts farmers markets in many communities. Most farmers markets take place on weekends from spring through fall, but some places also have winter markets. Markets enable shoppers to meet the farmers and artisans who grew, raised, caught or produced the food for sale. Enjoy this tempting opportunity to taste a bounty of farm-fresh local foods and to browse and buy locally made arts and crafts.

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Arlo's Honey Farm - Kelowna

4329 Bedford Ln
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 3C5
Toll-free
Phone250-764-2883

Welcome to Arlo's Honey Farm for an experience that will change your thoughts on bees and the food you eat forever. This is a grass roots experience of bee keeping. A must if you are the slightest bit interested in honey, bees or food. Learn how the tiny honey bee enriches our lives and why we cannot live without them. Close your eyes and relax to the deep hum of these industrious little workers. Enjoy honey tasting in the gift shop and the many products from the hive. Book a tour of the farm to enjoy the bees, the flowers, fruits, vegetables and over 45 different varieties of garlic.

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Davison Orchards Country Village - Vernon

3111 Davison Rd
Vernon, British Columbia
V1H 1A2
Toll-free
Phone250-549-3266

Davison Orchards is Vernon's family friendly attraction with so many things to see and do! Fresh seasonal produce is grown right here on the farm and available for sale in the Country Market or used in the soups and sandwiches sold at the Deep Dish Cafe. Take the popular Johnny Popper Tractor Tour into the orchard and get a close look at how your food is grown. These farm tours are a great activity for all ages!

You can also pick your own apples and pumpkins in the Fall, play in the Crazy Cow Kids Corral all season long, visit the farm animals, and sample some of the gourmet foods and fresh pressed apple juice made right here at the farm.

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Dickinson Family Farm - Summerland

17208 Bentley Rd
Summerland, British Columbia
V0H 1Z3
Toll-free
Phone250-494-0300

Family owned & operated farm since 1912 with u-pick cherries (in season) and fruit stand. Camp in the middle of our orchard! Amenities include large grassed sites, fresh water, picnic table, firepit, very clean outhouse and pay showers. Proud owners of the world's tallest tripod orchard ladder. Visit and wander through this heritage orchard or book a tour & learn how the fruit is grown. Call ahead to place an order. We will have your fruit cooled, packed & ready to go when you are.

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EcoDairy in partnership with Science World - Abbotsford

1356 Sumas Way
Abbotsford, British Columbia
V2S 8H2
Toll-free
Phone604-557-5481

EcoDairy in partnership with Science World inspires young minds to discover the science and technology behind where their food comes from. Our highly interactive learning environment has been developed in partnership with Science World British Columbia, the province's leading science and technology education facility.

With help from our mascot, Vicki the Cow, you can test your skills at milking a cow, take a journey through a cow's digestive system and learn how we use cow manure to power our farm.

In our dairy barn you will meet our cows and watch Robbie the Robotic Milker show off his milking prowess!

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Granville Island - Vancouver

1661 Duranleau St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6H 3S3
Toll-free
Phone604-666-5784

Where else in the world can rusty tin-sided factories boast rebirth as a Public Market, shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries, a hotel, and so much more? Formerly an industrial area, Granville Island's ambiance is uniquely amazing. Performers, artists and great food await.

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Kensington Prairie Farm - Alpacas & Alpaca Products - Langley

1736 - 248 St
Langley, British Columbia
V4W 2C3
Toll-free
Phone604-626-4395

Kensington Prairie Farm raises Huacaya Alpaca and Polled Hereford Cattle, produces quality hay/silage for the local market and offers contract equipment services to local farmers. Open to the public on Fridays (12:00 pm-5:00 pm) and Saturdays (10:00 am-4:00 pm), visitors are encouraged to tour the farm, visit the alpacas and shop at the retail store. The store features a broad array of specialized locally produced and imported alpaca fibre products, including roving, yarn, quilt batting, hand-knitted items, socks, hats, mitts, gloves, scarves, apparel, throws/blankets (including our luxurious 'Signature' collection), duvets, pillows and mattress pads. The farm also features alpaca meat products, artisanal honey and hormone-free, naturally raised beef (sides, quarters or by the piece). Farm tours available by appointment only.

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Matheson Creek Farm - Okanagan Falls

29 Eastside Rd
Okanagan Falls, British Columbia
V0H 1R5
Toll-free
Phone250-497-8989

Our family has been farming along the east shore of Skaha Lake for more than 65 years. We grow over 15 varieties of apples, 8 varieties of peaches and plums, pears, table grapes, tomatoes, corn and much more.

We won 1st place at the National apple competition in Toronto (2014) with our Pinova apples and 2nd place with our Ambrosia apples. Fruit is picked daily and sold direct from the farm. More than your average fruit stand, it is constructed of straw bales, stucco and reclaimed wood.

Matheson Creek Farm is truly a perfect place to experience some of the freshest fruit you will ever enjoy.

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Morningstar Farm - Parksville

403 Lowry's Rd
Parksville, British Columbia
V9P 2B5
Toll-free877-248-4353
Phone250-954-3931

Morningstar Farm is home to Little Qualicum Cheeseworks & MooBerry Winery, where we produce a selection of world-class cheeses and award-winning fruit wines. Come visit us - take a look around, sample the different cheeses, taste the various wines, tour the farm & visit all the animals. We'd love to meet you!

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Planet Bee Honey Farm & Meadery - Vernon

5011 Bella Vista Rd
Vernon, British Columbia
V1H 1A1
Toll-free877-233-9675
Phone250-542-8088

Planet Bee Honey Farm & Meadery - one of the Okanagan's favourite family attractions. You can watch live honeybees busily working behind glass performing their amazing bee dance & producing their numerous nutritional products which can enhance our health & well-being. Join us for in-season, educational presentations on honeybees & marvel at these incredible insects in the indoor glass observatory or the safe & fully screened outdoor honeybee demonstration areas. The Honey Health Boutique, offers numerous educational displays & posters with free honey tasting & a full selection of all-natural bee products; honey, pollen, propolis, Royal Jelly, beeswax & candles. And now introducing Honeymoon Mead.

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Sandy Acres Berry Farm - Salmon Arm

2250 - 40th St SE
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
V1E 1X9
Toll-free
Phone250-832-5398

Welcome to Sandy Acres Berry Farms, a family owned and operated orchard offering cherries, strawberries, raspberries blueberries and more.

Located right beside the airport, we are a great pit stop, to enjoy the Okanagan sunshine at one of our picnic areas or to stretch out your legs under some shade.

Pick up fresh seasonal fruit or our homemade syrups and jams, made right on site! We also offer farm tours, please see our website or contact us more details and specific harvest times.

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