Explore Abbotsford: Take A Circle Farm Tour

By on March 31, 2015
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No visit to Abbotsford, or the Fraser Valley for that matter, is complete without taking advantage of one of the areas prime tourist attractions and sources of economic activity – The Circle Farm Tour.

After the lumber industry opened the area up economically there soon followed a wave of agricultural immigrants and, after the draining of Sumas Lake, one of the world’s most fertile valleys was opened up for agricultural production.

Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the of the Valley’s primary source of income – the local farm.

A Circle Farm Tour is basically a road map that directs you to a variety of specialty farm-gate vendors, open air markets, charming eateries, heritage sites, fairs, and other special events. There’s a brochure and map for each participating community.

The Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour Includes:

Enjoy the City in the Country – Take a look at what we have to offer!

1. Granny & Grumpa’s Antiques
Our farm is located in the heart of the Fraser Valley on Sumas Prairie. We believe that we house the largest single private collection of antiques in the entire province of British Columbia. Come and spend a couple of hours or all day; you will be amazed. If you feel like bringing your lawn chair and a picnic basket you are more than welcome. If coming with a large group please phone ahead.

Open: Daily 10- 6
37936 Wells Line Road | 604.854.1033 or 604.308.1918

2. Birchwood Dairy
Join us for our own old fashioned gourmet ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, milk products and Feta cheese. *NEW* tasty cheese curds! Fresh produce, deli, an animal display and outdoor eating area for birthday parties, school tours & regular tours.

Open: Jan 1 – Jun 11 & Sept 1 – Dec 31 9-6. Jun 12 – Aug 31, Thu – Sun 8-6, Mon – Wed 8-6
1154 Fadden Road. 604.857.1315 | www.birchwooddairy.com

3. Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery
Catch the fun! We offer self-guided and guided tours, educational programming, birthday parties, fishing instruction, and summer camps all related to BC’s freshwater ecosystems.

Feb 16 – June 20 & Sept 7 – Nov 30, Tues – Sat 10-3, Jun 21 – Sept 6, Mon – Sun 9-3
34345 Vye Road. 604.504.4716 | www.gofishbc.com

4. Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery
Our country store and commercial meadery offer a wide variety of beehive products including honey wines, flavoured and natural source honeys, beeswax candles, tasty honey comb, soothing ointments, honey soaps and hand creams, and more sweet treats for the soul. Candle making workshops. Educational tours “From the Hive to the table” (June- Aug), Call for an appointment.

Store hours: Tues-Fri 12-6, Sat. 10-5, open Sun 12-5 (June to Dec), *store closed January
2595 Lefeuvre Road. 604.856.2125 | www.bchoney.com

5. Tanglebank Country Gardens
Visit our cottage-style family Nursery with our many themed display gardens to trendy home and garden decor, annuals, perennials, trees and unusual plants. Try our gourmet food items, soaps and candle products. Cultivating the art of living Beautifully.

Feb – Dec, Mon – Sat 10-5
29985 Downes Road | 604.856.9339 | www.tanglebank.com

6. Rockweld Farm
At our family run farm, we grow certified organic fed, BCSPCA Certified chicken and eggs. Our birds are antibiotic-free and are processed at a federally inspected plant, air chilled and certified Halal. Fresh and frozen whole birds and pieces are for sale at our on-site store. We have wheat free chicken, wood smoked deli & sausage meats. Check our web page for summer hours.

Open: Mon & Fri 12 – 5:30, Tues & Thurs 3:30 – 5:30, Wed 10-5:30, Sat 9:30-5.
34205 Townshipline Road | 604.859.1199 | www.rockweldfarm.com

7. Clayburn Comforts Soap & Body Works
Enjoy a fragrant escape in historic Clayburn Village. We use only natural ingredients for our handcrafted soap bricks, Travel Easy 3-in-1 bar, aromatherapy soy candles, solid hand creams, skin care & baby products, & melt-in-your-mouth chocolate bricks. Delight your senses with a stroll through our native habitat country garden.

Tues – Fri 12-5pm; Sat 12-4pm
34866 Clayburn Road | 604-855-0420 | www.clayburncomforts.com

8. Little Farm House in the City
Licensed Restaurant, Gift Shop & Bed & Breakfast Drift back in time while discovering our beautifully restored 1927 heritage building featuring homestyle cuisine. High Tea daily, Homemade baking, over 200 Specialty Tea’s, Chocolates & giftware selections, as well as the beautiful B&B Suite. Restaurant availabel for Catered Private Functions nightly.

Mon – Sat 8:30- 5, Sun 8:30-4
2551 Montrose Ave. | 604-854-2382
www.littlefarmhousecountrymarket.ca

9. Restaurant 62
At Restaurant 62 our menu is in harmony with the seasons. we source products from the local area farms & incorporate them in our menus. We are a boutique restaurant with private seating for 22, ideal for private & corporate groups. Our catering services extend beyond our doors to any location in the Fraser Valley.

106-2001 McCallum Road | 604.855.3545 | www.restaurant62.ca
The tours are self-guided, meaning that you travel in your own car, at your own pace, when it suits you. Each community brochure/map directs you to about twelve venues. All are related in some way to agriculture and the area’s farming heritage.

Depending on where you live, what your interests are, and how much time you have, you build your own itinerary for a day trip or full vacation. For each community, there’s a list of special events, and accommodation options along the route.

To Learn More And To Book Your Circle Farm Tour Click Here.
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About Editor

Mike spent 20 years in the newspaper business as a journalist, editor, sales manager and publisher before moving into public relations and business consulting. In 2008 he became founding editor of the Abbotsford Post and he is co-owner of Today Media Group. Mike graduated from the University of Alberta in 1970 with a BA in Political Science and Economics and has since pursued graduate studies in both Federalism and Journalism. He has a Diploma in Web Design from Academy of Learning.

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