This fall, Oxford County is prepared to scare, entertain and fill your tummy! If you don’t believe us, check out these great farm attractions in the area. From fresh maple syrup on tap to the best county corn mazes, Oxford County has cornered the market on fresh farm goodness.
Oxford Honey is all the rage in the county for its fresh, sticky honey on tap all year round. The apiary, set in the countryside of Burgessville, has an abundance of bee products including unpasteurized honey, creamy liquid honey, beeswax candles, cosmetics and more. Seasonally, Oxford County farmer John hosts demonstrations that will have your head buzzing with excitement as you watch a beehive demo from within a screened viewing area.
Oxford County Cheese Trail
Oxford County goes hand in hand with a rich cheese heritage. At its peak, it was home to 98 cheese factories including Ingersoll’s historic James Harris Cheese Factory that created the Mammoth Cheese of Oxford, a 7300 pound block of cheese. Today, four excellent Oxford County cheesemakers carry on the tradition with their extravagant selection of artisan, handmade cheeses. Beyond cheesemakers, the newly revamped trail also boasts museums featuring agricultural history, dining experiences with local cheese/dairy ingredients and unique shops with agricultural roots. Follow the trail or map your own schedule. Autumn is a beautiful time of year to explore and understand why Oxford County is the dairy capital of Canada.
Maple Syrup: Jakeman’s Maple Products and McCully’s Hill Farm
Canadians take (or should we say intake) their maple syrup very seriously. With hundreds of brands to pick from, Oxford County maple syrup has really come out on top. With Jakeman’s Maple Products and McCully’s Hill Farm within reach, maple syrup has never tasted so good.
Jakeman’s Maple Products
The Jakeman tradition of maple syrup has been a longstanding one reaching back to the creation of the farm in 1876. Five generations later, Jakeman’s maple syrup has received numerous awards, been featured on the Amazing Race Canada and has been named the “best maple syrup in Canada” by a blind taste test in the National Post. Located in Burgessville, Ontario, Jakeman’s is open year round and specializes in the production of syrup as well as gourmet maple products including popcorn, coffee and of course, the coveted maple creme cookie. Stop by and visit the retail store located in the old Sweaburg general store and post office.
McCully’s Hill Farm
McCully’s Hill Farm also has a historical past as it was started up in 1847 by Elizabeth and Norman McCully. Although the land was originally cleared for maple sugar and a few other crops, the McCully tradition has reached into all sorts of farming endeavors since then including Holstein cattle, Tamworth pigs, forest conservation and more. Currently, the farm specializes in excellent maple syrup products as well as baking, meats and agricultural education. In addition to an excellent Maple Syrup Festival in the spring, McCully’s Hill Farm also offers excellent fall programming with their Farm Fresh Harvest Festival. Open throughout the month of October, children can enjoy face painting, pumpkin catapult, pedal tractor pulls and an excellent corn maze.
Adventure Farms: Snyder’s Family Farm, Leaping Deer Adventure Farm and the Norwich Optimist Corn Maze
Snyder’s Family Farm
Snyder’s Family Farm opens the second week in September each year and capitalizes on fall fun. Families can choose from numerous fall activities including a visit to the onsite petting zoo, a five acre corn maze and a 2500 sq. ft. haunted house that will knock your socks off. Visitors can also indulge in a wide variety of old fashioned treats including homemade apple fritters, fudge, fresh popcorn and even pumpkin pie. It’s an adventure you won’t want to miss.
Leaping Deer Adventure Farm
Leaping Deer Adventure Farm provides more than enough excitement to ensure your autumn is a great success. The corn maze alone spans over ten acres and is unique as the farmers have planted more than just corn within! Have fun seeing what else you can find. Beyond the maze, families can enjoy the crisp autumn air while checking out the animal barn, taking a stroll through a nature trail, watching duck races and much, much more!
Norwich Optimist Corn Maze
Each September and October, the Norwich Optimist Corn Maze spans a ten acre farm property where adults and kids alike can spend the day getting lost, having fun and enjoying the bounty of autumn in Oxford County. Open every weekend from September 12th to October 25th, there is lots of time to enjoy the club’s petting zoo, play on the pirate ship and try your hand at pumpkin bowling. In late October, come out for trick-or-treat days and a haunted version of the corn maze…if you dare.
This autumn, Oxford County has lots to offer from tasty treats and farm tours to haunts and corn mazes. Just look around the corner and don’t get lost!