By Tianna Albrecht
Our last stop was Happy Acres, a U-Pick in the Spruce Grove area with a wide variety of chemical-free fruits and vegetables. As with any U-Pick, availability of items are dependent on season and time of maturation, but there was certainly no shortage when we stopped in with nearly 20 fruits, vegetables and herbs to chose from! They have a sales centre with farm fresh eggs, honey and ice cream (with peanut-free options, which makes me happy) and a gift shop with unique home and garden novelties.
What excites me about Happy Acres is that there is so much for the kids to do and explore. Not only can they take part in the harvest, but the farm is also filled with animals, including chickens, turkeys, exotic birds, rabbits, miniature horses and donkeys, ducks, miniature pigs, miniature jersey cows and "Cricket" the talking Cockatoo!
I can't emphasize enough how important it is to introduce children to where their food comes from. Food education helps to instill a healthy relationship with food for the rest of their lives. And it’s never too late – whether you are four or 94, Happy Acres is worth a visit! You can stop in at any time with just a toonie admission or take part in an upcoming fall event, such as their Squash Showdown or an outdoor movie!
As we pulled into the driveway at the end of our road-trip, our bellies were full, our hearts were happy, and my hair was a giant wind-blown knot. Overall, it was a successful weekend and I can’t wait to check out new locations next year!
Thanks for following our Open Farm Days road trip series! If you have any adventures you’d like to share, please comment below!