Since the Trail officially opened on July 1, 2011 thousands of people have visited the farms and businesses of the Mennonite community in the Township of Southgate.
The award winning,A�70 km trail launched its third season on June 14 with buggy rides, butter tarts and Chef Gary from Cedars Cottage Resort on Lake Eugenia cooking up Horse and Buggy Trail culinary delicacies.
Misty Meadows Country Market, the Holstein General Store, Chef Gary Gingras and buggies from Carolyn Martin�s and Clayton Bearinger�s farms demonstrated what can be found on the Trail.
The Trail celebrates the areas rural ancestry and a chance to be immersed in a time honoured culture that cherishes home and family in a traditional way but welcomes visitors in too.A� Take the opportunity to have a peek into the special world of the Township of Southgate’s Mennonite community and a rural lifestyle reminiscent of the settlement of Grey County.
From quilts to home-made breads, fresh local meats, delicious baking and fruit pies are found year round. More than a food trail, The Horse and Buggy Trail is a unique tour of tidy Mennonite farmsteads, old villages and historic country stores just a short trip from the GTA and southern Ontario.
?It is a peek into the special world of the Township of Southgate�s Mennonite community and a rural lifestyle reminiscent of the settlement of early Grey County,” says Linda Reader project coordinator. ? … a chance to be immersed in another culture for a day. The Horse and Buggy Trail is the only year round farm gate tour that welcomes visitors into the one of a kind rural culture of a Mennonite community.?
New this year is an educational excursion by local Teacher David who will lead children and their families on a day of discovery. Visits include a family farm home and vegetable garden, a buggy factory, an old mill and a visit to a General Store for penny candy topped off with a short horse and buggy ride.
Also new this year is Chef Gary�s cooking classes using the fall bounty from the Trail in delicious dishes at his resort where overnight accommodation can be arranged. From maple syrup to ducks and amazing tunnel tomatoes, local food is a feature for sure!
Short recreational buggy rides can be booked with two farm families on the Trail, with overnight packages also available!
Download the Trail Map here!
For more details, visit: HorseAndBuggyTrail.com