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Spring is here and to me that means the onset of another season of some of the best food grown in the world. It is also the start of a new season of agricultural festivals celebrating the bounty that Nova Scotia has to offer. If you want a great family outing and enjoy learning about the food we consume I would suggest doing some agritourism right here in Nova Scotia. If you check the sites for Select Nova Scotia or Tourism Nova Scotia and even the sights for the various agricultural associations you will find great places for your and your family to visit. This is fun, flavorful and very budget savvy.
Yesterday I made the journey to Earltown to attend their annual Maple Syrup Festival. This was my first agricultural festival of the season and it was a great start. Friendly people and great food is the best way to start a weekend. This was in abundant supply in Earltown yesterday as I dined on amazing food produced by a group of smiling volunteers. The meal was served in the Earltown Community Centre which is located in the original one room schoolhouse for the town. They had homemade biscuits, pancakes, baked beans, local sausages, sweets as well as coffee, tea and juice. Of course there was a nice jug of maple syrup on each table generously donated by Sugar Moon Farms and went well on my breakfast and in my coffee. All that amazing food for $7 for adults, $4 for kids and kids under 5 eat for free.
I enjoyed great food, fun conversation and some fantastic music provided by some great local talent. Then I wandered over to Sugar Moon which operates a maple farm, pancake house and interpretive centre just up the road and I paid them a quick visit after breakfast. They have a beautiful store and pancake house, and run a tour of their sugar shack, which happened to not be producing because it was too cold for sap flow, so I guess they get a separate shoot and blog post.
I would encourage you all to pencil this in for next year and keep an eye out for the other local festivals that are coming to a town or farm near you. You will have a delicious food experience, meet some great people and have a family experience without breaking the bank. This is just one of hundreds of reasons we need to support our local farms, and small towns, they do an awful lot for us.