Once a year in early spring, the Landman Family, owners of Landman Gardens & Bakery in Grand Valley, open up their barn doors to the public for “Goat Day”. During our visit to we recorded a video for our Let’s Discover ON YouTube Channel.
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Goat Day allows visitors to meet & greet the Landman kids (a.k.a. their baby goats). It also gives visitors the opportunity to tour the entire property which includes other farm animals such as pigs, turkeys chickens, a 1-acre vegetable garden, an apiary and a replica of a traditional Scottish blackhouse. There are also plenty of samples of the various products available for sale in the on-site store.
Rebecca Landman is a real smart-cookie with 2 diplomas in Culinary Management & Sustainable Agriculture so it’s no surprise that she combined her education, upbringing and passion for healthy eating into a thriving business. She runs the on-site commercial kitchen and bakery with the retail storefront, plans the various on-site events such as the workshops & blackhouse dinners and organizes the booths at the local Farmers’ Markets.
Every workshop is typically a 2 hour event focused on a specific topic such as pickling or making jam. Every attendee will gain Rebecca’s the knowledge, instructions as well as leave with samples and recipes.
A traditional Scottish blackhouse was a unique structure because it was built without any bricks or mortar. It was a simple stone building with a thatched roof. The positioning of the bricks, however, is both the art and science of the architecture that keeps the building from collapsing. The blackhouse at Landman Gardens & Bakery is used for special 5 course farm-to-table dinner, it can accommodate groups of up to 16 people however individual dinners can also be purchased.
Josh Landman is the Beekeeper and manages several hives in addition to caring for the 300 milking goats. Carter Landman also helps and together these brothers manage the animal care, milking process and field work that’s required on a daily basis.
The Landmans are very committed to their craft and their community which is evident by all the Groups & Associations they belong to.
Lastly, they are also very active online so follow their accounts on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and register for their monthly e-newsletter.
Landman Gardens & Bakery is located at 322345 Concession Road 6-7 in Grand Valley. It’s approximately 1.5 hours north west on Toronto.
It’s FREE to visit on Goat Day however donations of non-perishable food items are requested for the local food bank.
Important things to keep in mind:
- Goat Day is very popular so you’ll most likely have to park on Concession Rd. 7 and walk over to the farm.
- You can find a variety of baked goods, meats, cheeses, eggs, honey and other pantry items in the store. Every purchase from the store means that you have your own farm-to-table dining experience at home.
- All of the products grown on the farm are free of any hormones, antibiotics and GMOs.
- The store is only open on certain days of the week from Easter through Christmas so review the Hours of Operation before you head out.
- You can also find Landman Bakery & Garden Products for sale at the Shelburne Farmers Market & Orangeville Farmers Market.
- Delivery Service & curbside pickup is also available.
What you need to try:
- If you visit the farm on Goat Day then you should definitely pet or hold a kid. They are absolutely adorable and you may even want to sneak one out like Tony tried to.
- Eat a freshly baked cinnamon bun, cookie or tart – They’re SO delicious!
- Attend one of the workshops to learn Rebecca’s trade secrets.
- Dine at a Blackhouse Dinner.
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