Story by Nancy Ellis
Hollows, valleys, gullies and gorges can all be breath-taking and beautiful. But there is one breath-taking beauty right here in Clarington, the Enniskillen valley. So gorgeous Our Valley View, a local bed and breakfast up on Barton Road is named after this breathless view.Take a drive and explore the valley!
If you’ve never been to Gallery on the Farm, you should go. Located in Enniskillen this farm has certified organic beef for sale and a wide range of heirloom potatoes and tomatoes too. Owned by fourth generation farmers, Eric and Jenny Bowman – this farm is a local treasure. Easy to talk to both Jenny and Eric can answer your questions and will share some stories about the farm. They were also recognized for their good environmental practices. Eric was recently awarded the 2013 Ontario Pasture Award for great pasture management. He has a complete water system that supplies fresh water to all areas of the pasture and has also found a way to extend the pasture season for his cattle which can be seen roaming the fields all summer long.
There is also a lovely shop at the farm full of local goodies. There are items for sale from Teaplicity, Hugs and Honey and Lavender-Blu products, grown right in Tyrone. Get pressed apple cider from Geissberger Farmhouse Cider, recipients of the 2013 Food Innovation Award from Ontario Farm Fresh. The store also includes Eric Bowman’s own art, Wilmot Creek Photography cards and other local artful selections. You’ll be surprised at so many goodies – useful, innovative and cute – a nice place to shop for a unique gift!
Right next door to Gallery on the Farm is 1Stop Alpaca Farm, a cool place to visit. See and pet the alpacas on the farm and shop for alpaca knitted stuff like socks and scarves, or a selection of hand dyed wool. Talk to Nancy and Garth about their alpaca story, which might start with “once you go alpaca, you don’t go backa.”
Head on down to the Enniskillen Conservation Area for a picnic or walk with friends. The three kilometre tails are earthy and grounding after a day out. Also check out the two ponds alive with wildlife, turtles can even be seen some days, sun bathing!
Shop at Timeless Essentials for homemade bath products, oils, soaps, fresh rhubarb, jams and more. It’s just along Regional Road #3 and well worth the visit. Talk to Crystal, owner and herbologist who creates lovely handmade soaps. The Timeless Essentials location was previously home to Dr. William Hillier during the 1800s and will be featured this year during Doors Open Clarington.
On your way back visit the Enniskillen General Store for a fabulous hand-scooped Kawartha Diary ice cream cone!