Greenbelt Guide: Getting the most out of Easter!

Mar 15, 2016

With Easter happening earlier this year, and the wonderful warm weather we’re having, it’s time to inject local in the Easter holiday.

During the Easter holiday take the time to get out in the Greenbelt to take part in Easter egg hunts, maple syrup festivals, and Easter egg parades, all while enjoying in-season local products.

Use this list to take advantage of all the options available: Buy Local Food | Read Local Food Recipes | Attend Maple Syrup Festivals | Take Part in Easter Adventures

1. Buy in-season local food:

Fresh local produce - Visit a local farmers’ market or farm that is currently open.

Local meat - Buy local beef, lamb, turkey, and chicken. See full meat listing here.

Local spirits - Find the closest locally produced wine, beer, cider and spirits.

2. Need some meal ideas? Click on the meal idea for the recipe.

Breakfast: Try this recipe for dyeing eggs using onion peels.

Lunch: Whip-up beet, mushroom, or potato-leek soup.

Dinner: Want tender shredded beef? Try Gallery on the Farm’s recipe for beef shoulder, with a side of wintery vegetarian stew and side of oven roasted beets.

Dessert: Make an in-season carrot cake or apple crisp for Easter!

Find more in-season meal idea here.

3. Sample the sweetest offerings of the season - Maple Syrup Festivals:

Ganaraska Forest in Campbellcroft

Horton Tree Farm in Stouffville

Island Lake Conservation Area in Orangeville

Mountsberg Conservation Area in Campbellville

White Meadows Farms in St. Catharines

For a full listing of maple syrup events, click here.

4. Take your family for an Easter adventure:

March 19: Eggstravaganza Hunt at Puddicome Estate in Stoney Creek

March 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27: Easter Fest Egg Hunt at Brooks Farms in Mount Albert and Annual Easterfest at Downey’s Farm Market in Caledon

March 20: High Park Easter Egg Hunt in Toronto

March 25, 26 & 27: Easter Festival at Springridge Farm in Milton

March 26: Easter Fun in Collingwood

March 26: Easter Parade in Pickering

March 26: 5k - 10k Easter Dash in Coutice

March 26: Meet the Easter Bunny in Markham

March 27: Easter Bruch at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton

– Andreea Nicoara

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