Berry wine, baked goods, blooms, and baskets overflowing with goodies. The Fraser Valley’s self-guided Circle Farm Tour is the perfect way to celebrate the seasons and support small, family-run businesses along the way.
Build warm connections with local farmers and artisans whose roots run deep in this area, and grow a new appreciation for food, community, and craftsmanship. You might just find a few surprises along the way. The Circle Farm Tour is a series of community roadmaps that bring you to unique agri-tourism destinations, special events, farm-gate vendors, open-air markets and eateries dotted throughout the Fraser Valley. Here’s what to expect on your adventure.
Immerse Yourself in The Seasons
It’s hard to pick just one favourite season when you can explore the ever-changing Fraser Valley and its rich agricultural bounty all year long. With frost on the ground and a nip in the air, the fall harvest is a time to cozy up and grab a warm cup of hot apple cider as you explore pumpkin patches and corn mazes (with a spooky twist around Halloween).
Come winter, it’s all about procuring ingredients for your holiday feast and shopping for artisan gifts in a festive atmosphere. Let the mulled wine and merriment warm you up along the way.
The longer days and warmer weather in spring and summer herald a riotous bloom of flowers, newborn foals and calves, and an abundance of farm-fresh goods; which you can harvest yourself or grab at one of the many market stalls.
Discover the Specialties of Each Area
Wind your way through quiet country roads as you explore the diverse communities of the Fraser Valley, each with unique offerings and specialties to discover along the Circle Farm Tour route.
You’ll have a bloomin’ good time in Chilliwack and Abbotsford, with their vibrant tulips in the spring and towering sunflowers in the summer months. Succulent berries abound in Abbotsford and Langley, inspiring everything from home baked pies to Belgian waffles heaped with whipped cream and fresh berry sauce.
The Fraser Valley’s craft beverage scene is making a name for itself, with a distillery, craft breweries, cideries, and wineries sprinkled throughout. Sip your way through the wineries in Abbotsford and Langley, or try a farm-style beer flight at a Chilliwack brewery.
If it’s fromage you crave, the Harrison River Valley, Chilliwack, and Abbotsford will satisfy—many of these cheese makers supply BC restaurants with their signature delights. Sample traditional family recipes, nibbling on goat cheese, sharp cheddar, or a hand-ladled brie, to name a few. Grab a selection to take home and impress your friends at the next dinner party.
Explore the Unexpected
When you embrace the journey, rather than the destination, you’ll discover a surprise or two along the way.
Take, for instance, an afternoon with feisty alpacas or a yoga class with goats. Maybe it’s finding yourself surrounded by the soothing scent of lavender or learning about the healing benefits of elderflowers. A quick stop for fresh honey may just go straight to the bees and end with a mead tasting. And, a visit to buy pottery might turn into a warm conversation over a cup of piping hot coffee as you watch the beans roasting.
No Circle Farm Tour is ever the same, so let the magic of each experience unfold.
Get to Know Your Food
The table is set to supply many BC chefs with high-quality ingredients from the Fraser Valley, with its fertile growing conditions and lush landscape. Local restaurants embrace the pasture-to-plate philosophy, serving up Fraser Valley fare at eateries along the Circle Farm Tour.
Go right to the source when you venture on your self-guided tour, to see how your food is produced with meticulous care and passion by local farmers and food producers in the region. Ask them questions, learn new recipe ideas, and gain a greater appreciation for the good food that lands on your plate. You will no doubt be inspired to fill your baskets with all the ingredients needed to make your own show-stopping meal. Best of all, you’ll know the circle of the farms and farmers behind your food. Find more information by visiting Circle Farm Tour.