I finally rented Walden Camp and stayed for a night at Taproot Farms. I say “finally” because part of my job is to promote the farm stay, and assist guests who come. I was recommending an experience without having done it myself. Shame on me.
On a recent Saturday afternoon (the night we had the Supermoon), Jason and I packed up the dog and a few personal effects. The idea was to book the camp and show up as if we were new guests. But the truth is I have a real affection for the Walden Camp, and everything else on the farm. I have also known farm owners, Josh and Trish for years, so my biases, and the likelihood I would enjoy myself were pretty apparent.
After a quick visit to the driveway market for veggies (and a peanut butter gelato from Fox Hill next door) we arrived at the camp. Jason pointed out a problem. “How do people find it when they get to the farm?” Hmm. Good question. Walden Camp is very private, not all that far, just secret. Future guests can now grab a property map at the driveway market and use it to find just about anything.
Our high maintenance beagle was over the moon. He and the farm’s Jack Russell Terrier, Jack, immediately went for a swim in the large pond. We unpacked, but hadn’t brought much stuff. The camp is equipped with a fire pit, gas stove, indoor woodstove, firewood, drinking water, soap, dishes, pots, etc. Not to mention the bed, a bit of furniture and comfy chairs. We tossed our toiletry bag and bedding on a chair, set the cooler on the picnic table and rounded up our dog.
We spent the evening walking the trails and visiting the pigs, chickens and geese. We ambled through the cut flower gardens, the blueberry orchard and row upon row of too many vegetables to name. Then we cooked a meal of food entirely from the farm we were visiting. We even happened upon Josh and Trish, with kids in tow, spending their Saturday night weeding green onions. How romantic!
Jason and Scooter enjoyed everything about the stay on the farm. And, predictably, so did I. We were so tired by the end of the night we never did manage to play that game of Yahtzee.
Now that I have experienced Walden Camp, I can recommend it. It’s a perfect spot for a couple, or a small family if a tent were pitched. Guests have access to the farm and are treated like royalty by staff. The team at Taproot enjoy having people around, but at the same time you have absolute privacy. It’s kind of like having a campground to yourself. Sounds of nature everywhere, and at times a chorus of frogs so loud you think they’re coming for you!
For more info about Walden Camp, check it out under the Farm Stay tab on our website. www.taprootfarms.ca
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