Spring has finally decided it’s time to stay and we are pretty excited about it! Nature is making a beautiful transition from winter and there is so much out there starting to sprout! Railway City is surrounded by lush farmlands and we are fortunate that to have a variety of nature based shops and events where we can share in the bounty including flower shops, produce farms, farm markets, bee farms, parks, trails and more! Start your spring off with a visit to some of stops and celebrate Railway City Sprouting this spring!
Wildflowers Farm sits nestled among the flowers and apiary on Fruitridge Line. Specializing in organic herbal teas and honey, Wildflowers is a resource to get you feeling restored after a long winter. As the seasons progresses flowers, local artisanal foods and organic local produce are also offered at the store. With a unique event schedule there is always a reason to head to the farm - join them this season and celebrate what’s sprouting!
Clovermead Adventure Farm is home to 24 million Bees! The honey shop is open now for you to sample and stock up and the Adventure Farm opens June 1 for a season of family fun and bee education. It’s easy to spend a whole day on the farm playing, meeting interesting critters, and learning about bees and how important they are!
Briwood Farm Market is a St. Thomas tradition and has been in business since 1991. Their main goal as a grocery store is to deliver quality and local produce. While they are open year round, spring visits have a renewed appeal and is great season to purchase a variety of different fresh produce and celebrate the best of the season.
The team at Talbotville Berry Farm Market specializes in fresh produce and berries. They also offer farmhouse meals, a CSA program, and fun food focused events throughout the year. If you haven’t visited this newly renovated market, make it a priority this spring!
Start planning your gardens with an inspirational visit to Canadale Nurseries. Spring is a great time to get a head start on gardens and add some early colour with pansies or start seeds indoors. Canadale can get you on your way!
Saturday mornings at the Horton Farm Market are a St. Thomas tradition from Mother's Day weekend through November. The market is open from 8:00 am till 12:00 pm Be sure to visit the market at Manitoba Street, just a half block North of Talbot Street for your farm fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, baked goods, artwork, and handmade crafts.
Harris Flower Farm, founded in 2011 by Janis & Mark Harris, is a small family operation specializing in growing a large assortment of bulb, annual, perennial and flowering branches. You can even order online to send a bit of spring to your loved ones.
RIDE, RUN, ROAM your way through kilometres of lush landscape of the Whistlestop Trail stretching all the way from the historic Railway City to the harbour of Port Stanley. Navigate this natural trail along St. Thomas paths and parks. Wander up Sunset Drive, where the path meets Port Stanley Terminal Rail, guiding you to a vibrant beachfront town.
St. Thomas and surrounding area have so many options for hiking. An excellent Cycling & Hiking Trail map is available at the Railway City Tourism Office that was created in partnership with Active Elgin. Discover more of the surrounding area with Catfish Creek and Kettle Creek Trails - Get outside and enjoy Spring in St. Thomas.