Tourism Langley invited some internet media bloggers to this private tour of Langley Farms but Kevin was unable to attend this occasion so I attended for him. Jessica and I headed down to the Fort Langley National Historic Site where we met up with Chelsea and team at the Full Barrel Cafe for some coffee and muffins.
We started our day with some home made jam served with our muffins and scones.
We made our way around the fort with some educational information about BC at the Gentleman’s Club. Fort Langley is one of the Parks Canada’s national treasures and they are pleased to preserve and present this part of Canada’s history to visitors all over the world.
Aldor Acres Dairy Centre was next in our tour where we learned about local cow farms and how we get our milks in the supermarket.
We had a chance to be a farmer and milk Rita cow!
I was very nervous that Rita would randomly kick but I managed very well.
The tour continued to the back where we saw other breeds of cows as well as calves. The team taught us more information about the breeds and the process of milking.
After Aldor Acres we headed to The Fort Wine Company where we sampled cranberry wines.
We were given a quick lesson on the making and the bottling of the wine, but as our tour was slightly behind schedule, we got a very condensed version of it.
Accompanying our wine tasting we had a cheese platter!
Cedar Rim Nursery was next on our tour where the family greeted us with a quick intro of their nursery.
The bus took us to Milner Valley Cheese Goat Farm before lunch. Milner Valley Cheese of Langley have been there for 5 generations and their farmstead cheese are all natural and pasteurized with fresh goat milk from their own farm. They offer varieties of aged goat cheeses including their specialty Milner Jack cheese in plain, chili, and other flavours.
Here we got to see the goats where they were sectioned off according to their type and sex. At this point it started to rain so most of them were running off to find cover.
After lunch the bus took us to Kensington Prairie Farm where we were suppose to see and pet some alpaca but the rain had gotten so bad we stayed inside the farm and were educated on the different grades and colours of alpaca wool. We did however manage to see a few alpacas through the bus windows.
The last stop of the Langley Circle Farm Tour was the Driediger Farms Market where most of us bought boxes of fresh strawberries for the road. There are other tours also offered from the Circle Farm Tour for Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Agassiz + Harrison Mills and Maple Ridge + Pitt Meadows.
For more photos of the tour: Flickr