Farming has been a part of every community at one point or another. As time progresses, though, many things are left behind, as is farming in many different places throughout the world. Grey County is not a part of that group, though. In Grey County, farming is not an industry, a job. No, in Grey County, farming is a way of life, passed down through generation after generation, from father to son and so on.
While the province of Ontario in general has been applauded many a time for it’s farming industries, Grey County in particular deserves some of the recognition. In Grey County, which includes 9 municipalities, such as Grey Highlands, West Grey, the Blue Mountains and Chatsworth, as well as others, farming has been second nature for hundreds of years. In Grey County alone, there are more than 3000 farms, and more than 2, 500 acres of farmed land. Grey County is recognized for its apple, hay, sheep and lamb farms, as well as its cattle.
Although Grey County covers many small towns, some farmers are known for their more exotic animals, such as emu, buffalo, wild boar and rare mushrooms. As well, Grey County is known for its produce, including honey, maple syrup and different types of fruits and vegetables.
Driving through Grey County, it seems unreal, the number of farms that one will pass. Whether its a dairy farm or a cash crop farm, it is hard not to marvel at the vast piece of land. There are eight main types of farms in Grey County, which include: dairy, poultry, swine, beef, horse, hobby, cash crop and horticulture.