After walking around the grounds of Redpoll Farms, it is easy to envision this venture as the next outdoor destination, which is exactly what the owners Dorothy and Cliff hope it will one day become. It’s very fitting that the couple named their farm in honor of the most common bird that sticks around in winter on their property, the Redpoll bird. Forty acres of pine trees, twenty of marshland and the rest as bush make up this quaint forest-area property. A slight walk down from the garden-filled homestead gives way to a large grassy area surrounding a serene marsh. The marsh is considered an official water retention area by the Seine Rat River District, which won the couple an award for their dedication to protecting it. The picnic-perfect spot is enclosed by a long line of mixed trees that enclose the property, which extends a quarter-section out and can be explored by several winding paths leading every which way. Tucked away amidst trees are some gardens growing vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers, a beautifully-balanced mix of production and preservation.
The Freunds host a market on their farm every Friday that offers a wide variety of preserves and vegetables, all grown and processed there. The market begins mid-July and runs until mid-September. For more information, visit their website.