Yes, we are very capable of organizing a nice tour in the corner of Saint-Eustache! Promised, our little countryside is more than charming thanks to the landscapes and the beautiful companies here! Because we are so rich in agritourism sites nearby, we can easily create a circuit to pick up ... just minutes from the city. Here are the stops to do if you pass by!
1. Centre d’interprétation de la courge
This is probably the activity of autumn! Our friends at the Centre d'Interprétation de la Courge have put on a lot of activities to enjoy the cooler weather in nature, on a beautiful site in Saint-Joseph-du-Lac. It is next to La Maison Lavande & it is a real pleasure to learn more about the culture of squash, to taste their products and to take advantage of them to get a bottle of their vineyard (on the ground neighbor)!
My must: squash crisps (available at their shop or at the bistro)
More information here: https://centredelacourge.com
2. Le verger Joannette
It belongs to Daniel's family and is one of the few orchards to have its organic certification. This is a beautiful place that offers U-pick with ease! With their brand new kiosk in front of the orchard, the family welcomes you every day.
My must: organic apples (it's crazy to say that there has been no application of chemicals for years on the earth!)
More information here: http://vergerjoannette.ca/en/
3. Vergers Lafrance
If you are looking for an orchard near here that offers so much for children, you can stop your search. Picking apples is a family activity so accessible & charming! Enjoy it!
My must: apple cakes (especially hot!)
More information here: http://www.lesvergerslafrance.com/en/
4. Vignoble Rivière du Chêne
This is the vineyard closest to La Maison Lavande and the facilities are breathtaking. The estate is charming, the shop is welcoming and the visits are rewarding. We can take the opportunity to stock up on local products!
My must: The guided tour (there are several packages depending on the experience you want!)
More information here: https://www.vignobleriviereduchene.ca
People do not believe us when we tell them that one of our neighbors is breeding ostriches. But yes! And it's great to visit the farm with the kids. The small shop on site offers derivative products for "epicurious".
My must: The visit of the nursery (ado-ra-ble!)
More information here: https://nidotruche.com
6. Ferme Roland Cloutier
The Roland Cloutier farm is the most adorable kiosk of fruits and vegetables that you will meet on your way. Promise that it is not because the Cloutier family is part of my in-laws that I like them as much. In season, I go there at least three times a week to succumb to the freshness of the soil or pies cooked by Carole ... Ouch!
My must: pies cooked by Carole (you will not believe it.)
More information here: https://www.fermerolandcloutier.com
7. Maison Lavande
That's our family business. And it's a wonderful time to come and visit La Maison, even if the lavender is no longer in bloom. It's a quiet place for your family picnics. The family area, the relaxation area, the picnic areas, the terrace and the bistro are always accessible.
My must: Frozen yogurt with lavender
8. Magie de la Pomme
Just in front of La Maison, the Magie de la Pomme orchard is also famous for welcoming children! Princess Api is at the rendezvous every weekend. Good luck to resist their little delights offered in store!
My must: The apple donuts (a cute sin!)
More information here: https://www.lamagiedelapomme.com/
9. Intermiel (Honey)
ou certainly know the neighboring honey house! This family-run business is a must for sweet tooth and learn more about beekeeping. It's great to visit and see the bees in action.
My must: Honey & eucalyptus sweets (great for coughing up the change of season!)
More information here: https://intermiel.com/en/