Light snow covered the other vehicle. It had been there, he guessed, for about half an hour. Not more. Then his eyes returned to the farmhouse.
“It’s been a while since anyone lived here.”
It took a long time to fall into such a state. Lack of care, over the years, would do that.
It was now little more than a collection of materials.
The shutters were askew, the wooden handrail had rotted and gone its separate way from the sloping steps. One of the upper windows was boarded up, so that it looked like the place was winking at him. As though it knew something he did not. (Pg. 2)
The Eastern Townships have been called the “Garden of Canadian Agriculture” and rightfully so. The Province leads the country in the cultivation of dairy, pigs, fruits, berries, nuts and – of course – maple sugar, where you’ll find 42.5 million trees tapped. As of 2016, Québec alone accounted for nearly 29,000 working farms covering over 8 million acres.
Here are some must-see farms when visiting the Eastern Townships.
Bleu Lavande in Magog (https://bleulavande.com/) “is the pioneer of the Québec lavender culture and is one of the largest lavender farms in Canada.”
Alpacas Sutton (https://www.alpagassutton.com/) whose mission is to “offer an agritourism experience for animal lovers by opening their doors and sharing the pleasures of raising alpacas in a pristine location.”
Domaine Ives Hill in Compton (https://domaineiveshill.com/en/) “specializes in the cultivation and processing of blackcurrant.”
Miellerie Lune de Miel in Stoke (http://www.miellerielunedemiel.com/english.php) “offers guided tours of the fascinating world of bees and honey”.
La Cabane du Pic Bois in Brigham (https://www.cabanedupicbois.com/en/) is a classic sugar shack that’s been operated by the Cardin-Pollender family for the past four generations.