The first apple orchard in Brighton was planted east of town in 1845 and the mansions and canning factories owned by fruit and vegetable packers are indications of the wealth the area's orchards and fields have produced. Brighton's beginnings are still evident today with over a hundred active farmers growing apples, to producing organic beef.
Today, residents and visitors have access to fresh fruits and vegetable year-round. Many farms have their own roadside markets or offer 'pick-your-own' services. Several farms now offer certified organic produce.
Agri-tourism is a popular attraction here in Brighton, with many on farm activities for the kids, corn mazes, hay rides, petting zoos and the annual Rural Ramble Farm Tours.
(1st number represents Brighton, the 2nd Northumberland County as a whole)
Farm and Farm Operators
Total Population 9,449 / 77,497
Total Number of Operators 205 / 1,570
Average Age of Operator 50.7 / 51.9
Total Number of Farms 136 / 1104
Land Use & Land Practices
Land Area (km2) 223 / 1903
Total Area of Farms (hectares) 11,962 / 102,655
Total Gross Farm Receipts (Excluding Forest Products Sold) ($)
$25,357,557 / $123,298,980
Total Farm Capital (market value $)
$86, 174, 392 / $643,785,728
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Census Statistics
Canadian Farm Business Management Council
Ontario Federal of Agriculture
Food Safety Network
"The Real Dirt on Farming"
The Ontario Plowmen's Association
Warkworth Western Weekend
Eastern Ontario Team Penning Association
Ontario Dairy Farmers
Ontario Farmer Daily
Ontario Egg Farmers
Ontario Turkey Producers? Marketing Board
Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency
Canadian Sheep Breeders Association
Ontario Ratite Association
Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
Canadian Food Inspection Agency