Barn Quilt Trail
THE LINTON FARMS
More than 50 years ago the Linton Farm Market was the only farm market in North Oshawa. Three generations of the Linton family have been providing locally produced farm fresh vegetables from their farm market. It started when they grew tomatoes for the local canning factory and gradually added more vegetables, fruit, jams, honey, maple syrup, cheese, baking and seasonal flowers and decorations to the market.
Their Fun Farm , Fresh Air and Fresh Food from the Farm motto is enhanced by the U-Pick, Kids Play area and the School tours they offer.
FALLS LEAVES QUILT
Ducks, shetland sheep, heritage sheep and Belted Galloways are part of the family on our farm. The theme of trees shows how the family of four continues to change and grow like trees. Heidi, the youngest picked green leaves as this is ithe beginning of the seasons. Leif chose read as he loves winter sports and the leaves change to red, orange and yellow as we move into the winter. This quilt, designed by a true Canadian family displays the four seasons and all aspects of their rural surroundings.
Name of the sponsor of Barn Quilt : Green Eggs and Lamb Farm Brigetta Balling/Derik Jukic Ducks.
FIELDS OF SUNFLOWERS & PUMPKINS
This sunflower barn quilt is a nod to the Pinedale Patch which is a new venture in agritourism with our sunflower trail and pumpkin patch. Teledale Farms was purchased by the Smith Family in 1958. The farm, at that time, had a 20 milking cows that were milked with a bucket milker. The farm is now run by the third generation and milks over 100 cows with two robotic milkers. Teledale Farms is now certified as “grass fed.”
OUR FAMILY COMPASS
Heather ‘s parents ( Ron & Joyce Forbes) are avid travellers throughout Canada and United States, often embarking on road trips to see new places and visit friends. Over the years, they have come across many Barn Quilts and have admired their colour and creativity. In recent years, Ron & Joyce have toured the Barn Quilt trails throughout Ontario. Like many, the pandemic created some free time for them and they chose to use that time to design and paint a barn quilt for each of their three children as Christmas gifts.
The design of this quilt mirrors the United Church of Canada, as well as a spiritual and historic reminder. The colours are often associated with the Aboriginal Medicine Wheel. The Medicine Wheel, which refelects a respect for diversity and interdependence , is often represented in the four traditional colours of red, yellow, black and white. These colours incorporate the important teachings from the four directions – the four stages of life and the four seasons.
THE LOVEKIN FAMILY QUILT
Richard Lovekin came to Canada from Cork, Ireland in 1796. He had been granted 1200 acres in Clarke Township which is now part of the Village of Newcastle in Clarington. Lovekin Farm, an on farm market, is the next generation of the family heritage of agriculture. The sunflowers and vegetabes represent the ” crops” grown and the mules are to pull a covered wagon. This quilt shows a strong family heritage to community and agriculture in Ontario.
TRADITIONS IN SOLINA
This quilt represents a strong community and a tribute to the Solina Women’s Institute for their 113 years of dedicated service ” For Home and Country”. They played an important role in fund raising for maintaining the Hall, supporting local charities, the war effort in early years, and supplied generations of 4H leaders for Solina. The soccer ball – for the role that soccer has played for generations of men and boys since the late 1800’s. The block with the heart shows the strong sense of community that families in this area have nutured at this hall.This hall has been a central focus for community gatherings, both joyous and sad since the late 1800’s.
CONNECTING WITH NATURE
The Gibson’s have been farming 120 years and are all about coexisting with nature. They have bees and encourage people to learn how to live with them. At the end of their sunflower maze you find a tiny fairy home. The farm gate store sells products from their farm
STAR EN POINTE
Five generations of sheep farmers have raised and shown sheep at local fairs and National Exhibitions. The natural springs at the top of a hill on the farm was the obvious choice for the name of their farm.The water from this spring supplied the north end of Bowmanville for many years.
THE HONEY BEE COMB
The darkened tree is a sunset perspective over the Enniskillen Valley as the moon comes up with 5 stars all encased in a hexagon representing the honey bee comb.
GROWING APPLES AND WINE
This quilt design features the soil, orchard turf, blue sky and the yellow sun which are all the elements needed to grow apples. This farm has been in the Archibald family since 1967 and 10,000 trees – 14 varieties of apples- have been added over the years. These apples are made into award winning wine.
THE BOWMANVIEW QUILT
Generations of memories for Thomas, Wilfrid, Eric & Aaron (TWEA). Cropping (corn), Holsteins, Angus, chickens and pigs at Bowmanview Farms since 1929. Five generations have been farming for 167 years in Ontario. Bowmanview was the prefix for the dairy herd from 1946-2005. Angus cattle were the next herd to wander the farm as we moved into the the next phase of the farm.
THE FAIRWIND’S QUILT
This quilt is in memory of Pat and Russ Best. The farm, east of Soilina,. was lost to the Hwy 407 in 2015. The “F” symbolizes the farm name” Fairwinds” and the greens and browns for the crops grown. The Holstein represents the dairy herd from 1957- 2015. The Massey “33” at the top, is the tractor used to transport all the equipment from a rented farm at Bayview and Finch, Toronto down Hwy 401 to Solina in 1957.