We visited the Riverdale Farm in Toronto this afternoon.  It’s quite a cute little park area right in the heart of Cabbagetown.  Outside is a splashpad and a large picnic area, and inside you can find ducks, geese, turkeys, cows, horses, one really stubborn mule, rabbits, sheep, goats, chickens, roosters, and pigs!

Eryn had a great time and howled at all the animals (although she really didn’t know what to make of the pigs and turtles we saw swimming in the lake.  I think she needs fur to recognize an animal as being an other entity — or for it to be larger than a golden retriever and to be doing more than just sleeping or swimming.  There were so many families taking advantage of the great weather.

The farm itself used to be the Scarborough Zoo until the early 1970s (when it was relocated and renamed the Toronto Zoo). The city developed the area as farmland and created a working farm specifically for city kids. The ruins of the zoo are still there as meeting houses and the Farm Kitchen — where you can buy fresh bread, homemade jams, fresh (free range!) eggs, and fun souvenirs.

The best part about Riverdale Farm? It’s free. 100% free.

Here there be pigs, chickens and turkeys.

God loves pigs too.

Baa? Neeigh? Chinny-chin-chin?

Horse flower art.

A bird even shared lunch with Eryn.