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"There is a big change this year -- we have a new store," explains Julie Budd, who refers to herself as the "manager of fun" at Leaping Deere Legends. The store, with a new entrance, will feature only local jams, jellies, relishes, cheese, honey and maple syrup, as well as fresh corn and pumpkins in season. An outdoor patio and snack bar will serve up local meats and produce in sandwiches, hamburgers and hotdogs, as well as ice cream. "I'm serving everything I can from Oxford County and surrounding areas," Budd said.

Besides the maze and store, an entrance fee of $8.99 for children 11 years old and up and $6.99 for children three to 10 includes mini golf, wagon rides, a giant sand box, an animal shed, twice-daily pig races and pedal cars. The entry to the John Deere Museum is $4.
"There is farm fun for everyone. That is what we're all about," Budd said.

Budd said the business pays particular attention to accessibility issues, and the farm recently won a Premier's Award for Agri- Food Innovation Excellence. "We like to be accessible to everyone," Budd said. "We really take it to heart. We have a passion for the industry and we have compassion for people."

The new agribusiness grew from the maze and the John Deere Museum, which was launched in 2006. "Farming changes and you have to change with it," Budd said. The 150 hectares farmed by the Budd family used to be home to pigs and cows at one time as well. The family developed the agritourism business in order to give added value to their farming operations.

"We started out in dairy and changed to hogs 30 years ago -- it's a hard go," Budd said. "We wanted to strive to move forward and this was a good fit. "Our biggest aim is to educate people on agriculture. People do want to know where their food comes from."

Leaping Deere Legends is located near Ingersoll on Clarke Road in South-West Oxford at the 9-1-1 number 544212. Its hours of operation are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday. On Sundays and holiday Mondays, Leaping Deere is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 519-485-4794 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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