Our Story

In 2010, after a series of illnesses that were destroying his body, Steve was diagnosed with Lyme’s Disease. Lyme’s is a bacterial infection that attacks, damages and shuts down parts of the body. Eating clean was a large part of Steve’s recovery, so knowing where his food came from became critical.

Initially Steve and Patty raised their own laying hens, broiler (meat) chickens and produced a small amount of maple syrup. In 2010, they bought 4 bee colonies and the love and challenges of beekeeping began.

In 2012, they decided it was time to get their own farm, and moved to the current location by the beginning of 2013. This farm was to be a 10-year plan. Build it up for 10 years and than decide what the next steps would be. It was at this time that the farm was appropriately named “Dare2Dream Farm”. There was a lot of work put into restoring the farm and surrounding property. Everyone pitched in to make it work.

In the spring of 2015, at a local tourism symposium, it was learned that there was a shortage of things to do in Clarington for both the locals and visitors from out of town. We knew that we could be part of the solution to this problem. We already knew that visitors to Dare2Dream Farm always wanted to know more about the bees, as well as where their food comes from. We decided that we wanted to be an agri-tourism attraction, with an area for visitors to (safely) see the inside of a beehive, as well as have a proper facility to produce Canada’s natural sweeteners that customers could view.

Meet Our Farmers

Steve and Patty Lawrence

Additional Members of the Farm

Tucker

Tucker is “The Best Black Dog” we have on the farm for 5 years running. His best work is usually done in his off-season where he is the regular “Paper-Boy” for the weekly newspaper deliveries on Thursdays. Although his bark is powerful, we think he is really just saying “PLEASE! MY BELLY. MY BELLY NEEDS RUBBING!!!!” The one warning we have is not to look at him in the eye if you are eating something – he may just convince you to share with him!

Lilly

Lilly AKA “Sweetie-pie” or “Ol’ Floppy Ears” is our Beagle cross Blue Tick hound. She has the attitude of a stereotypical beach bum – Not going to move to fast, and just hang out here in the sun. She too loves the belly rubs, and sharesies of your lunch. She thinks her number one job on the farm is wild rabbit patrol, which you might hear her hound howl when she is on duty.

Buzz

Buzz is the newest addition to our farm. She usually makes an appearance when plenty of visitors are around. Although a big fan of the hugs, her sight isn’t the greatest… (Thankfully she understands English!)

Mission Statement

At Dare 2 Dream Farm, we are committed to providing the best of Canada’s Natural Sweeteners while educating our local community about a healthy lifestyle through local, natural food.

Value Preposition

  • We are the only bee hive tour between Toronto and Montreal
  • Unique flavours and products developed with raw honey and maple syrup
  • All our products provide a healthy alternative to using processed, refined sugars
  • We offer education on the natural processes of where our food comes from
  • Our maple syrup is produced using an Organic standards wood fire evaporator which preserves the natural flavour profile
  • Our customers trust the quality of our products. We know this because they have become repeat customers
  • Our standard operating procedures are continuously being improved upon to ensure we are producing the highest quality

Awards, News, and Press

Even though we’ve only been around for a few years, our dedication to high quality all natural sweeteners has not gone unrecognized. Our golden honey has won 1st place in at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto for the last three years. Our dark and specialty honeys have also won as reserve champion and placed in the the top three for their categories.

Food safety is top priority here at the farm. That is why we are proud to announce that we are now CFIA approved! We look forward to continuing to serve you with the highest quality of standards.

 

Experience all the magic that happens inside of a live beehive on a farm tour with an experienced beekeeper! If you are looking for things to do in the Durham Region, start planning your visit today! Tour the farm, meet the animals, learn about where your food comes from and taste some of the best local gourmet products Canada has to offer!

Contact Us

  •  (905)-216-5113
  •  info@dare2dreamfarm.com
  •  8169 Langstaff Rd. Kendal Ontario Canada