About Simcoe County
With spectacular Lake Simcoe on its eastern boarder, gorgeous Georgian Bay to its west, and the City of Toronto only 40 minutes south, the County of Simcoe is an ideal central Ontario locale for cottagers and farmers alike. The region encompasses the cities of Barrie and Orillia and transportation routes that keep it well connected to markets every region of the province, the U.S.A., and beyond giving agricultural productions a competitive advantage. The region also features a pristine natural environment and excellent soil, the majority of which is classified as level 3 or lower, accounting for the wide range of both organic and traditional farms in the area.
Simcoe serves as a major contributor to Ontario’s agricultural sector, producing nearly a billion dollars in annual farm receipts and employing over 30,000 people in the industry. With more than 2,000 farms and over 500,000 acres of land currently in use for agricultural production, the county is home to a strong agricultural community, which includes a rich network of agricultural service providers, advocacy and support organizations, processors, equipment dealers, supply producers, as well as two post-secondary educational institutes that are critically attuned to the county’s agri-business needs. Already the single largest private sector employer in the County, Simcoe’s agricultural community will welcome your agri-venture with open arms.