The City of Dryden was founded as an agricultural research community by John Dryden, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture in 1895. While his train was stopped at what was then known as Barclay Tank to re-water, he noticed clover growing and decided to found an experimental farm the following year. The farm's success brought settlers from the Uxbridge area of southern Ontario and the Bruce Peninsula and the community came to be known as New Prospect.
Today, the Dryden area produces a variety of agricultural products including dairy, cattle and calves operations, pig operations, hay and oats, and fruits and vegetables. The City is also home to two abbatoirs processing a variety of meat products.
If you are looking for farm fresh produce and meats, home made preserves and baking, or handmade arts and crafts, Cloverbelt Country Farmers' Market is the place to be! The market strives to have only local produce represented giving you a taste and experience unique to Dryden and surrounding area.