Canners and preservers across the province have begun their annual pick-your-own pilgrimages for the very best in strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and more. It’s that magical time of year after all — when fingers get stained red and fresh, locally grown fruit finds it’s way into everything from salads to sorbets.
There’s plenty of ways to enjoy the season, but our favorite, by far, is to head to the farm and pick our own! Visiting a farm is not only economical, but it quickly becomes a family tradition. Here are our favorite spots, new and old, to pick a pack of pickled peppers… or strawberries. Whichever you prefer!
- Agatha’s family has been driving out to Andrew’s Scenic Acres in Milton for pick-your-own gooseberries, blackberries and raspberries since she was a wee lass. Now that she’s grown, she still goes but adds a stop at their farm winery, Scotch Block and always makes sure to say hello to the pygmy goats.
- Rebecca always makes time to visit Little Highbush Blueberries in Waupoos with her boys for pick-your-own blueberry goodness. Needless to say, always comes home with an armful of gladiolas.
- Trevor’s favorite childhood memories are from Ovens Berry Farm near Ottawa. Their crops include raspberries, saskatoon berries and more — though his favorite to this day are good old classic strawberries.
- Emma and her mom travel to Buckhorn Berry Farm near Lakefield for raspberries. They’d bring their own plastic pails and baskets and munch away all afternoon long.
- Our resident pie expert, Julia, visits pick-your-own farms for one obvious purpose: pie! She swears by Cherry Avenue Farms in Niagara. Operated by the Moyer Family since 1799, they grow the most beautiful, plump cherries around!
To find these farms, and others, visit our Culinary Explorer — it’s an easy, fun tool to help you plan your perfect Ontario weekend… today!
For more information on visiting a farm, check out OntarioFarmFresh.com