We wait patiently for Niagara peaches and cherries every year. There’s a constantly ticking clock in our minds, counting down to those first glorious, summer days. We troll instagram, we follow all the fruit growers on social media — and when the day finally arrives, it’s like a glorious explosion of deliciousness. We’re at markets almost daily and have been known to go through a pint, each, a day. Are we obsessed? Maybe — but that’s just how much we love these super seasonal treats!
To get them at their freshest, there’s nothing better than picking your own — or hitting up an orchard roadside stand. Here are a couple of our favorites in Niagara.
Bizjak Farms Beamsville, ON
Milan Bizjak is a second-generation farmer. His parents immigrated from Slovenia and started the tender fruit farm near Beamsville over 35 years ago. They grow cherries, peaches, strawberries and the most beautiful plums. They have an old school fruit stand in Niagara, but you can also find them at markets between Niagara and Toronto including The Evergreen Brick Works on Saturdays and Sundays!
Duffin Farms Fonthill, ON
This pick-your-own operation sells peaches, pears, plums and sweet cherries — a staple for anyone looking to indulge in the perfect ice cream sundae! Folks flock to the family farms everyday (even holidays!) to fill their baskets with Niagara sweetest.
Cherry Avenue Farms Beamsville, ON
Owned and operated by the Moyer Family since 1799 – that’s 217 years! They grow peaches, red plums and as the name suggests — loads of cherries. For pick-your-own, there’s a minimum purchase of $5 per adult, but anyone whose ever eaten a cherry straight from the tree knows that’s so, so worth it!
Two Century Farm Grimsby, ON
This family farm has been in the Smith family for seven generations. When you’ve been doing something for 7 generations, its probably because you like it — something that radiates from everything on Two Century Farm. They grow cherries by the thousands — and a select amount of treasured peaches only available at the Winona Peach Festival.
Speaking of the Winona Peach Festival… For those of you who love peaches so much, you just can’t contain it, you need to check this one out. The last weekend in August, every year, get yourself to Winona for the ultimate stonefruit celebration. Get a peach sundae, peach pies, vote for your favourite peach queen, or get a temporary peach tattoo! This year, it’s Friday August 26th – Sunday August 28th.
For more delicious Niagara adventures, check out VisitNiagaraCanada.com.
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