Is the farm
organic? No. However, Barrie Hill
Farms is committed to producing the
finest quality fruits and veggies in an
environmentally friendly and sustainable
manner. Read more about our
Why is locally
grown food a wise environmental choice?
variety of reasons. Click
to find out more.
Can we bring our own containers?
Yes. All of our pick your own crops are sold by weight. If you bring your own containers we will weigh them before you enter the field, and deduct their weight from the cost of your produce when you check out.
We don't have any picking containers. Do you have baskets available?
Yes. We have baskets available for sale at the check in area.
Can we bring a picnic lunch?
Yes. While coolers and picnic lunches are not permitted in the picking fields, we have picnic tables located in a shady area near the main entrance. Cold water and soft drinks are available from vending machines.
Can we bring our pets?
No. For everyone's safety (our farm
pets included!) and food safety, pets
are not permitted in the picking fields
or the market area. A working guide dog,
in harness, is the exception.
We are not located
on a busy highway. Customers traveling
with their pets are able to walk their
pets (and give them a "pit stop") very
comfortably on our quiet country road or
in our designated pet exercise area.
Are there washroom facilities?
Yes. Portable washrooms are located near the picking fields, and indoor washrooms are located near the check out area.
Is the farm wheelchair accessible?
Yes. We welcome customers in wheelchairs. Handicap parking is available, and one of our portable washrooms is wheelchair accessible. The farm is mostly flat, and almost never muddy. Electric wheelchairs may still have some difficulties.
Are there baby changing facilities?
No. Most of our customers change their babies in the comfort of their own vehicle
Is smoking permitted?
Yes and No. Smoking is permitted in the parking lot area. For fire safety and food safety reasons no smoking is permitted beyond the parking area.
Do you accept Visa and debit cards?
Yes. Cash, debit and Visa are accepted methods of payment.
I picked lots of berries and veggies. What is the best way to store them?
Always sort and use any bruised or damaged berries as soon as possible in sauces, purees and jams.
Strawberries: Store uncovered or loosely covered in refrigerator. Wash and rinse. Hull just before serving or freezing.
Raspberries: Remove from container, place on flat trays in a single layer in refrigerator, enjoy within 2 days. It is important not to wash until just before serving.
Blueberries: Best stored in a shallow well ventilated container, they will last 1 week or longer. Wash just before serving.
Fruit: All berries can be placed on flat trays in a single layer and placed in your freezer. Be sure to hull the strawberries first. When frozen, place in freezer bags, seal, label and date. These berries can even be used individually, if desired for special desserts, smoothies, or on cereals all year long.
Vegetables: Peas and beans can be frozen. Wash and cut the ends off snow peas and green and yellow beans. Take the regular peas out of their pods (or have them shelled in our automatic shelling machine)! Blanche the vegetables in boiling water for about 1 minute. Place in freezer bags and draw out the air. Seal, label and date bags and place in freezer. Use throughout the year or on their own, in stir frys, soups or stews.