Three Generations of The Gervais Family
- Spring 2010
|Adrien and Evelyn Gervais purchased the farm in 1968 and grew tobacco until 1979. Getting out of the tobacco industry, strawberries were the first crop, beginning in 1977, followed by blueberries, raspberries and asparagus in the mid 80's. By the 90's the blueberry fields had grown to 40 acres, making Barrie Hill Farms
one of the the largest highbush blueberry farms in Ontario. The farm continues to offer customers new and exciting products. For instance, in 1998 peas were added to our list of crops, and in 1999 green and yellow beans.
The farm is still family owned and
operated. Adrien and Evelyn's older son
Morris operates the farm. At 89
years young, Adrien is semi-retired, and while he continues to help
out around the farm, he devotes most of his spare time to his favourite pastime - growing giant pumpkins! You can see a replica of his 1999 champion on display at the farm entrance.
The success of Barrie Hill Farms over
the years, is due to Adrien & Evelyn's
foresight, work ethic and dedication to
family and farm. it is also a result of
the loyal support of our customers and
community. Morris hopes to be able to
continue farming the land for many years
to come, and perhaps a third generation
will one day be able to grow fuits and
veggies and care for the land.
Eye in the Sky
An aerial photo of the farm in 2002, and
as it was when the Gervais family
established Barrie Hill Farms as a
tobacco farm in 1968. Notice the 8 large
kilns that were used to dry the tobacco.
Today, the area where the kilns once
stood is the parking lot for our pick
your own customers.