Pan-Fried Sausage & Apples

It’s the healthy comfort food season and what better way to enjoy than this Pan-Fried Sausage & Apples dish. There are so many delicious elements to this recipe – garlic, onions, mushrooms, red peppers, spinach and sage create a medley of memorable flavors!

The farm has so many different varieties of apples to choose from – Sunrise, Gala, Honey Crisp, Mackintosh and Zestar! I’m all about creating your own flavors so feel free to pick your favorite apple for this dish but I used Sunrise – one of my favorite!

Sweet and savory is always popular and the addition of pan-fried sage takes this dish over the top. When cooked this way, sage leaves lose their pungent, harsh taste entirely and become subtle instead of overpowering.

We all know about the main benefits of apples but did you also know that they:

  • Improve neurological health
  • Prevent dementia
  • Lower levels of bad cholesterol
  • Reduce risk of diabetes

Are apples a favorite fruit in your house? Share your apple creations with us on Facebook or Instagram by tagging #barriehillfarms so we can inspire our followers!

Pan-Fried Sausage & Apples

There are so many delicious elements to this recipe – garlic, onions, mushrooms, red peppers, spinach and sage create a medley of memorable flavors!

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: pan-fried sausage & apples
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 6 sweet Italian sausages (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 1 large sweet onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 8 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 container of button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Sunrise apples, cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedge. Or use the red apple of your choice.
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausages, and cook, turning occasionally, 6 – 8 minutes or until browned. Remove from skillet, and set aside, covering to keep warm.

  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, 1 minute. Add mushrooms, and cook 1 minute. Add bell pepper and apples, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes or until mixture is slightly softened. Stir in sage, salt, and pepper; cook 1 minute. Stir in broth and sausages.
  • Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until sausages are cooked through and vegetables are tender.

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Recipe courtesy of Simply Fresh Dinners,  A partner with Barrie Hill Farms in bringing fresh recipes to your table.

More Apple Recipes from Barrie Hill Farms:

Autumn Salad with Apple and Smoked Salmon

Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Apples and Grapes

When are Apples Available at Barrie Hills Farm?

Autumn Salad with Apple and Smoked Salmon

An Autumn Salad with Apple and Smoked Salmon may sound a little quirky but throw some grapes in there and you’ve got a taste explosion in your mouth! 


I have to admit that some folks will likely balk at the combination of ingredients in this salad but trust me, it works!  I wanted to create a salad with the colors of Fall and something a little quirky – and I think this is it.  Aren’t you tired of eating the same old things?  You’ve got to give your taste buds a jolt now and then – it’s good for you!

When you look at the list of ingredients you’ll have to agree that each item complements the other.  After all, salmon goes with apples – right?  Grapes go with apples – right?  Grapes baked on salmon is fantastic – trust me – it is!  So why not combine them all for a taste explosion in your mouth!

I was out at Barrie Hill Farms last weekend and picked up these delicious Mutsu apples.  They are perfect for salads because they have a fresh, crisp, sharp taste that works well in thin slices.  They’re great to eat just as is, too.  They had a beautiful selection and I wanted to bring home bushels to drop off to friends and family to make apple pies.  I really need to learn how to bake!

Apples in a basket picked from Barrie Hill Farms

They had some great decorating ideas for Thanksgiving this weekend as well!  Because Canadian Thanksgiving falls before Halloween, we often use pumpkins on our tablescapes.

Thanksgiving decorating ideas

As always, the dill and chives in this salad really pack a punch and the toasted pumpkin seeds add some crunch along with the celery.  The dressing is very simple and I would recommend doubling up on it because I think you’ll like it on garden salads as well.

I thought the radicchio added some richness in color and flavor and you’ll want to toss in the leaves from the celery as well because they’re full of good nutrients.

I used globe grapes because they have that nice round shape and make a better presentation.  Besides, they’re super juicy right now and delicious! I even tossed a little feta cheese on it when I made it again the next day.

Autumn salad with apple and smoked salmon in a bowl



Autumn Salad with Apple and Smoked Salmon

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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: apple salad, smoked salmon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 157kcal


  • 2 cups fresh greens, rinsed and dried
  • 1 cup radicchio leaves, rinsed and dried
  • 1 mutsu apple (or your choice), cored, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of grapes, washed and cut in half
  • 6 oz smoked salmon, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • toasted sunflower seeds
  • 2 ounces of crumbled feta cheese (optional)


  • 5 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp raw honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp of chopped chives and dill


  • Simply mix ingredients together for salad, tossing gently.


  • Mix all ingredients together, except fresh herbs. Stir well and add herbs just before serving.


Calories: 157kcal | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg

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Recipe courtesy of Simply Fresh Dinners,  A partner with Barrie Hill Farms in bringing fresh recipes to your table.


More Apple Recipes from Barrie Hill Farms

Autumn Kale Apple and Quinoa Salad

Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Honey Crisp Apple

Oven Roast Chicken Breast with Apples and Grapes

A calendar showing when crops are available at Barrie Hills Farm.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Apple

This simple and easy recipe contains the deliciousness of sprouts, apple and thyme tossed with olive oil and fresh apple cider!

  I topped it with a few pomegranate arils as well to add more colour.  Did you know they contain Vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants?

Barrie Hill Farms Brussels Sprouts Salad

Leave those stray leaves on your baking tray.  They cook up quickly and you may have to remove them when you toss them halfway through but they add a great crunch to the dish.

Barrie Hill Farms – Brussels sprouts and apples

I also added peeled garlic cloves to this but it seems I took this picture before I included them.  This is totally optional but it’s a wonderful addition for garlic addicts like myself.

This dish used the apples from the very first crop of apples from  Barrie Hill Farms.  They pressed their own apple cider right at the farm.  Can’t get any fresher than that!

Barrie Hill Farms, fresh apple cider

I need one of these machines.   Hmmm, I guess I better get myself an apple orchard first.   You can see why I get so crazy excited about working with the farm!

Barrie Hill Farms – Making Apple Cider

These Gala and Honey Crisp apples were the best I’ve tasted.

The Many Health Benefits to Apples!

  • Improves neurological health
  • Helps in preventing dementia
  • Reduces the risk of stroke
  • Lowering levels of bad cholestrol
  • Reduces your risk of diabetes

Barrie Hill Farms – Making Apple Cider

The result?  A healthy, vegan dish that is super tasty, colorful and the perfect side dish any day of the week.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Apples

This simple and easy recipe contains the deliciousness of sprouts, apple and thyme tossed with olive oil and fresh apple cider!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: brussels sprouts and apples
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 154kcal


  • 1 apple, diced. I used Gala apples. Leave skin on if organic.
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, washed, halved
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, peeled
  • small handful of sprigs of thyme
  • 1/4 cup apple cider (Zieglars Apple Cider is gluten free, as are many others)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate arils


  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Place apples, sprouts and garlic in medium sized bowl.
  • Combine cider, olive oil and pepper in a small bowl, mixing well. Pour mixture over apple combo and stir gently until well coated.
  • Spread mixture on baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes and toss. Remove any stray leaves that are getting crunchy. Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes or until sprouts are slightly browned. Remove.
  • Place in serving bowl and top with pomegranate arils if desired and serve.


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 540mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 880IU | Vitamin C: 100.7mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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Recipe courtesy of Simply Fresh Dinners,  A partner with Barrie Hill Farms in bringing fresh recipes to your table.


More Apple Recipes from Barrie Hill Farms

Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Honey Crisp Apple

Oven Roast Chicken Breast with Apples and Grapes

A calendar showing when crops are available at Barrie Hills Farm.

Top Recipes Featuring Locally Grown Ontario Foods

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With the holidays and first day of winter coming up soon, there’s no better time to plan out a lovely dinner of local food recipes that will bring together your family and friends. From appetizers to dessert, we have all your local food bases covered in a delicious grouping of Ontario asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, and apples.

Ontario Strawberry and Blueberry Savoury Appetizers

It’s chilly outside, but your house is warm from the oven and filled with the mouth-watering scent of home cooked foods. Your family and friends arrive, cheeks red from the snow and ravenous from the drive – but don’t worry, you’re ready and waiting with two amazing appetizer options. The first is a Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa that pairs perfectly with your favourite cracker or some corn tortillas. It’s sweet and spicy flavours combine in a unique and tongue tingling way, and best of all you only need strawberries, Jalapeno, red onion, cilantro and lime.

If you think that your guests are amazed at your culinary prowess now, just wait until they see your Balsamic Blueberry Steak Crostinis. These delightful bite sized snacks are a perfect combination of sweet and savoury, and are completely customizable. This crostini recipe includes steak that’s as spiced as you want, your favourite soft cheese, a tangy green such as spinach or arugula, and an Ontario blueberry balsamic dressing. Not only does this dish make an impressive presentation and taste delicious, but the blueberries provide some amazing health benefits as well.

Ontario Apple and Asparagus Main Courses

Everyone has settled in by now, the wine and conversations are flowing and you’re ready to unveil the next dish – a winter chill-defying Asparagus, Spinach & Garlic Soup. This simple dish is made using only a few ingredients, but never fails to impress with it’s elegant presentation. You can add in milk or Ontario potatoes if you want to make it creamier or thicker, and the garlic in the recipe lends an extra savoury note to this humble but warming dish.

It’s time for the main event, and in a fresh twist on a classic dish you’ve prepared Oven Roasted Chicken with Apples & Grapes. The combination of meat and fruit will surprise not only your guests, but their taste buds as well. The addition of sweet Ontario apples and tart grapes brings out the natural flavours in your chicken and adds additional juiciness to the entire dish. This healthy and deceptively simple main course shows amazingly on your table and will definitely spark a conversation.

Nestled beside your chicken is the fantastically colourful Autumn Kale, Apple & Quinoa Salad that combines some of our favourite tasty superfoods. This salad looks complex but will only take you a couple minutes to prepare, and can be customized in a couple of ways to suit your taste. Barrie Hill Farms grows a variety of Ontario apples, all of which can be picked yourself from our fields. The Zestar! apple was chosen for this recipe because of its sweet-tart taste that can be compared to a Honey Crisp. It’s firm crisp flesh holds up very nicely if you want to make it ahead of time for dinner.

Local Strawberries for Holiday Desserts

Dinner is over and everyone is sated, smiling and nestled down by the fire to chat and laugh, but you’re not done yet! You have one last showstopper of a dish to finish out an amazing and delicious night: a Sugar-Free Strawberry topping. This super simple, three-ingredient dish is sugar free and can be eaten on its own or on top of any number of desserts. Pairs perfectly with a drink and some entertaining stories from the past.

Locally Grown Foods All Year Long

This is the time of year when we gather to celebrate the past 12 months, and what better way to do it than with local foods gathered from the fields in your neighbourhood. Here at Barrie Hill Farms we’re eagerly looking forward to spring, but until then are making use of our winter stores of fresh produce to create some delicious recipes for family and friends.

The Peak of Apple Picking in Ontario is September When Honeycrisp Apples are Ready

Honeycrisp Apple Picking in Ontario Barrie Hill Farms

Mid-September marks the peak of apple picking season in Ontario, with the release of a fan-favourite: Honeycrisp apples.  They are typically ready mid to late September in Ontario. As the days get cooler, apple picking is an excellent way to get outside and enjoy a crisp fall day.

What Makes Honeycrisp Apples So Delicious?

The secret to the amazing burst of flavour you get when you bite into a Honeycrisp apple is the cell size. The cells are actually twice the size of regular apples, and when you bite in, the cells rupture and release delicious sweet and tart juice. It is this difference that results in the signature Honeycrisp crunch.

Honeycrisp apples were discovered in Minnesota in the 60’s and marketed as Honeycrisp in the 90’s and quickly became one of North America’s favourite varieties. They have a relatively long shelf life, and are excellent for baking and applesauce.

Characteristics of the Honeycrisp Apple:

  • Yellow background, pink blush colour, with creamy white flesh inside
  • The sweet, tart flavour is maintained during cooking, making the Honeycrisp apple good for baking and apple sauce
  • Honeycrisp apples require cooler climates and do well in Northern States and Canada
  • They are the official state fruit of Minnesota, where they were invented
  • The Honeycrisp apple is popular in Canada, and is a favourite along with Gala and Ambrosia

Going Apple Picking in Ontario Means Getting the Freshest Apples Possible

Your local grocery store carries apples in the produce section. But you never know when your apples were picked, or how they will taste once you get them home. In fact, many apples are picked and stored for months before ever reaching your plate. This can result in a disappointing lack of taste, texture and crunch. We are so lucky to be close to our apple orchards, and to be able to feast on apples that are picked fresh. We should take advantage!

Apple picking is a great family activity and the start of a wonderful early fall tradition. Try bringing home a bushel for homemade applesauce and apple pies. You can put leftovers in the freezer to enjoy all winter long. In fact, you can even get a head start on your Thanksgiving baking by picking your apples in mid-September, and getting your holiday baking done early.

Try this Delicious Way to Enjoy Fresh-Picked Ontario Apples

This recipe lends itself perfectly to the crunchy texture of the Honeycrisp apple, but works just fine with any apple variety.

Thinly slice your apples and dress them up (just like you would for a cracker) for a tasty fall appetizer or movie-night snack:

  • crumbled goat cheese, honey and fresh rosemary
  • old cheddar cheese
  • a drizzle of maple syrup and pecans
  • peanut butter and raisins
  • soft spreadable cheese and cranberries
  • greek yogurt and rainbow sprinkles

There are so many ways to enjoy apples from Ontario apple orchards and there’s nothing like apple picking on a cool, crisp fall day. Plan to make Barrie Hill Farms your family fall tradition and go apple picking together!

Barrie Hill Farms has these apple varieties:

  • Sunrise
  • Zestar
  • McIntosh
  • Gala
  • Honeycrisp

Check here for availability.

Oven Roasted Chicken Breast With Apples and Grapes

Combining fruit with your oven roasted chicken breast intensifies the flavour and creates a delicious entree.  When you add a powerful herb like sage to the grapes and apples you have something so sublime and special.

oven roasted chicken breast, grapes and apples on a skillet

Wow, you guys, I love everything about this dish – it’s simplicity, the robust essence of the sweet and savory seasonings, the roasted juiciness of the fruit – it’s pure heaven!  This represents exactly what I strive for in my cooking – healthy, real food that is easy to prepare and yet tastes as though you spent hours in the kitchen.  The whole family will certainly enjoy this and be asking when you will be making it again!

Spicing Up Your Oven Roasted Chicken Breast

I am discovering more and more that we all tend to get stuck in our mundane ways of eating and some people find this dish adventurous (or even weird) because it combines meat and fruit.   If you are one of those people, I encourage you to take that chance and try this because your palate will be giving you hell afterward and you’ll be wondering what took you so long! The apples and the grapes provide the natural sweetness that makes the entire dish juicy and full of delicious flavours.

The sage in this dish is the key but I have seen recipes using thyme or rosemary as well.   I initially saw this in The Food Lover’s Cleanse by Sara Dickerman but changed up the herbs and added some apples.   The shallots are another essential ingredient that has made this my new favourite.  I’ve cooked it twice more since initially making it because I just can’t get enough!  I picked the apples up from the Barrie Hill Farms market in the Fall – check them out if you are in the area!  Add these apple chunks to your oven roasted chicken breast recipe will be an addition you will never forget about when cooking with chicken!

Tips For Your Oven Baked Chicken Breast

I left the skin on the chicken because I wanted it extra juicy but you can remove it before eating if you’re concerned about the calories.   I also topped it with a delicious nut and spice mix I purchased from Glory Kitchen.   It contains almonds, sun-dried tomatoes, aleppo pepper, garlic, basil, oregano and rosemary.

chicken breast, grapes & spices on a cutting board.This oven roasted chicken breast recipe combines the best flavors with delicious fruit to make a healthy dinner for you and your family.  I used apples and grapes, but you could substitute or add other fruits that suit you better.  The combination of juicy fresh apples with delicious grapes is a nice combination and if you enjoy those fruits, you can’t really go wrong.  Give it a try and let me know what you think! What other fruits could you use instead of grapes and apples?

Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Apples and Grapes

The oven roasted chicken breast when combined with the sweetness of the apples and grapes brings a sweet and delicious combination.  Adding the herbs like sage give the dish so much flavour that your taste buds will thank you and beg for more!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 381kcal
Author: Robyn Gleason @ Simply Fresh Dinners


  • 4 chicken breasts skin on
  • 1/2 tsp 5 spice powder (or cinnamon)
  • 1 dash sea salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 6 shallots quartered
  • 8 sage leaves sliced thinly
  • 2 apples skin on, chopped into larger bite sized pieces
  • 1 large bunch of red grapes on the stem
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 425F
  • Season the chicken on both sides with the five spice powder or cinnamon and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • In a large oenproof skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat. Blot the chicken with paper towels and add the to the pan skin down; add the shallots. Cook the chicken undisturbed until brown and crisp; about 5-8 minutes depending on thickness. Turn the shallots frequently while the chicken cooks.
  • Turn the breasts over and add the sage, apples and grapes. Add the vinegar and 1/4 cup of water to deglaze the skillet. Season with more salt and pepper.
  • Transfer the pan to the oven and roast ntil the chicken is cooked through and the grapes just start to wrinkle, about 8 minutes. Serve the chicken with the roasted grapes, apples and shallots alongside and any pan juices spooned on top.


Calories: 381kcal

oven roasted chicken breast with grapes and apples on a skillet

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Recipe courtesy of Simply Fresh Dinners,  A partner with Barrie Hill Farms in bringing fresh recipes to your table.


More Apple Recipes from Barrie Hill Farms

Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Honey Crisp Apple

Autumn Kale Apple Quinoa Salad


When are Apples Available at Barrie Hills Farm?A calendar showing when crops are available at Barrie Hills Farm.



Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Honey Crisp Apple

These Goat Cheese Bruschetta appetisers are topped with honey crisp apples, pecans, and a drizzle of honey. This apple bruschetta recipe is a great twist to the classic tomato topping and a perfect starter to an elegant meal.

Goat Cheese Bruschetta topped with apples and pecans on a cutting board.

Apple Crostini

When you mix local apples with goat cheese, candied pecans, honey and pomegranate seeds, well, let’s just say the deliciousness factor is magnified by ten!

Lots of texture, sweetness and colour make up this goat cheese bruschetta recipe.  The little jewels of the pomegranate always add something special, don’t you think?  If you’re confused about how to open a pomegranate, check out YouTube but I must confess, I’m too impatient to do it with the water methods or cutting it into six chambers.

I simply score it around the middle, twist and open it up.  Flip each side upside down in a bowl and tap with a wooden spoon and your seeds will pop out.

A silver colander filled with fresh honey crisp apples.

Wash your apples very well and if they’re not organic, you’ll want to peel them.  I love Honey Crisp apples for this snack because of their sweetness but you can change it up if you want – just be sure to pick a sweet one.

Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer

Bowls of the different toppings for goat cheese burschetta.

Topping this tasty little bite with thyme and a drizzle of honey will have you smacking your lips and reaching for a second..and a third!  Another way to keep this low on calories is to use whole wheat bread and regular pecans or your nut of choice.

Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Honey Crisp Apple

These tasty little goat cheese bruschetta appetizers are topped with tons of flavor and texture - apples, pomegranates, pecans and thyme. A drizzle of honey takes them over the top!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16 pieces
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Robyn Gleason


  • 1 whole wheat baguetta cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large honey crisp apple sliced
  • 5 ounces goat cheese softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup pecans chopped (candied are great)
  • fresh thyme to garnish


  • If toasting the baguette, preheat oven 350 degrees.
  • Brush baguette slices with olive oil. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly brown and crisp. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • In your blender place goat cheese, cream cheese, heavy cream and honey. Blend on high until whipped and fluffy - about 2 minutes. Scrape mixture into a small bowl.
  • Place baguette slices on serving platter and spread whipped goat cheese mixture over each individual piece. Thinly slice the apple and place one or two pieces on each. Top with chopped pecans and pomegranate arils. Drizzle with honey and top with pecans and chopped thyme sprigs.


Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.7mg

Two goat cheese bruschetta topped with whipped goat cheese, apples and honey drizzled on top.

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Recipe courtesy of Simply Fresh Dinners,  A partner with Barrie Hill Farms in bringing fresh recipes to your table.


More Apple Recipes from Barrie Hill Farms

Oven Roasted Chicken Breasts with Apples and Grapes

Autumn Kale Apple Quinoa Salad


When are Apples Available at Barrie Hills Farm?A calendar showing when crops are available at Barrie Hills Farm.