What comes to mind when you think of farm fresh produce? Does it bring to mind the simple pleasure of choosing a pint of local strawberries to take home, of deciding which pumpkin most clearly says ‘pick me!’ Or is it the knowledge that you’re choosing something deliciously good for your health, your hometown and your neighbours? Local food is … [Read more...] about What is Farm Fresh Produce, and Why Does it Matter?
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Health conscious Barrie dwellers who like to visit Ontario farmers’ markets in summer tend to lose enthusiasm for buying local foods once temperatures drop. It’s as though the first snow blanket over those pick-your-own strawberry fields tries to cover up all our good intentions for making eating local Ontario produce a priority. But eating local … [Read more...] about Five Wintertime Tips for Making the Most of Ontario Farmers’ Markets
Every fall should celebrate the changing of the seasons. But in the midst of back-to-school from summer vacation, homework, and a return to being busy, families often forget. But fall shouldn’t be all about work! Take a day off and enjoy the fall season: the crisp fall air, the colours of the leaves, and of course, a trip to the farm. There are … [Read more...] about 8 Reasons to Visit the Pumpkin Farm and Apple Orchard this Fall
Strawberry picking in June is an Ontario tradition you don’t want to miss out on. If you haven’t tasted fresh-picked strawberries, then it’s definitely time to sample Ontario’s sweetest treat! Make the most of your first strawberry picking excursion, and ensure your berries are at their best with these suggestions. When Does Strawberry Picking … [Read more...] about Strawberry Picking 101: Tips for Bringing Home the Best Berries
Even if you’re in the heart of the city, it’s worth a drive to your local farm market. Getting closer to where your food comes from results in the freshest food possible, along with an excellent day out in the sunshine if you opt to pick your own. While this may seem like work to you, it’s a labour of love. When you pick your own fruits and … [Read more...] about Top 10 Reasons You Should Choose the Farm Market Over the Supermarket
After closing their operation last fall, most of their farm equipment was offered for sale. Farmer Morris agreed to purchase quite a few of Whittamore’s irrigation pipes and fittings. Today, Mike Whittamore stopped by the farm to drop off the last of the order. As many of you may know, the Whittamore family has retired from farming “Pick-Your-Own” … [Read more...] about Whittamore’s Farm in the City: Thank You for 60 Years of Farm Fun