Last month I introduced you to Halton Region’s bountiful farmers’ markets -- have you been yet? They are open for the season! (Click here for my list of market locations and opening hours.) The markets are a great place to do your weekly shop and plan meals around the freshest local produce from a variety of farms … but this month, let’s go straight to the source: the farm! (or farm stand)! Halton Region offers residents and tourists amazing access to on farm entertainment, fresh produce, and locally produced goods.
Our journey starts with one of my favourite fruits: local strawberries! Those sweet and juicy little red pieces of heaven are only available for a short time here in Halton. The berries are ripe for picking and eating mid-June all around the Region, including at Stonehaven Farm Market in Campbellville. Their strawberry season officially starts June 17th, but stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates (strawberries are very dependent on Mother Nature’s whims).
You can also get your strawberry fill at Hutchinson Farm in Burlington, along with tomato and herb plants for your home garden (nothing beats a backyard tomato, I highly recommend it – but remember to get a basil plant too so you can have caprese salads and margarita pizzas all summer long). Take a peak at their Facebook page too for great photo updates from the farm and market.
If Georgetown is closer to your neighbourhood, head over to Allison’s Farm Market. They will also be open for the strawberry season mid-June, just check their website and call ahead for availability. Besides my favourite little berries, you will find local treats in their market store like honey, popcorn, and even ice cream. If you’re heading to the Georgetown Farmers’ Market this weekend, you can find Allison’s Farm Market there too.
Speaking of strawberries (we’re still talking about strawberries right?), Springridge Farm posted my favourite update last weekend: “We know the first thought when you wake up every morning is, ‘Are the strawberries at Springridge Farm ready yet?’ We are patiently awaiting a little more sunshine for the strawberries to ripen soon!” How did they know? It’s like they read my mind…love it! According to their website, the first berries will be ready on Father’s Day weekend (but if Mother Nature says “nope, not yet,” you should still head to Springridge Farm for their 4th annual Food Truck Festival!
After you whet your appetite at the food trucks, rest up for the following weekend when Andrews’ Scenic Acres hosts their Strawberry Festival. An ENTIRE festival of STRAWBERRIES. The best part about this pick-your-own farm and market is that they have a direct line to Mother Nature herself – just call to find out what produce is ripe and available for picking (or picking up at their farm store).
Still looking for more (strawberries)? There are many more places to get fresh, local produce in Halton Region. Use the Region’s Interactive Simply Local Map to find what’s available near you. When you head to a farm, market, roadside stand, or your own backyard garden, we want to see your local food journeys – share your food photos and stories with us on our Facebook page!
By Michelle Malandra