Fresh Strawberries

It is strawberry season!

Fun Facts:

  • The only fruit that has their seeds on the outside is strawberries.
  • Strawberries are members of the rose family. 
  • Belgium has a museum dedicated to strawberries.

You don’t have to go to Belgium to get your strawberries though; there are many places in Elgin County to go:

Howes Family Farm Market 
At the Howes Family Farm Market they harvested their strawberries fresh daily, cool them and sell them the day they were harvested.
Please check out there website for more information: http://howefamilyfarms.ca/ 

Empire Valley Farm Market
“Empire Valley Farm Market has become a community gathering place. We are dedicated to providing fresh foods for healthy eating all year long; flowers and plants for beautiful backyard living and knowledgeable staff who are happy to help.”  - Dave & Joy Westelaken
Please check out there website for more information: http://www.empirevalleyfarms.com/

Talbotville Berry Farm
Here is the three top reasons to visit them this weekend:
1.    U pick Strawberries from 9am-noon Saturday and Sunday for $2/Quart
2.    Ready Picked Strawberries are $3.99/Quart
3.    Farm Made: Strawberry Sauce, Strawberry Cheesecake, Salsa Mexi Dip Biscuits
Please check out there website for more information: http://www.talbotvilleberryfarm.com/

Berry Hill Fruit Farm
Why buy locally grown food? 
Well, the average food item travels 2500-4000 KM before it reaches your plate, so when you buy local you'll get exceptional taste and freshness, strengthen your local economy, support endangered family farms, safeguard your family's health, and protect the environment.
Please check out there website for more information: http://www.berryhillfruitfarm.com/

Ferguson’s Produce
In 1989, the Ferguson's planted their first strawberries. Now many years later, the farm consists of 7 varieties of strawberries - available at the retail roadside market, through U-pick or through select grocery stores in Southwestern Ontario. Ferguson berries grow with drip line irrigation that provides proper moisture and nutrients. Our soil is clay-loam and is systematically drained.
Please check out there website for more information: http://www.fergusonproduce.com/ 

Great Lakes Farms
In 2014, Great Lakes Farms tired making strawberry baked goods for the first time.  It was a hit so keep your eye out for what new creations they will come up with.
Please check out there website for more information: http://www.greatlakesfarms.ca/

For more information on where you can buy local fruits and vegetables please check out the Buy Local Buy Fresh guide found online by clicking here or pick up a printed copy from the tourism information location, 450 Sunset Drive, (1st Floor Economic Development), St. Thomas, ON, N5R 5V1. 
 

Young girl eating a strawberry