Usually the precious strawberry season comes and goes and I am left to rely on my local farmers’ markets for that sweet berry goodness. (Not a bad thing.) This year however, my toddler and I traveled on opening day to fill our baskets at Organics Farm, a family-run certified organic farm north of Markham.
We picked. We tasted (the two-year-old realized this very late in the picking game thank goodness.) And returned home with enough for the family and the freezer.
Getting there: They are located on the northeast corner of Reesor Road (Tenth Line). (For those considering Ninth Line – it’s currently slow moving due to construction. Though good for digger watching.) Parking is free and there is some overflow parking past the main area.
Low-down: Open 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 5 pm on weekends. Busiest days are Saturdays. The pick-your-own strawberries are $4 per quart (or $3.15 per pound.) There is a $5 minimum purchase per person (kids two-and-under are free) paid upon arrival. This is deducted from your final purchase when you’re done picking.
Gear up: It’s a wide-open field, so bring sunscreen and hats. We’d recommend long pants and shoes as there are some prickly plants.
Snack time: There is a small store selling local and seasonal organic fruits and vegetables, naturally-pasture raised, hormone and anti-biotic free meats, and breads from their wood-burning oven. They sometimes cook up pizza from the oven. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and picnic on the grounds. There isn’t a lot of seating so pack a blanket.
Potty time: Two port-a-potties near parking area.
Wagon and animals: For my kid in TOw, the wagon ride to and from the fields came a very close second to the actual picking. It’s a ten-minute walk if you choose to go by foot. En route, you’ll see some bees, as well as catch a glimpse of some cows, pigs and chickens. You can also wander around to spot them but be aware of the electric fence.
Looking for another location? Toronto4Kids has pulled together this list of farms in the GTA.