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tomgrrrl Jun 9, 2007 07:28 AM

Hello!

I am looking to plan a few trips to pick our own berries, cherries, peaches and was hoping to get some good recommendations on where and when to go?

Thanks!!

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    FlavoursGal Jun 9, 2007 07:59 AM

    Here you go, tomgrrrl: http://www.harvestontario.com/pyo.html

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      pearlD Jun 9, 2007 09:37 AM

      Whittamore's Farm is my absolute favourite! Well organized, telephone information re 'what's available' is always up to date and the bonus is their own Baked Goods and Preserves. See above 'FavoursGal' information for great information/directions on all of the Farms in the GTA.

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        tomgrrrl Jun 9, 2007 10:11 AM

        This is AWESOME!!! Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks so much :)

    2. torontovore Jun 10, 2007 01:16 PM

      Andrews Scenic Acres near Milton is the only place I've found in Ontario that has pick-your-own blackcurrants. They also have a winery were you can buy some of their great fruit wines too.

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        oohlala Jul 30, 2007 08:12 AM

        Andrews Scenic Acres is an absolute gem! In terms of scale, it's smaller than Whittamore, but the landscape is definitely more interesting than Whittamore. The variety is amazing, pick-your-own (RIGHT NOW!!!! all for $3/lb) for gooseberry, red gooseberry, white currant, red currant, black currants, white raspberries, red raspberries, black raspberries, and blueberries. They have elderberries in the fall time. Home baked butter tart is one of the best i've ever tasted! If you mind the drive, it's a lot better than whittamore~ The only problem is that they don't really have a map of the farm, so it's quite hard to navigate for specific berries u wanna pick. Just gotta get there early!

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        beach_cook Jun 12, 2007 07:43 AM

        Introduced to Whittamore's by a friend who has picked there for 40+ years. They run a first-class operation, exc that, in recent years they've switched to new varieties I consider inferior, favouring big size/easy picking over smaller/more flavourful. Beware esp the big, tasteless, orangey Italian variety of strawberry. In full season they will send you to an area with the better older varieties, if you ask.

        I go regularly for strawb+raspb to freeze + eat out-of-hand, as well as for red/white/black currants & gooseberries. They sell by the pound, so esp convenient to take a measure when picking for a specific recipe. Also lovely green + wax beans, sugar, snap + green beans. Store sells superfresh rhubarb, new potatoes, etc from their farm also.

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          Finnegan Jun 12, 2007 12:41 PM

          two red thumbs up for Whittamore strawberries

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            Full tummy Jul 7, 2007 01:44 PM

            Went to Whittamore's today and was disappointed at the flavourless strawberries - I think the same ones you're referring to. I asked the staff if they had any others, and they said not at this stage of the season. Disappointing! Beans and raspberries were lovely, though.

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              pearlD Jul 10, 2007 06:13 AM

              by July the strawberries are pretty well finished ....next year try mid-june and I think you will be more than happy. RASBERRY season is right now and for the next 3 to 4 weeks...again, it is better to go in either early or mid july for the best fruit and easier picking as well. There is also a 'september' rasberry crop but I have found that it is smallish and frankly dissapointing.......

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