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Jun 9, 2007 07:28 AM

Pick Your Own


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?


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    1. re: FlavoursGal

      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.

      1. re: pearlD

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

    2. 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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      1. re: torontovore

        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!

      2. 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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        1. re: beach_cook

          two red thumbs up for Whittamore strawberries

          1. re: beach_cook

            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.

            1. re: Full tummy

              by July the strawberries are pretty well finished 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.......