It is gorgeous out there this weekend! Why not get the family out to one of these farms for some fun and some fruit! Sorted by area:
Two Century Farm (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
The original land of D.Smith and Sons, Two Century Farm, has remained in five generations of Smith ownership since 1788. The farm has grown due to diligent farming practicies and the comitment of the Smith Family. The first settler, John Smith, came from New Jersey, in 1787, followed in ownership by the sons of each generation. The farm location, and sandy soils, contribute to the excellent quality of fruit. Visit the farm for retail, wholesale or bring the family and pick your own fruit.
Address: Two Century Farm, 400 Main Street West, Grimsby, Ontario
Telephone: (905) 945-4294
Silmaril Farm (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
Silmaril Farm is a small family run farm that offers an assortment of farm fresh products throughout the year. The farm is home to a small flock of sheep, angora goats, turkeys, chickens, ducks and assortment of other critters. Pick your own apples.
Address: 144 Russ Rd., Grimsby, ON
Berry Farms (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
This is a Pick-Your-Own farm growing red and black currants, gooseberries, raspberries, black berries and 1/2 an acre of blueberries. Make sure you all ahead for conditions and availability.
Hours of Operation: July – August approximately, depending upon Mother Nature. Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address: Berry Patch, 2010 South Service Road, Jordan, Ontario
Cherry Avenue Farms (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
Pack a picnic and bring your family for a tractor ride in to Cherry Avenue Farms orchards, to pick your own sun ripened fruit. The Moyer Family has owned and operated their farm since 1799; over 200 years! Visitors have the opportunity to have a true farm experience; pick you own sweet cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots or pears depending upon the month. The Moyers are dedicated to providing excellent fruit and service to all of their customers. The orchards are wheelchair accessible, and well maintained, for your picking pleasure.
For a schedule of pick-your-own crops, visit this link:
Hours of Operation: July – mid Sept, Daily 8:00 am – 7 pm
Visitors should check their website or call prior to heading to the farm, for picking conditions.
Address: 4303 Cherry Avenue, Beamsville, Ontario
Telephone: (905) 562-5481
Kar-Dean Farms (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
Kar-Dean Farms is located in Vineland Station, and provides visitors with the opportunity to pick their own sweet cherries. The Niagara Region is known for its tender fruit production, so if you are visiting between June and July, you’re visit would not be complete without sampling Niagara’s sweet cherries.
Hours of Operation
Open 9 am – 5 pm (weekends only)
Address: Kar-Dean Farms, 3320 First Avenue, Vineland Station, Ontario
Telephone: (905) 562-4394
Life’s A Peach Farm (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
Cherries, U-pick and already picked, farm market. Open: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 6pm
Cherries are available until approximately beginning of July. Please call before coming to the farm. Apples and Grapes: September-October.
Address:4435 Bartlett Rd, Beamsville, ON
Tigchelaar Berry Farms (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
Farming is in the genes for the Tigchelaar brothers. Beginning with their grandfather on his farm in Stoney Creek, Ontario, and with their own father on his farm in Binbrook, Ontario, farming has been a way of life for generations for the Tigchelaar family. Over the last 20 years the Tigchelaars have expanded their strawberry tradition in the lovely Niagara region. Market and pick-your-own strawberry farm.
Address: 4171 Jordan Road, Jordan Station, ON, L0R 1S0
Phone: (905) 981-7118
Windwood Farms (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
A family operated farm located on the beautiful Beamsville ‘Bench’, Windwood Farms has become a traditional destination for families and friends to pick fresh and tasty Apples, Pears, and Plums. The farm is also home to a big pumpkin patch where you can personally select that perfect specimen to carve into something special. The quaint market is the place to go for fresh seasonal vegetables, pre-picked fruit, baked goods, and of course, Windwood’s Famous Apple Cider.
Address: 4198 King Street East, Beamsville, Ontario
Phone: 905-401-0515 or 905-563-7106
Ridge Berry Farms (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
Ridge Berry Farm occupies just over 27 acres of fertile sandy loam soil in the centre of the Niagara Penninsula. With a climate tempered by Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, the farm has always been dedicated in some measure to fruit production. However, in recent years, many of the fruit crops have been replaced by other more commercially viable species, and today most of the land is used for corn production. But the current owners, who aquired the propery in the summer of 2013, would like to return the property to its original splendour as a small fruit farm.
Today Ridge Berry Farm features small patches of Purple Raspberries and Blackberries. They are also re-establishing an old plot of Arctic Kiwis (unique grape-sized fruit similar to kiwifruit in taste and appearance, but green, brownish, or purple in colour, with smooth skin. The farm also hosts plots of Juneberries (a.k.a. Saskatoons) and Mulberries, as well as some well established Concord grapes. The farm managers are also working on returning a few old apple trees (Crabapple, McIntosh, Empire, and rare Pippin apple trees) into regular production.
The property also includes a small but beautiful patch of Carolinan Forest. Here you will find Black Walnut, Shagbark Hickory, Sugar Maple, Sassafras, Ramps (wild leek), Garlic Scapes (edible stalks of hardneck garlic that resemble chives in appearance), wild blackberries, wild grapes, and a variety of different wild mushrooms including Pheasant Back Saddle Mushrooms and Powder Puffs.
Hours of Operation: Wednesday to Sunday 11:00 am -6:00 (please call ahead for reservations).
Address: Ridge Berry Farm, 398 Canboro Road, Ridgeville, Ontario
Telephone: (289) 897-8943
Mathias Farms (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
Mathias Farms is a family owned and operated fruit farm that offers pick your own and ready picked fruit to the public. We are set up to handle large numbers of people at one time, for example busloads. We like to encourage families to come to the farm as part of their visit to the Niagara Peninsula. Children are welcome, as long as their family supervises them. Bringing your own container is helpful, but not necessary. All interested parties should call first to inquire as to the picking conditions before coming out to the farm. This is especially true for large groups.
Crops available for pick your own are sweet cherries…sour cherries…red and black raspberries….mulberries….
We also have blackberries and pears and real fruit jams made from fruit that comes off the farm.
Address: 1909 Effingham Street, Ridgeville, Ontario
Telephone: (905) 892-6166
White Meadow Farms
From their website:
From November to January, White Meadows is hard at work preparing for the spring maple rush. Come celebrate maple during our sugaring season from January to April.
Address: 2519 Effingham St. St. Catharines (Pelham), Ontario, Canada L2R 6P7
Rod Wright and Girls Strawberry Farm (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
The farm is particularly devoted to strawberries and welcomes tourists to stop by and pick their own strawberries, great for fresh treats or for baking. The Wright family also has some cows and grows canteloupe, watermelon and squash. For detailed picking conditions or if you would like to inquire about their other produce, please contact the Wright family.
Hours of Operation: Open mid-June until the end of the Strawberry Season (approx. mid-July). Dependant on weather, contact farm for hours of operation.
Address: 905 Canboro Road, Fenwick, Ontario
Telephone: (905) 892 6195
Bry-Anne Farms (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
From the Niagara Greenbelt Website:
Bry-Anne Farms is a great Pick-Your-Own farms which also features an on-site farm gate market selling strawberries, berries, tomatoes, pumpkins, sweet corn and a sundry of other fruits and vegetables in-season. For hours of operation for Pick-Your-Own, please call Bry-Anne Farms ahead of time.
Bry-Anne Farms also regularly attends the St.Catharines Market Square which is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from morning to approximately 3pm at the Market Square in downtown St.Catharines.
During the whole month of October, Bry-Anne Farms turns into the Great Pumpkin Patch. It’s a great fall destination and has fun for everyone. During this time you can get pumpkins, get a snack, visit the Pumpkin Discovery Center, take a hayride, get lost in the straw or hay maze or explore the barn. Kids can also play in the hay playplace. Visitors can try one of their fantastic homemade apple or pumpkin pies. They also sell apples, pumpkins, sweet corn, various kinds of vegetables, squash and gourds and hay bails for home use.
It’s a great place for a fall family trip out, especially with little ones as there is much to do and see.
Hours: Please call ahead for hours of operation and availability from June to October. June – October, Monday – Saturday 8:00am – 8:00pm
Address: 471 Foss Road- R.R #5,Fenwick, Ontario
Weiland Sweet Cherry Farm (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
For the past 50 summers, the Weiland family has had sweet cherry harvests on their family farm in Fonthill. Visitors are welcome to come and pick their own varieties, starting with the large black cherry of the Cavalier variety at the end of June and the popular Bing and Hedelfingen varieties during the month of July.
Bus tours are welcome for pick-your-own but by appointment only.
Hours of Operation: Daily during season approximately end of June until the end of July, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Please call ahead for hours of operation and availability.
Address: Weiland Sweet Cherry Farm, 1625 Haist Street, Fonthill, Ontario
Telephone: (905) 892-3744
Howell Family Pumpkin Farm
Open September through October with a wide range of activities for the whole family.
Address: 2878 Holland Rd. Fonthill Ontario, L0S 1E6
Phone: 905 892 3918
Happy Rolf’s Animal Farm
Happy Rolph’s is located in Grantham Ward along the shores of Lake Ontario and provides residents of the city and region with an opportunity to experience a variety of animals, birds and plants, in a natural setting. Visitors can also enjoy quiet seating and viewing opportunities along Lake Ontario or adjacent to two ponds on site.
Address: 650 Read Rd. (corner of Read Rd. and Northrup Cres.)
Nokara Farms (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
The Nokara farm is 115 acres in size growing primarily peaches and strawberries. Home-baked tarts and pies are a specialty of this farm, on top of the fresh fruit available at the farm market. There is also a pick-your-own strawberry patch during the mid-June Strawberry season open to visitors wishing to collect fresh berries for baking or eating.
Address: 1090 Lakeshore Road West, St. Catharines, Ontario
Parkway Orchards (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
Parkway Orchards is a pick your own fruit farm with cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, apples and grapes available throughout the early summer to fall.
Shop has gifts, teas, honey, syrups, jams, baked goods, ice cream, sandwiches and drinks.
Parkway Orchards sits right on the beautiful and serene Niagara Parkway which runs along the Niagara River dividing the U.S. and Canada. Just take a drive down the parkway and you’ll be reminded what it’s like to be truly at peace again.
Along the way you can stop at any of the wonderful wineries, historic sites or just find a great place to sit down and picnic.
Look for the famous farmer roadsign! Parkway Orchards offers pick your own fruits as well as a shop with baked goods, sandwiches and ice cream. They also have many fun and unique gifts to make your trip down to Beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake even more memorable.
Parkway Orchards is located right off the Niagara Parkway, giving easy access to the Niagara Gorge and trails and nearby attractions such as the Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Queenston, Shaw Festival Theatre, Historic Fort George as well as many award winning wineries, the Floral Clock, Sir Adam Beck Generating Station, Butterfly Conservatory, Royal Botanical Gardens. And it’s just minutes to majestic Niagara Falls!
Address: 15000 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
NEOB Busy Bee Gardens
The Niagara Essential Oils and Blends farm is the world’s first greenhouse operation dedicated to the innovation and preservation of aromatic plants. Enjoy a tour, starting in June, and be sure to visit the boutique filled with green products for the home, for you, and for baby.
Address: 758 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake, L0S 1J0
Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm
Year-round activities including birthday parties, Easter egg hunt, fall haunted hayrides, or tour the ranch and experience life on a Belgian horse farm.
Address: 7705 Schisler Road Niagara Falls, ON
Website: http://www.warnerranchandpumpkinfarm.com/ (also birthday parties)
Duffin Farms (PICK-YOUR-OWN)
Pick-Your-Own apples, cherries, pears, peaches, plums, rhubarb, and pumpkins,
PYO Open July 1 every day from 8 am to 8 pm
Address: 1541 Rice Rd Welland
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