As I mentioned in my last blog I want to talk about fruit and vegetable picking. When is it time to pick some of your favourite fruit and vegetables?
At this time, starting into July we have hydroponic cucumbers, tomatoes, green and wax beans, peas, and strawberries that are still available. Red currants, potatoes, and raspberries have started to pop up as we continue into these warm weeks of July. These are all of course delicious and available to purchase locally, right here in Clarington.
As we come into mid-July there are some more fruit and vegetables that will be ready to pick throughout the month, starting with carrots followed by field cucumbers, black currants, plums and gooseberries. Nearing the end of the month blueberries, zucchini and sweet corn will become available. As we enter into August you can expect to see apples, cabbage, beets, eggplant and green peppers.
If you’re looking for a fun family activity why not try Pick-Your-Own at a local farm. Get hands on and enjoy picking some of the fruits and vegetables that are in season. Watson Farms Ltd. has opened its doors for the season and as of July 7th, you can pick-your-own raspberries, peas, and beans. “R” Farm has also opened their doors for the delicious raspberries picking season. Soon you can expect to see Wilmot Orchards Inc. open in late July and you can pick a bucket full of their beautiful blueberries. Once the days become shorter and the air a little cooler, Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery, Pingle’s Farm Market and Watson Farms will open to allow the public to pick their own apples in early September.
Are you wondering where all these delicious and nutritious vegetables and fruit can be found? You don’t have to go far as some local well known growers in Clarington are Algoma Orchards, Allin’s Orchard & Country Market, Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery, Fred’s Fruit Market, Gallery on the Farm, Kent Farms, Link Greenhouses, Prices Country Market & Greenhouses, “R” Farm, Stapleton Farms, The Egg Shack, Watson Farms Ltd., and Wilmot Orchards Inc..
You can visit many of these growers throughout the week at their personal fruit/vegetables stands and stores as well as every Sunday at the Clarington Farmers Market located at the Newcastle Arena Parking Lot. For more information contact us at Clarington Tourism, visit Durham Farm Fresh or Watson Farms Crop Report.
Rachelle Harris, Clarington Tourism