Our farm was originally a dairy farm! After acquiring the farm in 2000, we planted our first highbush blueberry plants. Today we grow a variety of fruit and vegetables on 75 acres.
Blueberries contain significant amounts of anthocyanins, antioxidants and photochemicals that offer protection from cancer and various diseases of old age.
Our Blueberry season starts in late July and doesn’t finish until late October. You can purchase our Blueberries at a supermarket near you. Or visit us at our U-Pick during the harvest season!
Early settlers in Canada ate a lot of pie! Wild berry pies, squash pies, fruit pies! Pies figured prominently in Acadian households, with fruit pies, such as apple and wild grape being popular in season.
Gooseberry-loved by the English, is a berry-producing thorny shrub arrived in Canada as seeds in immigrants baggage and journeyed all the way to BC with the wagon trains. The luscious green berry is fast becoming popular again!
Ground Cherry-(also called cape gooseberry) was a favourite with Canadian settlers. It is related to the tomatillo, both have a cherry-sized fruit surrounded by a papery covering-the cape. Known to us cerises de terre, these luscious berries with a taste reminiscent of plums and apples are prized for making pies, jams and jellies.
Squash is native to South America…
The squash plant actually migrated north as one of the ‘three sisters’-corn, beans and squash-the traditional planting combination of First Nations. Beans supply nutrients to the squash and corn, which provides a growing support for the beans, and big-leaved squash plants shade tender corn shoots and conserve water. When the Europeans arrived in North America, they found many varieties of squash readily available, including our favourites; pumpkin, butternut squash and acorn squash.
Strawberry Jam has been Canada’s favourite breakfast jam for centuries! In 1534, Jacques Cartier found strawberries of excellent size and taste growing everywhere in New France.
Raspberry is a relative of the blackberry and member of the Rose family. Raspberries are not single fruits, but many drupelets gathered in clusters. When picked, raspberries leave their cores and are hollow, while blackberries come off whole. Raspberries are one of the most popular berries for eating fresh or in all kinds of baked goods, jams and wines.
Fruit Butters can be made from plums, peaches, berries, apples, and other fruit, mixed with sugar and spices and simmered into a thick, delicious jam spread. Apple and plum butters were popular in Canada’s formative years because they made a fair replacement for butter.