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When the summer season is full on, nothing compares to buying fresh fruit at the local market, choosing what's ripe at the moment. Here you'll find sumptuous produce that's far from the watery strawberries we buy in the middle of winter that barely taste like fresh fruit. But what about getting the real-deal freshness? There is something even better than farmer's markets — picking your own fruit from the tree yourself! You choose which apples you like, and it can't get any better than this.
When you stop and think about it, you can't get fruit that is any fresher.
Pick Your Own Fruit at Andrew Scenic Acres!
You'll find a wide range of crops here — from fruit and vegetables to beautiful flowers for your own bouquets. It's the very first farm to offer annual and perennial flowers for customer cutting. A family business has operated the farm since 1980. Andrew Scenic Acres now proudly grows 165 acres of luscious fruits and vegetables. Their slogan was "Growing Berries is our Business" when Lauraine and Bert Andrews purchased the land with the intention of creating a berry farm. And the berry farm has grown into so much more! Check their website for the latest updates on what's waiting for you to pick at the farm. The season starts as early as May with rhubarb and asparagus. Super-sweet strawberries follow in June, with all the other berries of your choice, and when the summer season is almost over, come and celebrate Halloween with corn and pumpkins. The calendar of nature reigns over the farm. You can also find the farm's crops at many nearby farmer's markets, including Milton, Georgetown, Brampton, Nathan Phillips Square, and Sherway Gardens.
As the farmland is pretty big, there are free wagon rides that take pickers to and from the fields. The farm is proud to organize special tours for groups, students, and summer camps that explain the complexities of modern local agriculture to guests. There are blossom and bee tours in May and pumpkin picking on October 31st each year. A very important part of the business is the agri-education program. And Andrew family can be proud, because they're expanding their activities each year:
Over the period from May to November we book over 15,000 students. We support the philosophy that if the children enjoy themselves they will bring their parents back to the farm.
There's quite a lot to do on the farm besides picking fruit. You'll find picnic tables, a creative playground, and an animal corral that includes goats, sheep, turkeys, chickens, and rabbits. The attractions for kids include Haunted Forest and Straw Mountain and for adults, there is the Scotch Block Winery where you can taste a sample of the Andrews' award winning wines. In 2002, the fledgling winery was awarded the title Entrepreneur of the Year. Make sure you taste their homemade signature raspberry and black currant cider. Did you fall in love with one of their home-baked pies? Try some of Andrew Farm's recipes yourself.
As Mother Nature can play tricks on the seasonal ripening calendar, it may be a good idea to call the farm at (905) 878 5807 for an up-to-date report on the farm's picking conditions and crop availability.
Address: 9365 10th Sideroad, Halton Hills
Contact: (905) 878-4997
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Meet the Photographer
Viera studies marketing communication. She has been devoted to documentary photography and fine art photography for 2 years. Amongst other styles, Viera is fond of street photography, portrait photography and art nude photography. Viera uses street photography to draw people's attention to things often overlooked in everyday life.