It is strawberry time again. Slow begin due to cold weather, but coming. Expect strawberries roadside Hwy 62 (just N. of Foxboro Foodland) from June 11 on. Usually from 10 o'clock as long as quantity lasts. Phone orders accepted. 967-8452. U-pick to open on Wednesday June 13.
Rosemary and Bob Gates run an orchard on the Stockdale Road, north of Trenton, in Quinte West, just look for the happy apple sign. They have a variety of apples including Quinte, Vista Bella, Macs, Royal Gala, Spy, Cortland, Russets, Red Delicious, Empire, Spartan, Granny Smith and Crispin. The Gates start picking in late July and continue until October. You can purchase apples at the Trenton Farmers' Market or at the farm gate. They bought the place in 1974 as greenhorns and have certainly come a long way. They have been vendors at the Trenton Farmers' Market since 1975. They also sell maple syrup made by their son Joey and honey made by their son Bobbie.
If you haven't been to Grills Orchard recently, you should go, as there are lots to see and new, local products to buy. They bake bread each day using local, organic flours and also make a delicious variety of pies and pastries. The other recent addition is home made fudge, which they pack in lovely gift boxes.
You can buy all your local meat at Grills Orchards, beef from Durkin Family Farms, pork for Haanover farms and Springbrook Farm, chicken from Harder Heritage Farm and lamb from Pine Ridge Farm. They have local honey and maple syrup and locally made jams. You can find beeswax candles and pottery as well as a range of knitting yarns and Ialpaca products from Amazing Graze Alpaca. They have local cheeses from Black River and Maple Dale, and sparking cider from the County Cider.
Apples are at the heart of Grills Orchards. Sadly, severe frosts this spring decimated the apple crop. Diana McPherson says sell will have apples up until around Christmas. Apples are in short supply this year and prices will go up.