PRODUCERS: John Wilson and Denice Wilkins with the kind help of WWOOFers (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) from around the world!
FARM LOCATION: Southwest edge of Tweed, on HWY 37, just north of the Marlbank Road. Look for our sandwich board sign on the side of the road when we are open. NEW!! Thanks to a couple artistic WWOOFers from Ireland, you can now see our named painted on the back of our blueberry blue shed, at any time!
PICKING SEASON: Mid-July through sometime in August. If you'd like us to let you know when the picking begins each year, please send us your e-mail. Give us a call to find out specific opening days and times.
PICK-YOUR-OWN: Picking blueberries is fun and you won’t get an aching back or eye strain from picking at our patch! Most of the bushes are 3-6 feet high and the blueberries can be as big as grapes with lots of flavour! But don’t just take our word for it.
“I made muffins with your blueberries one day and the next day I made a pie with blueberries from the grocery store. I found such a difference in taste that I had to come and pick more of your berries!” said Evelyn, Selby
“You have the best blueberries I’ve ever had,” said Doreen, Springbrook.
“We had another nice summer in Tweed and one of the highlights is picking berries on your property,” said Gail and Mike, Whitehorse, Yukon.
"It’s a wonderful experience picking berries…so nice doing something you enjoy and blueberries are so good for you. I can’t wait to get out in your blueberry patch every summer!," said Karen, Thomasburg.
“I’ve done all my yucky chores. Now I get to do the fun one (pick blueberries)!," said a picker from Madoc.
PICKED BERRIES: Always available, but to make sure we have them ready and waiting for you, please call aheadwith your order.
CAN WE BRING CHILDREN TO THE PATCH? Absolutely!!!! We want children to learn that their food doesn’t come from the grocery store; it comes from the land. We want them to have the experience of gathering their own food and meeting the people (us!) who grew it. One of our greatest joys is teaching children how to pick blueberries and hearing them out in the patch exclaiming, “Look how big this one is!”
I remember one little boy proudly coming to show me how many berries he picked. “Wow, what are you going to do with all those berries,” I asked. From a few rows over, his mother responded, “Probably make pigs of ourselves!”
Thanks to all our customers, for buying local and organic, reducing your carbon footprint, and supporting local farmers. For us, hearing your kind compliments, seeing smiling faces, and hearing families and friends laughing and enjoying themselves out in the patch, makes it all worthwhile. The income, while important, is truly only secondary.
Thanks to the Gateway Restaurant and By the Way Café in Tweed and Starbucks in Belleville, for supplying used coffee grounds, one of our organic fertilizers.
In the bottom photo are Denice Wilkins and John Wilson, Ruth Hudgins from Bath, Jane Storey, Susan LaBarge, from Tweed, Evelyn Storey from Selby and Dapheen Hawley from Napanee