Where in Southwestern Ontario, Canada to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: April 2014: Spring is just around the corner.  Strawberries are here in Florida, Texas and California, next in late March and April for much of the South, then in May for most of the country and June in cooler northern areas. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam!

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Southwestern Ontario, Canada U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

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Southwestern Ontario, Canada U-Pick Farms and Orchards

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Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!

Southwest Ontario

Chatham-Kent (Bothwell, Chatham-Kent, Dresden, Glencoe)

  • Great Lakes Lavender - No pesticides are used, lavender, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    9560 Pioneer Line, Chatham, ON N7M 5J1. Phone: 519-397-2172. Email: info@greatlakeslavender.com. Open: Visit our website for hours of operation. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Great Lakes Lavender Festival (including Pick-Your-Own): first weekend in July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: October 17, 2011)
  • Pardo's Berrie Farm - beans, blackberries, blueberries, peas, peaches, peppers, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), strawberries, farm market
    7951 Talbot Trail, Blenheim, ON N0P 1A0. Phone: 519-676-2008. Fax: 519-676-4419. Email: rpardo@ciaccess.com. Open: Monday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8am to 6pm. Directions: 4 KM West of Cedar Springs on Talbot Trail. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries: June 15 to July 15 Raspberries: July 10 to August 10 Blueberries: July 15 to September 10 Blackberries August 15 to September 20 Peaches August 05 to September 5. Payment: Cash, Cheque. (ADDED: March 30, 2010)(UPDATED: April 10, 2013)
  • Parks Blueberries - Raspberries, Fall Raspberries, Blueberries
    14815 Longwoods Road, Bothwell, ON, N0P-1C0. Phone: 866-901-5373. Phone: 519-692-3210. Email: diane@blueberi.com. Email: bill@blueberi.com. Directions: 401 - West to Ridgetown, Thamesville exit #109. North to Thamesville. East 7km on #2 to Parks. Near Chatham, London, Sarnia, & Windsor. Blueberries from July 28 to September 1 (approx), Hours 10 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.
  • Sno-Berries c/o Brad Snobelen Farms - raspberries, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    12272 McKays Line , East of McKays Corners , Kent Bridge, ON N0P1V. Phone: 519-674-0504. Fax: 519 674 0504. Email us at: snobelen@ciaccess.com. Directions: From 401 , take the Ridgetown exit north towards Thamesville .At Mckays Line , turn left, about 2 k , farm on left hand side . We are in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent , from McKays Corners , east on Mckays Line 3 K . We are open June, July. Our hours are: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm. Strawberries : June 15 -June 30 Raspberries : July 1 - July 25 Payment: Cash, only.

Essex (Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, Lasalle, Leamington, Windsor)

  • Clarkson's Roadstand - strawberries, porta-potties
    492 County Road 34 W, Essex, ON N8M 2X5. Phone: 519-839-5553. Email: cclarkson7@cogeco.ca. Open: Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday 8am to 7pm. Directions: Please click on Google maps to locate us. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Come out and enjoy the big sweet June berries the best in the county. (UPDATED: June 10, 2013)
  • Kennette Orchard - apples, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    913 Lakeshore Road 107, Lakeshore , ON N8M2X7. Phone: 519-727-3064. Fax: 519-727-3064. Email: linda_kennette@hotmail.com. Open: 7 days a week from 9 am to 6 pm. Directions: Located 1 road west of the Puce road 1 mile south of Country Road 42 Our road is now called Lakeshore Road 107, formerly called 6th Concession. Open September 1 until October 31. Payment: Cash, only. We also sell pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, gourds and pears. (ADDED: August 28, 2010)
  • Klassen Blueberries - blueberries,
    954 County Road 50 East, Harrow, ON N0R 1G0. Phone: 519-738-4089. Open: from 9am to 8 pm every day, from mid July to mid September, crop and weather permitting. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Located along Lake Erie between Colchester and Kingsville on County Road 50, one kilometre west of Arner Townline (County Road 23). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. (ADDED: March 22, 2011)
  • Meleg's Lakeview Orchard - apples, blackberries, cherries, peaches, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, Other fruit or veg, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    158 Arner Townline, Kingsville, ON N9Y 2E6. Phone: 519 733-4857. Email: tmeleg@xplornet.com. Open: Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 6. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Other fruits: plums, peaches, pears, nectarine, melons, honeydew, watermelons, pumpkins Vegetables: bean, potatoes, pickles, onions, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet corn Other products: paprika spice, apple cider vinegar, jams, local honey. (ADDED: June 15, 2011)
  • Scherer Orchards - apples, pears, pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, farm market, school tours
    1705 Road 4 East (Essex Road 18), R.R. 2 Kingsville, ON N9Y 2E5. Phone: 519-326-4617. Email: plscherer@wavedirect.net. Open: Pick Your Own Hours: Monday to Sunday 8:00 am to 5:00pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Our farm is located at 1705 Road 4 East(Essex Road 18) between County Road 34 and the Albuna Townline about 2 kilometers north of Ruthven between Leamington and Kingsville. From Windsor take Highway 3 County Road 18. We are located next to Sunbrite Canning Co. and 1 kilometer north of Colosanti's Tropical Gardens. Click here for a map and directions. Peaches, tomatoes, peppers, apricots plums start in July until October Pick Your Own Apples, Pumpkins and pears start September 15 till October 30 We grow a variety of fruit and vegetable crops: cantaloupe, watermelon, Roma tomatoes, pumpkins and squash; Fruit is tree ripened and vine ripened. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. We ,also, offer a selection of jam, pies and jellies made from fruits and vegetables grown on our farm. (ADDED: October 19, 2009)
  • Thiessen Orchards - apples, pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, face painting, Bounce house, school tours
    400 Talbot Road East, Leamington, ON N8H3V6. Phone: 519-326-5282. Fax: 519-326-2089. Email: andrew@thiessenorchards.com. Open: Sunday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, September 6 to October 29, including Thanksgiving Monday. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: From the East (e.g. Toronto/London): Take 401 West to highway 77. Turn left onto highway 77 and follow for approximately 12 miles (there will be a left turn just before Staples to stay on Highway 77). Turn left onto County Road 33 and continue straight until you reach a STOP sign. Turn left onto County Road 34 (Talbot Road East) towards Wheatley for 1 mile. We are on the right hand side of the road. Click here for a map and directions. The Haunted Barn will be opening Friday October 5; Hours for the Haunted Barn will be Friday from 6 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 3 pm to 10 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: August 21, 2012) (ADDED: September 24, 2009)
  • Wagner Orchards and Estate Winery - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, peaches, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, farm animals, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    1222 Lakeshore Road 103, Maidstone, ON N0R1K0. Phone: 519-723-4807. Email: cats6dr@aol.com. Open: Peaches August and September Daily 10 am to 6 pm Apples September and October Daily 10 am to 6pm. Directions: Take County Road #42 2 miles east of Manning Road, turn south on Lakeshore Road 103, continue down Lakeshore 103 4 kms over the 401; we are the first farm on your left - #1222. NOTE GPS address is 1222 Concession 8 W, Lakeshore Ontario. Click here for a map and directions. Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm September, October and December Open weekends 10 am to 5 pm only in November, January, February, March Open Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm April through August. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. We have an on farm estate winery with grape and fruit wine. In the fall we run tractor drawn hay rides through the orchard. We have an on farm bakery with fresh pies, strudels and other baked goods. We have all natural farm raised beef and Mennonite Summer Sausage. Our farm also features an event room for special events. (UPDATED: September 29, 2010)

Lambton (Algonac, Petrolia, Plympton-Wyoming, Sarnia, Warwick)

  • Birnam Orchard's - cherries, pumpkins (brought in from the field)
    6771 Nauvoo Rd, Arkona, Ontario N0M 1B0. Phone: 519-849-6315. Open: mid July til early November, Mon thru Saturday 8 - 7, Sundays, 10- 6. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. U-pick cherries, Fruit and Vegetable stand, cherries, apples, peaches, plums, nectarines, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, beans, zucchini, pumpkins, squash, corn, garlic. Note for 2012: Their website says: "Due to the unusually warm weather in March and below freezing nights in late April we have had quite an unfortunate start to this season. With our frost protection machines we were able to save some of our fruit crop but many of the fruit buds were destroyed for this year. We will not have any plums this year. We still have (already picked) peaches and apples and a very small amount of cherries (no pick your own cherries this year)."(Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: July 13, 2012)
    Comments from a visitor on July 13, 2012: "Friendly people, good prices, great for people who want to preserve their own fruits and vegetables or enjoy fresh Ontario produce."
  • Hornblower Homestead And Orchard - cherries, raspberries, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals
    7567 Ridge Road, R.r.#3 Thedford, ON N0M 2N0. Phone: 519-296-4403. Email: zeph32@yahoo.com. Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Open: Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 8 pm. Payment: Cash, Check.
  • The Red Barn Fruit Farm - black sweet cherries, red tart (sour) cherries, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, porta-potties, picnic area
    8651 Arkona Road, Arkona, ON N0M 1B0. Phone: 519-828-3695. Fax: 519-828-3280. Email: brownfamily2@execulink.com. Open: 8:00am to 8:00pm 7 days a week From July 1 pm to October 31. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: From north London: west on Highway 22/Fanshawe Park Road. Right onto Highway 81. Left onto Townsend Line/County road 12 From south London: west onto Highway 401. Merge onto 402. Take Exit Kerwood Road Second stop turn left onto Townsend Line. From Sarnia: East on 402. Exit Watford/Arkona. Left onto Highway 79. Right onto Highway 22. Left onto Arkona Road. Right onto Townsend Line. Click here for a map and directions. U-PICK sweet cherries available early July U-PICK Red Tart cherries available mid-July U-PICK Apricots and plums available end of July Ready picked peaches available August Ready picked apples, pumpkins and squash available September/October. Payment: Cash, Cheque. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: July 04, 2011)(UPDATED: July 17, 2013)
  • Zekveld's Garden Market - Strawberries, Raspberries,
    4622 London line, Wyoming, ON N0N 1T0. Phone: 519-845-3482. Fax: 519-845-1079. Email: jzekveld@xcelo.on.ca. Directions: one quarter mile east of Reeces Corners. Take #21 south Wyoming off 402. Near Sarnia. Also: Peppers, Apples. (UPDATED: April 24, 2009)

Middlesex (London area, Ailsa Craig, Dorchester, Glencoe, Melbourne, Strathroy, Thorndale)

  • Apple Land Station - Apples, strawberries, train rides, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, farm animals, school tours, Pumpkin Hollow, restrooms
    329 Richmond St., Thorndale, ON N0M 2P0. Phone: 519-268-7794. Fax: 519-268-3693. Email: appleland@rogers.com. Open: Harvest Season hours of operation: Monday to Saturday 9 to 6 Sunday and Holiday Mondays 10 to 5 Close at 3pm December 24th and reopen December 27 Thursday, new hours listed after this date on our webpage. Directions: And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in June, July, September, October, December. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. Apple Land Station, your farm for family, food and fun. Visit our unique gift store, scratch bakery and cafe. (ADDED: August 31, 2008)  (UPDATED: December 01, 2011, by a visitor)
    Comments from a visitor on December 01, 2011: "Kids love it, train ride goes around farm 3 times, kids love the 40ft high sand mound"
  • Arrowwood Farm/Harvest Table - Pick your own Highbush blueberries,
    6460 Riverside Dr, Melbourne, ON. Phone: 519-289-2403. Open: July and Aug: Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 6 pm. Also baked goods’ Lunches.
  • Bluegroves Blueberries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blueberries,
    25503 Talbot Line (highway 3) south of West Lorne, Eagle, ON N0L 2P0. Phone: 519-768-3276. Email: eagleblue@sympatico.ca. Open: Every day from 9 until 6. Directions: 4 minutes south of West Lorne 20-25 minutes west of Talbotville. Click here for a map and directions. July 10 to September 1 (approximately). We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Cheque. containers provided children welcome stools available. (ADDED: June 14, 2010)
  • Buys Family - Pick (dig) your own potatoes
    22533 Valley View Rd, Thorndale, ON. Phone: 519-461-1295. Open: August to May, daily from 9 am to 8 pm, by appointment in winter. Wide variety of potatoes.
  • Foley Farms & Carolinian Winery - ORGANIC, blueberries, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    4823 Dundas St. R.R.2, Thorndale, ON N0M 2P0. Phone: 1-519-268-2000. Fax: 1-519-268-3000. Email: foleyfarms@bellnet.ca. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available all year. Open: Monday to Sunday. Hours vary by season. Call to inquire. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, only.
  • Dwarf Tree Orchards - Pick your own & ready pick apples, pears, pumpkins, apple cider
    1697 Byron Baseline Rd, London, ON. Phone: 519-657-9448. Open: September and October, 7 days a week including Thanksgiving Day from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. (UPDATED: October 09, 2013)
  • Ferguson Produce - Strawberries, Raspberries, pumpkins
    11026 Wellington Road RR#6, St. Thomas, ON, N5P-3T1. Phone: 519-631-6589. Fax: 519-631-2492 Farm Phone: 519-631-6589. Email: fergusonberries@on.aibn.com.  Directions:  Near London. Also: Sweet Corn, Pumpkin festivals (Weekends in October).
  • Gabriel Fresh Produce - beans, beets, cucumbers, eggplant, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkins, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked
    10293 Glendon Drive, Komoka, ON N0L1R0. Phone: 519-494-5190. Email: joc.gabriel@gmail.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Other available produce: garlic, cabbage, okra, zucchini, gourds, snake (Armenian) cucumbers, and dill. (ADDED: February 16, 2013)
  • Great Lakes Farms - apples, pumpkins, strawberries, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    5111 Union Rd, Port Stanley, ON N5L 1J2. Phone: 519-782-3433. Email: contact@greatlakesfarms.ca. Open: Strawberries Dawn to Dusk Apples Weekends in September, from 10 am to 5 pm; and Daily in October, from 10 am to 5 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Take 401 to Union road exit and take Union road towards Port Stanley, we are on the right side of the road, OR Take highway 4 south towards Port Stanley and follow the signs. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries: June-July Apples and pumpkins September-October. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: September 09, 2010)
  • Heeman Strawberry Farm - Uses integrated pest management practices, strawberries, U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, school tours
    20422 Nissouri Road, Thames Centre, ON N0M2P0. Phone: 519-461-1416. Open: Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, mid June to early July. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: From London, drive east on Dundas St, past Crumlin Side Rd, turn left on Nissouri Road Drive 2 km and find Heeman's on right hand side. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries: Late May to Late October, Raspberries from July to October, Cherries from late June to mid July, Blueberries from late July to mid August;. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Greenhouse, garden centre, sundae booth also available. Strawberries: Middle of May to October, Cherries: July, Raspberries: July to October, Blueberries, Middle of July to Middle of August, Sweet Corn: Middle of July to September. (UPDATED: January 04, 2011) (ADDED: July 25, 2009)
  • Kustermans Berry Farm - blueberries, raspberries (Spring, red), gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, farm animals, school tours
    23188 Springwell Road, Mt. Brydges, ON N0L 1W0. Phone: (519) 264-9199. Fax: (519) 264-9973. Email: kustermansfarm@berryblue.org. Open: :mid - July to late August ~ Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am to 8:00pm; Saturday, Sunday 8:30am to 6:00pm; Closed Wednesdays. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Cheque, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Kustermans’ Blueberry Farm is strictly a U-Pick operation. Our goal is to provide you and your family with the opportunity to pick quality blueberries while enjoying a wonderful day at the farm. (UPDATED: August 12, 2011)
    Comments from a visitor on July 28, 2008:
    "We went on July 26th, 2008 (it was our first time going there) and it was a totally awesome experience!! Signs were easily displayed on the roads to get there when we were close enough to the place. The kids loved the playground and watching the baby goat and llama. Everyone was very helpful and courteous and the other people in attendance were very friendly. There is shelter for those hot days for people who do not want to pick. The outdoor bathrooms were very clean as well. I would highly recommend this place to anyone reading this. Great job guys!!"
  • Millar Berry Farms - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, currants (red and black), raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), rhubarb, strawberries,
    7375 Longwoods Road, London, ON N6P 1L2. Phone: (519) 652-2065. Fax: (519) 652-3574. Email: millarberryfarms@gmail.com. Open: Please call us for hours. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, only. Pick your own & roadside stand. (UPDATED: March 09, 2010)
  • O'Shea's Farm Fresh - Strawberries, Fall Raspberries, pumpkins
    34089 Stonehouse Line,  Granton, ON, N0M 1V0. Phone: 519-225-2600. Email: osheafarms@quadro.net.  Directions: 15 minutes north of London between Granton & Lucan, on Stonehouse line, 3 km North of #7 highway. Near London. Also: Sweet corn, pickling cukes, tomatoes, peppers, squash, beets, beans.  Fall Festivals - 6 weekends before Halloween. Harvest schedule: June: Strawberries and Peas. July to September: Sweet Corn, Green and Yellow beans, Raspberries, Beets, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Onions, Potatoes, Dill and lots more. September to November: Squash, Pumpkins, Gourds, Indian Corn, Cornstalks, and Fallbearing Raspberries.
  • Olde Drive Blueberry Farm - blueberries,
    8348 Olde Drive, Mt. Brydges Ontario, Mt. Brydges, ON N0L 1W0. Phone: 519-933-4648. Email: adarocha@oldedriveblueberryfarm.com. Open: Friday to Sunday, from 8am to 5pm; From Mid July to Late August. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: July 13, 2013)
  • The Strawberry Place - strawberries, and prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms
    338 Elginfield Road, Thedford, ON N0M 2N0. Phone: (519) 294-0070. Fax: (519) 294-0827. Email us at: pickyourown@thestrawberryplace.com. Directions: From Parkhill, take Highway 7 (Elginfield Road) west beyond Sylvan, and the farm is on the right hand side. (Less than 10 minutes from Parkhill). We are open June, July. Our hours are: Every day 8am to 8pm. Strawberries typically available during June and July, but depends on the quality of the season. Payment: Cash, Check.
  • Dave & Georgette Skipper Farm - Raspberries & cabbage,
    3974 Newbiggen Dr, Glencoe, ON. Phone: 519-287-3013. Open: July and September to October on Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. Pick your own, ready picked and frozen; Year-round frozen.
  • Thomas Bros. Market and U-Pick Farm - strawberries
    5856 Colonel Talbot Rd, London, ON. Phone: 519-652-5551. Open: May to October from 8 am to 8 pm. Also, prepicked Sweet corn, tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, pickling cukes, beans. Pick your own and farm market.
  • Tountas Orchard - Apples, pears, asparagus, raspberries, plums, rhubarb
    8650 Falconbridge Dr, Mt. Brydges, ON. Phone: 519-264-2962. Open: May to October on Monday to Friday from  8 am to dusk.
  • Viaene's Strawberry Farm - strawberries, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    7753 Walkers Drive, Strathroy, ON N7G 3h4. Phone: 519-719-9810. Fax: 519-245-1772. Email: gbviaene@bell.net. Open: Monday to Friday from 8am to 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 8am to 6pm, June 2011. Directions: 7753 Walkers Dr.(9th concession Strathroy) 1 road South of Strathroy, 1 km west of highway 81. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Cheque. (ADDED: May 30, 2011)

Elgin (Aylmer, Dutton, Port Stanley, St. Thomas)

  • Talbotville Berry Farm - beans, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours
    11054 Sunset Road, St. Thomas, ON N5P 3R2. Phone: 519-633-1488. Email: talbotvilleberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: U Pick Strawberries Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 12:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am to 12:00pm. Directions: Located 1km North of Talbotville on Highway #4. This road is also commonly known as Sunst Road or Colonel Talbot Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: April 04, 2012)

Perth District (East Perth, West Perth, St. Mary's, Stratford area)

  • Foster's - corn (sweet), winter squash, melons, pumpkins
    #2549 RD 164, St. Marys, ON. Phone: 519-229-8237. Fax: same as above. Email: j.foster@quadro.net. Directions: We are located on highway 23 between Kirkton and Russeldale. 10 minutes south of Mitchell. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Open: 7 days a week. Sweet corn season extends from mid-July til Oct. Melons start mid August. Pumpkins and squash season goes from mid September til end of Oct. Payment: Cash, only. Large amounts of sweet corn are available for corn roasts, parties or any amount you want for your freezer. Please call ahead of orders.
  • Megens Family Farm - asparagus, pumpkins, raspberries, winter squash, strawberries, other vegetables, prepicked produce, picnic area, farm animals
    2877 Road 119 (hwy 7) seven minutes south of Stratford, St Marys, ON L8P 1Y8. Phone: 519-284-3199. Fax: 519 284 1250. Email: megens.sereda@quadro.net. Open: Seven days a week 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Pick your own strawberries - June and July. Payment: Cash, Check. Join us for our annual Strawberry Festival - featuring a farmers' market on the farm, live music, locally produced meats on the barbecue, baked goods, farm animals and more. (ADDED: June 14, 2008)
  • Walch Family Strawberries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, strawberries,
    3557 Road 119, Stratford, ON N5A 6S3. Phone: 519 272 1423. Fax: 519 272 1354. Email: stratfordstrawberries@gmail.com. Open: We are only open during the Strawberry Season, since that is what we specialize in; Open daily from 8am to 7 pm Saturdays from 8am to 5pm Sundays from 10am to 5pm (please call in advance, opening hours on Sundays depend on availability). Directions: Going South (towards London) on Erie Street we are the first farm located outside the Stratford City Limit on the left hand side, just kiddy corner to Ed's Concrete Products. The intersection of Line 29 and Perth Road 119. Please watch for signs. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries: about mid or end of June until about mid July (depending on the year and weather) Please call in advance to find out when season starts. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. We specialize in Strawberries!. (UPDATED: January 24, 2012)

Oxford (Blanford-Blemheim, Ingersoll, Tilsonburg, Woodstock, Zorra)

  • Birtch Farms - Woodstock - Apples, pumpkin patch, pumpkins, squash and gourds, wagon rides and scarecrow-making activities.
    R.R. #7, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S 7W2. Phone: 519-469-3040. Email: info@birtchfarms.com. School tours, apple trail ride, and seasonal scheduled events also take place.  We also now have a fruit winery on site for adults over 18. Tours and tastings available
  • Egmond Flower Growers - No pesticides are used, flowers, U-pick and already picked
    404839 Beaconsfield Rd, Burgessville, ON N0J 1C0. Phone: 519-488-1700. Email: egmondfg@rogers.com. Open: Our field tulips and daffodils are dependent on weather conditions but usually occur From April 10th (daffodils bloom first around this time) to May 14th (tulips will be in full bloom by this time); Please call or e - mail before you plan on visiting and we will be happy to let you know what stage the flowers are at; Our hours of operation are from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. Directions: From highway 401 take exit 232 (County Road 59) turn south (From eastbound 401 that will be a right and from westbound 401 that will be a left). Drive approximately 9.5kelometers then turn right on Beaconsfield Road and find the fire number 404839 at the front of the driveway (it will be the second farm on the right or just look for the field of flowers). Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, only. Please feel free to visit us in the fall and pick up some of the very same flower bulbs for your garden at home. (ADDED: February 18, 2011)
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  • Prince Greenhouses - Uses natural growing practices, beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, herbs/spices, onions, peas, peppers, raspberries (red), tomatoes,
    687003 highway 2, Princeton, ON N0J 1V0. Phone: 226-802-4519. Email: princegh@silomail.com. Open: See our Facebook page for up to date info on "what's fresh" and hours of operation. Directions: Located right in the town of Princeton, Ontario, highway #2. Visit Google Maps "Prince Greenhouses" for detailed directions. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: March 15, 2013)
  • Red Barn Berries - peas, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    744716 County Rd 17, Woodstock, ON N4S 7V7. Phone: 519-537-3756. Email: redbarn@auracom.com. Directions: Take Hwy #59 North of Woodstock, Turn west on County Rd #17 2 concessions to the Big Red Barn with the berry on the side Crops are usually available in June, July. Open: 8 am to 8 pm Weekdays 8 am to 6 pm Weekends Payment: Cash, only.

Eastern Ontario (south of Ottawa)


Pick-your-own farms in Ontario, Canada 

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Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Lambton (Algonac, Petrolia, Plympton-Wyoming, Sarnia, Warwick)

  • Williamson Farms - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, Indoor market, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, asparagus, beans, beets, corn (sweet), cucumbers, onions, peas, peppers, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, Fresh eggs, farm animals, school tours
    7739 Lakeshore Road, Forest, ON N0N 1J0. Phone: 519-243-2961. Fax: 519-243-2964. Email: willfarms@execulink.com. Open: Summer Hours daily from 10am to 5pm with late times for corn maze appointments Winter hours from mid September to April open Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am to 5pm , please call to confirm other days. Directions: Williamson Farms is located on Highway #21, from Sarnia, take highway 402 to the Hwy#21 turn off - head north towards Forest, and follow highway #21 North towards Grand Bend, we are 10 minutes north on the right side. Farm store is hidden behind farm house, with parking in directly in front of the store. Click here for a map and directions. Corn Maze is open from late July (weather permitting) until October; Maple Syrup Festival is held each year on the 3rd and 4th weekends in March, please contact for more information. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. Williamson Farms also attend local Farmer's Markets in Forest on Friday mornings, Grand Bend on Wednesday's and Petrolia on Saturdays. We participate in the Ipperwash Maple Syrup Festival held the 3rd and 4th weekends in March. We sell our own farm grown, hormone and chemical free, cuts of frozen beef, pork, whole chickens, and local Franz Turkey Products. We also offer our own Maple Syrup, maple products, fudge, maple brittle, candy floss (in season), and local honey. Our fresh vegetables are grown chemical free. (ADDED: July 28, 2009)

Essex (Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, Lasalle, Leamington, Windsor)

  • Klassen Blueberries - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, all produce is sustainably grown, all produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), blueberries, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    954 County Road 50 East, Harrow, ON N0R 1G0. Phone: 519-738-4089. Open: from 9am to 8 pm every day, from mid July to mid September, crop and weather permitting. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: Located along Lake Erie between Colchester and Kingsville on County Road 50, one kilometre west of Arner Townline (County Road 23). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Superb fresh, sweet, ripe blueberries. Excellent blueberry frozen yogurt, sundaes, milkshakes, pies. (ADDED: March 22, 2011)

Middlesex (London area, Ailsa Craig, Dorchester, Glencoe, Melbourne, Strathroy, Thorndale)

  • Covent Garden Outdoor Farmers' Market - Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Indoor market, Uncovered outdoor market, Fresh local eggs, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, restrooms
    130 King Street, London, ON N6A 1C5. Phone: 519-439-3921. Email: farmersmarket@coventmarket.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: We are located at the corner of King and Talbot street, in beautiful downtown London, Ontario. Payment: Cash, only. We are a producer based market, with many "My Pick" certified farmers, organic produce, unique baking, local honey, maple syrup, seedlings in the spring to squash and pumpkins in the fall, our farmers have a large variety of items available. We also have local bison and pork. (ADDED: February 11, 2010)
  • Great Lakes Farms - Indoor market, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, apples, pumpkins, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    5111 Union Rd, Port Stanley, ON N5L 1J2. Phone: 519-782-3433. Email: contact@greatlakesfarms.ca. Open: Strawberries Dawn to Dusk Apples Weekends in September, from 10 am to 5 pm; and Daily in October, from 10 am to 5 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: Take 401 to Union road exit and take Union road towards Port Stanley, we are on the right side of the road, OR Take highway 4 south towards Port Stanley and follow the signs. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries: June-July Apples and pumpkins September-October. Payment: Cash, Debit cards. Click here for our Facebook page. We have great fresh cider and famous "mile High" apple pies. (UPDATED: September 09, 2010)
  • Her Farm - Farm stand / farm market on a farm,
    6869 Inadale Drive, Strathroy, ON N7G 3H4. Phone: 519-289-9000. Email: poodlebreak@gmail.com. Open: By chance or by phone; call before you come. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Potatoes-- Chieftain Red and Kennebec Sweet Potatoes Garlic. (ADDED: October 02, 2011)
  • Kustermans Berry Farm - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Indoor market, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, farm animals, school tours
    23188 Springwell Road, Mt. Brydges, ON N0L 1W0. Phone: (519) 264-9199. Fax: (519) 264-9973. Email: kustermansfarm@berryblue.org. Open: Summer Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am to 8:00pm; Saturday, Sunday 8:30am to 6:00pm; Fall Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:30am to 7:00pm (also open Monday October 10th (Canadian Thanksgiving). Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Cheque, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: August 12, 2011)
  • Leaping Deer Adventure Farm and Market - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Indoor market, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc, corn (sweet), onions, pumpkins, winter squash, strawberries, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties
    544212 Clarke Road, Ingersoll, ON N5C 3J8. Phone: 519-485-4795. Email: djbudd@leapingdeer.com. Open: Check website for dates and hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: Highway 401 to Exit 222 / Oxford Road 6 / Embro/Stratford. Go north one half kilometer, turn left at first corner onto Clarke Road, turn left at first farm on the left. Very easy to get to. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. All ages. (ADDED: January 08, 2013)
  • Roy Phillips Farm - Garden stand on a residence, Roadside stand, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, beets, corn (sweet), pumpkins, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables,
    1092 Sarnia Road, London, ON N6H 5K1. Phone: 519-471-3707. Email: royphillipsfarm@gmail.com. Open: We are open 7 days a week; 9am to 6pm; Please call for more specific information; We are at the same address as Philmore Enterprises. Directions: Located on Sarnia Road. Just East of Hyde Park Road. Click here for a map and directions. Sweet corn from July to September; Pumpkins, squash, straw bales, Indian corn from early September to October 31. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: October 26, 2010) (UPDATED: October 07, 2012)
  • Western Fair Farmer's Market - Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Indoor market,
    900 King Street, at Ontario and Dundas St., London, ON. Open: Western Fair Farmers Market will be Open During the Western Fair; Market operating hours during the Western Fair are every Saturday from 8am to 9pm; Monday to Wednesday from 3pm to 9pm, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 11am-9pm. This year, over 200,000 visitors are expected to pass through the gates to experience the sights and sounds of this annual community event.
  • Masonville Place Farmer's Market - Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Indoor market,
    Masonville Place at the corner of Richmond Street and Fanshawe Park Blvd, London, ON .Open: Fridays 8 am to 2 pm. Directions: beside the Hakim Optical.

Oxford (Blanford-Blemheim, Ingersoll, Tilsonburg, Woodstock, Zorra)

  • Prince Greenhouses - Uses natural growing practices, Roadside stand, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables,
    687003 highway 2, Princeton, ON N0J 1V0. Phone: 226-802-4519. Email: princegh@silomail.com. Open: See our Facebook page for up to date info on "what's fresh" and hours of operation. Directions: Located right in the town of Princeton, Ontario, highway #2. Visit Google Maps "Prince Greenhouses" for detailed directions. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: March 15, 2013)

Perth District (East Perth, West Perth, St. Mary's, Stratford area)

  • Walch Family Strawberries - strawberries,
    3557 Road 119, Stratford, ON N5A 6S3. Phone: 519 272 1423. Email: abwalch@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 7 pm; Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm; Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (depending on availability); call our daily updated phone message on the number above to find out about current picking conditions and availability. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Coming from Stratford, take Erie Street towards London out of town (past Embro Road) As you get out of Stratford, farm is located on the left side on the edge of town just kiddy corner to Eds Concrete Products. The emergency fire # is 3557 Road 119, Stratford. Click here for a map and directions. We expect the 2013 Pick your own Strawberry season to start between June 17 or June 19 (depending on the weather); Already picked berries May be available a couple of days earlier. Payment: Cash, only. You may bring back your empty Strawberry Packaging, for us to reuse. Please bring your own containers or bowls to pick your own Berries. (ADDED: June 11, 2013)

Elgin (Aylmer, Dutton, Port Stanley, St. Thomas)

  • Talbotville Berry Farm - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Indoor market, Covered outdoor market, Uncovered outdoor market, Fresh local eggs, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc, apples, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cherries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, flowers, melons, onions, other berries, pears, peas, peaches, peppers, plums, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, black), summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours
    11054 Sunset Road, St.thomas, ON N5P 3R2. Phone: 519-633-1488. Email: talbotvilleberryfarm@gmail.com. Open: Farm Market May to November 7 Days a week 9:00am to 6:00pm. Directions: Located 1km North of Talbotville on Highway #4. This road is also commonly known as Sunst Road or Colonel Talbot Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: April 04, 2012)

Local Honey Sources:

Chatham-Kent (Bothwell, Chatham-Kent, Dresden, Glencoe)

  • Great Lakes Lavender - No pesticides are used, Honey (retail), Lavender honey, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    9560 Pioneer Line, Chatham, ON N7M 5J1. Phone: 519-397-2172. Email: info@greatlakeslavender.com. Open: Visit our website for hours of operation. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Great Lakes Lavender Festival (including Pick-Your-Own): first weekend in July. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. Pure Ontario Lavender Honey. (ADDED: October 17, 2011)
  • Six Pines Farm - Honey (retail), Clover honey, Crystallized honey, Raw honeys, Strained honey, Beeswax candles, Turkeys, Honey from hives on the farm
    2126 Mccready Rd, Bothwell, ON N0P 1C0. Phone: 519-695-6864. Email: sixpinesfarm@gmail.com. Open: See our website for current hours; Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From highway 402, take Exit to highway 79 South. Follow highway 79 to Aughrim Line. We are on the second sideroad, to your left, on the dead-end road. Payment: Cash, only. We have limited amounts of sunflowers, pie and mini pumpkins, lettuces, and Asian greens for sale. (UPDATED: July 25, 2013) (ADDED: July 01, 2013)

Lambton (Algonac, Petrolia, Plympton-Wyoming, Sarnia, Warwick)

  • Six Pines Farm - Honey (retail), Raw honeys, Other honey products, Turkeys, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs
    3772 Confederation Line, Plympton-wyoming, ON N0N1T0. Phone: 519-845-1552. Email: sixpinesfarm@gmail.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: We are located right on Confederation Line between Camlachie Road and Plowing Match Road, on the North Side. From the 402 exit at highway 21 South to Petrolia/Wyoming. Follow Highway 21 South, then head West on Confederation Line till you see our farm on your right. Sign by end of driveway. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. We also sell natural lotion bars made with our very own beeswax. (UPDATED: September 05, 2013)

Meats, Milk and Eggs:

Chatham-Kent (Bothwell, Chatham-Kent, Dresden, Glencoe)

  • Six Pines Farm - Turkey, Pork, No hormones used, No antibiotics used, 100% grass and/or grain fed, sausage, Bacon (pork), Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, No pets please, Turkeys, Honey from hives on the farm
    2126 Mccready Rd, Bothwell, ON N0P 1C0. Phone: 519-695-6864. Email: sixpinesfarm@gmail.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From highway 402, take Exit to highway 79 South. Follow highway 79 to Aughrim Line. We are on the second sideroad, to your left, on the dead-end road. Payment: Cash, only. We have limited amounts of sunflowers, pie and mini pumpkins, lettuces, and Asian greens for sale. We also have hand made soaps and body scrubs available. (UPDATED: July 25, 2013) (ADDED: July 01, 2013)

Lambton (Algonac, Petrolia, Plympton-Wyoming, Sarnia, Warwick)

  • Six Pines Farm - Turkey, Pork, No hormones used, No antibiotics used, 100% grass and/or grain fed, Brown eggs, sausage, Bacon (pork), Farm market with fruits and vegetables, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, No pets please, Turkeys, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs
    3772 Confederation Line, Plympton-wyoming, ON N0N1T0. Phone: 519-845-1552. Email: sixpinesfarm@gmail.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: We are located right on Confederation Line between Camlachie Road and Plowing Match Road, on the North Side. From the 402 exit at highway 21 South to Petrolia/Wyoming. Follow Highway 21 South, then head West on Confederation Line till you see our farm on your right. Sign by end of driveway. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: September 05, 2013)

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