Barrie Hill Farms
Yesterday myself and Danielle had the opportunity to go Strawberry & Blueberry picking at Barrie Hill Farms with our good friends Stacy & Nathaniel, it was an amazing experience that I would definitely do again in the future.
Originally we were supposed to go to Whittamore's Farm for our picking but they were unfortunately all out of strawberries to pick for the summer. The only thing left to pick were various forms of peas, which we were not interested in at all.
Barrie Hill Farms is located at 2935 Barrie Hill RD in Barrie, Ontario (just an hour and a half north of Toronto). The farm itself offers various picking fields for fruits and vegetables alike spread across 40 gorgeous acres but on this particular day we were there solely for Strawberries and Blueberries. But before all the fun berry picking we had to contend with almost 2 hours of cottage traffic and light rain, but after powering through all of that we finally arrived at the farm and were SO ready to experience berry picking for ourselves, The idea of berry picking actually came from Nathaniel who learned of this idea from a friend then Stacy relayed the information to me and Danielle and we were instantly sold, something about picking fresh fruits instead of buying them at a local grocery store interested us. Once there you first have to pick up either a 2 Litre or a 4 Litre bucket for your picking, or you could bring your own bucket if you had one handy (we grabbed both a 4 litre and a 2 litre) after we waited for the wagon to transport us from the waiting area to our first stop: The Blueberry Fields.
After a slow but fun wagon ride we have arrived at the blueberry field and instantly started picking, the fresh smell of grass and fruit was in the air as we picked some good looking blueberries, it didn't take us long to fill up our 2 litre basket with blueberries as you get so swept up in fun that you don't really notice that those tiny fruits add up and before you know it you have a full basket.
After hopping back onto the wagon after a successful blueberry pick we were off to the strawberry field to pick what we actually were most excited for. The crops at the strawberry fields weren't as tall as the ones at the blueberry side, they were low but had an abundance of strawberries to choose from and you had to get dirty to get the strawberries you wanted, it was great fun. After spending abuot an hour picking strawberries and filling up our 4 litre bucket we decided that it was time to head back to the front area to pay for our labour, and 6 litres of fruits only cost us about $15, it's really not that expensive if you consider that a small container of like 5 strawberies cost $4.99. After we were all paid up and loaded up the car with our fruits we got some food off of the BBQ that they offered at the farm then headed back to Toronto to end our day.
I would defintely reccomend this place to anyone looking to pick some fresh, organically grown fruits, I will definitely be coming back in the fall to pick some Apples & Hardy Kiwi! I was also glad that we went all the way to Barrie for this, it's always nice to get out of the city every now and then.
Side note: On the way back home in the car I was stung by a bee for the first time in 28 years on this earth :( who would have thought that a bee sting could hurt so much!
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