We have it on good authority that local strawberries are going to be a little late this year, but we’re okay with that. It gives us more time to plan one of our favourite outings—to the ‘U-pick’ strawberry farm. Picking strawberries off the bush for an hour in the afternoon makes a sweet little family outing and is a great way to show our kids where food comes from (and it’s not a plastic container).
An informal poll of Ottawa Savvies revealed some fave destinations include Cedar Hill Berry Farm (followed by ice-cream at Scoops in Pakenham), Rideau Pines Farm, and Dekok Family Berry Farm. We like the Dekok email subscription service—we’ll never miss another berry season again!
But one of our all time faves for strawberries is Richmond Nursery Strawberry Farm. It’s a quick drive from Kanata, and it’s a no-fuss no muss solution. Just don’t expect any pony rides or ferris wheels here. It’s strictly about the berries.
You can park near the entrance and walk (we do this because it makes the experience feel a little more legit) or drive your car and park closer to the pickings. If you’re really pressed for time you can always buy baskets of fruit at the front and pay for someone else’s labour, but where’s the fun in that?
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