Durham Farm Fresh, Ontario–What’s It About?

Durham Farm Fresh, Ontario–What’s It About?

Living in Bowmanville Ontario, my wife and I regularly visit and shop in the townships that comprise Durham region.  Click on the adjacent Durham link to learn a little more about the history of the area that dates back to 1792.  It’s a large region, and thus there are numerous farms providing a bounty of farm fresh products, so I thought what better place to review than the place where I’ve planted my roots!

First let me explain a little about Durham Farm Fresh, which is an association of farmers, growers, retailers, and chefs who take great pride in bringing consumers quality local products.  Many of the farms sell to local retailers as well as directly to the public, and I’m going to tell you about some that we regularly frequent.

Now buying local has been fashionable for as long as I can remember but it’s still the big buzz words for a lot of restaurants and TV shows, and I imagine will remain popular for a long time to come.  After all, why buy tomatoes from thousands of miles away if you can get them around the corner from where you live?

We grow our own tomatoes but when we can’t, we can take a short drive from our Bowmanville home and visit Links Greenhouses, (Hydroponic Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Asparagus, Potatoes, Beans), or visit our local Metro Grocery Store who happens to sell Link’s Tomatoes.  When we need fresh eggs, we take another short drive to The Egg Shack, in Orono where we can buy true extra large (or our favourite Jumbo Size) eggs directly from the farm at reasonable prices.  They can’t be beat for freshness and size!  On our way back from the Egg Shack, we often weave our way through Newcastle and stop at Algoma Market to pick up apples.  In addition to locally gown apples Algoma sells fresh produce, gourmet foods, local meats, giftware, preserves, deli meats, cheeses and baked goods baked fresh daily on the premises (their cheese bread is simply awesome!).

There are no less than 65 members of Durham Farm Fresh so you can find something for everyone when you decide to pick up fresh ingredients for supper or find a nice gift for somebody special.  Another one of our regular stops is Pingle’s Farm Market in Hampton where you can find local produce, baked goods made on site, a variety of gifts, seasonal flowers, and they often have activities for the kids too.  Of course, when October comes around, you’ll find plenty of pumpkins grown on their farm, and you can pick your own apples on an outing with the little ones.  We also frequent Price’s Country Market & Greenhouse as well as Watson Farms Ltd., and Tyrone Mills Limited all located in Bowmanville, 10 minutes or less by car.  If you’re into fruit wine or apple cider, there’s also Archibald’s Estate Winery on route to Tyrone Mills.

Needless to say, there’s no shortage of places to shop and find some great products, (BTW the rye bread baked at Tyrone Mills is excellent!).  So if you already live in the Durham Region you should know about all of these places, (and I’ve not mentioned them all here as there way too many), or if you’re just passing by, or looking for an outing, you might plan to visit.  Pick up a Durham Farm Fresh brochure at one of the local merchants.

Oh, and I can’t overlook Bistro 67 located in the town of Whitby–wonderful meals prepared by skilled staff and budding chefs–the restaurant on the second floor overlooks their large garden of freshly grown seasonal produce and herbs.  Located at the Centre for Food, 2nd floor, Durham College, Whitby campus, 1604 Champlain Blvd. Whitby, ON.

Note:  I endorse the Durham Farm Fresh program because I live and shop locally and find exceptional products and services–not because I’m paid by any of them, because I’m not!

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Bill Wilkat

Retired Luthier, and now a blogger writing about food including recipes, restaurant and product reviews, and guitar related information which includes "how-to" info. and more.