As the spring rains green up Bolton lawns and rural Caledon estates and countryside one thing is for certain. The area’s abundant blessings are about to increase.
Fortunate, even during winter’s icy grip, to have access to fresh produce (Bolton’s Garden Foods is by far one of the best grocery stores I have encountered in my travels) Caledon’s food options are ready to expand into an even more beautiful thing.
Bring on summer and queue the local Farmers Markets, pick-your-own Farms, Farm Markets, and CSAs. Want some ideas for giving your Caledon family’s table a seasonal blast of even more flavour and nutrition? Read on….
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) memberships offer an opportunity to purchase a “share” of a farms produce. Two CSA farms in Caledon are:
Mount Wolfe Forest Farm blossomed onto the Caledon CSA scene in 2016. The Crandall sisters, Debbe, Sheilagh, Sarah and Marce along with their brother Taylor, started a working CSA farm in the midst of a picture book pretty forested property about 10 minutes northeast of Bolton on Old Church Road between Mount Wolfe Road and Mount Pleasant Road. This CSA offers more than just produce and has an extended membership season as well. Learn more about MWFF in this 2016 Just Sayin’ Caledon interview and on their website.
Albion Hills Community Farm is an 18 acre farm launched in 2011 in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. It is located about 10 minutes northwest of Bolton on Humber Station Road just south of Patterson Sideroad. While not certified organic both MWFF and AHCF have made strong commitments to ecological and regenerative growing practices. Learn more about AHCF in this 2015 Just Sayin’ Caledon interview and on their website.
In 2017 the Bolton Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from June to October. In addition to fresh produce this fabulous market features locally-produced crafts and art. It is located in the downtown core in the municipal parking lot at the corner of Stern and Anne Streets in proximity to great local shops and favourites like Happy Days Ice Cream Parlour (find Happy Days on Facebook here). View the BFM website here.
On the west side of Caledon you will also find the Inglewood Farmers Market and the Southfields Farmers Market, both of which were held on weekday afternoon/evenings during 2016. More information on the 2017 plans for these markets will soon be available here.
PICK YOUR OWN FARMS AND FARM MARKETS
Have time for a weekend jaunt into rural Caledon? Destinations like Downey’s Farm Market, and Albion Orchards and many more await with seasonal-dependent offerings for fun family outings. The Region of Peel produces an annual Grown in Peel Guide