Pick your local favourites at these Ottawa-area berry farms

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Berry picking tips

  • Always call ahead to double-check hours of operations and crop availability. Often, it’s not just berries you can pick!
  • Most growers offer containers, at a small cost, to collect your berries. If you use your own containers, be sure they are not too deep; you do not want to bruise your berries.
  • Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you’d be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don’t forget hats and sunscreen.
  • Avoid the midday sun. Early morning and late afternoon are better times for kids.
  • To pick, gently hold the stem between thumb and forefinger. Carefully pinch and break the stem to release the berry without squeezing the berry itself.

Storing and preparing

  • Remove any damaged berries as soon as possible. Trim damaged areas and use in sauces, ice creams or in baking where appearance doesn’t matter.
  • Store berries in the refrigerator. Use within three to six days.
  • Just before serving, gently rinse under cold running water. For strawberries, avoid soaking because the strawberries will absorb water and lose flavour. Gently pat dry with paper towels.
  • Freeze berries and enjoy them during the winter months.


Strawberries: June-August (after the picking season ends, look for day neutral strawberries in your local grocery stores)

Raspberries: July-August

Blueberries: July-August

See when all Ontario fruits and vegetables are in season:


To help make healthier food choices, consider using the Foodland Ontario nutrition guide.

Five family friendly farms

(more can be found at www.berryfarms.org)


Miller’s Farm and Market Centre: Strawberries, raspberries, 6158 Rideau Valley Dr. (just five kilometres south of the Village of Manotick) 613-692-2380 (Farm)

Owners: www.millersfarmandmarket.ca

*Say hello to Petunia in her bunny hutch!


Fraisiere Duquette Strawberries: Strawberries and raspberries, 2236 Champlain Rd., Clarence Creek, Ont. 613-488-3284

Owners: Jacques and Gail Duquette, www.duquettestrawberries.com

  • 7 acres (about three hectares) of pick-your-own strawberries
  • 3 acres (about a hectare) of pick-your-own Killarney raspberries
  • 12 hives of honeybees that supply their delicious non-pasteurized liquid honey

Proulx Maple and Berry Farm: strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, 1865 O’Toole Rd., Cumberland, Ont.

Owners: The Proulx family has owned and operated this family farm in Cumberland since 1920. proulx@proulxberryfarm.com, +1-613-833-2417

*Picnic area 


Dekok Family Berry Farm: raspberries and apples, 1070 March Rd., Kanata, just 20 minutes from the heart of Ottawa. 

Owners: Jack and Mary Dekok, http://www.dekokberryfarm.com, 59-BERRY (613-592-3779)

*Enjoy the play structures and lovely picnic area.


Shouldice Berry Farm and Market: strawberries and raspberries

Three locations:

  1. Bells Corners, 3451 Richmond Road between Baseline and Bayshore
  2. Nepean, 2110 Merivale Rd., between Fallowfield and Hunt Club
  3. Barrhaven, 2901 Woodroffe Ave., between Fallowfield and Strandherd


Berry-licious recipes

5 ways to add sweet hand-harvested berries to your menu!

Add berry freshness of summer for easy entertaining and to everyday meals, such as:

  • baked brie topped with berries;
  • shake up an icy berry beverage like sangria or lemonade;
  • sweeten salsas;
  • top off salads;
  • fresh berries with a bowl of whipped cream is a great centrepiece.

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  1. Berry Frozen Yogurt

Whether you prepare this frozen yogurt in an ice cream maker or in a shallow pan, you will love the delicious strawberry flavour.

Chilling Time: 1 hour

Freezing Time: about 4 hours

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 8


  • 3 cups (750 mL) sliced Ontario strawberries or whole raspberries
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. (15 mL) cornstarch
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Ontario milk
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) corn syrup
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 2% plain unsweetened yogurt


In food processor or blender, purée strawberries until smooth; set aside.

In medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn starch and milk; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in puréed strawberries and corn syrup. Refrigerate until completely cooled, about 1 hour.

Combine strawberry mixture and yogurt. Freeze in ice cream maker following manufacturer’s instructions. Or turn into shallow metal pan; freeze until partially frozen, about 1 to 2 hours. Scrape into food processor or blender; process until creamy. Return to shallow container and freeze until firm.

Allow to soften in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Foodland Ontario

  1. Ice Berry Pops

Children of all ages will enjoy these delicious, nutritious frozen treats. A hidden strawberry surprise awaits in each cup! Be sure to make plenty, as these will magically disappear from your freezer. You’ll need six 3 oz. (90 mL) paper cups and six wooden stir sticks.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 3 hours

Servings: 6


  • 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) Ontario Strawberries
  • 1 cup (250 mL) French vanilla yogurt (1% M.F.)
  • 1 tbsp. (15 mL) liquid honey
  • 3 small Ontario Strawberries, halved


In blender, combine strawberries, yogurt and honey; purée until smooth. Divide among six 3 oz. (90 mL) paper cups. Onto each of 6 stir sticks, skewer strawberry half midway. Insert strawberry end of stick into centre of each cup. Freeze until firm, about 3 hours. Let stand at room temperature for a few minutes and peel off paper cups.

Tip: To make it easy to store in the freezer, place filled cups in a muffin tin.

MITK tip: If you would like to add other seasonal berries, put them in the cups before you add the mixture.


  1. Strawberry Crunch Parfaits

Sweet, creamy, crunchy and dairy parfaits hit the mark when wanting a fresh stand-in for traditional cheesecake!

Prep time: 20 minutes

Makes: 8-10 parfaits


  • 18 enerjive Chocolate Quinoa Crisps
  • 18 enerjive Rock Salt Quinoa Crackers
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) dark cocoa or raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) walnuts or almonds or hazelnuts
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tbsp. (30 mL) coconut oil

Strawberry Cream

  • 2 cups (500 mL) cashews, soaked 4 hours or more
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) agave syrup or pure maple syrup
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 4 cups (1,000 mL) Ontario strawberries, hulled, divided (Tip: you can replace strawberries with local raspberries or blueberries)

In food processor, pulse enerjive crisps and crackers until crumbled, add cocoa powder, nuts, dates and coconut oil — pulse until well combined.

In high-speed blender or food processor, blend soaked cashews, maple syrup, lemon juice and coconut oil; add 2 cups (500 mL) of the strawberries and purée until smooth. Finely chop remaining 2 cups of strawberries.

In 6 oz. glass ramekins (or desired serving vessel), layer chocolate crumble, then strawberry mixture, chopped berries, then repeat. Top with a strawberry or more chopped berries.

Refrigerate up to 2 days.