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Norfolk County Ontario’s Garden
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Norfolk County strawberries at 4 Seasons Farm Shop

Norfolk County strawberries
at 4 Seasons Farm Shop

Norfolk County’s strawberry growers grow more strawberries than anywhere else in Ontario – almost 400 acres, according to the most recent Census of Agriculture. We’re also the second largest strawberry-growing region in Canada.

There are many local foods and drinks to try from farm markets and restaurants that feature the Norfolk County strawberry.

Strawberry Farming in Norfolk County

Growing strawberries in Norfolk County is not for the faint of heart. Typically, each spring, frost warnings send strawberry growers into their fields all night to irrigate the strawberry plants with water. Ice forms on the strawberry plants and insulates them from the frost. Our farmers sometimes stay up for several nights in a row to make sure their crops are saved, and you get to taste sweet berries.

Strawberry Growers

Check out our list of Norfolk County strawberry growers under Foods A to Z.

Norfolk County farmers grow traditional June-bearing strawberry varieties such as Wendy, Governor Simcoe and Jewel, as well as day-neutral or ever-bearing varieties which provide fruit until fall frost.

Tastings & Menus

Strawberry Lager

Strawberry Lager at
Blue Elephant Craft Brew House

  • Villa Nova Estate Winery: Features Strawberry Sangria for tasting
  • Blue Elephant Craft Brew House: Features Strawberry Lager on its flight of 4 beer samples
  • The Combine Restaurant: Dessert menu in June features Brick Oven Pie with strawberry, rhubarb and ice cream. The Pavlova features strawberry sauce and strawberry fruit compote.
  • The Barrel Restaurant: Features Local Strawberry Spring Mix Salad with Wendy-variety strawberries, bocconcini cheese, sweet onion, crumbled bacon, glazed pecans, all tossed in a cranberry vinaigrette dressing. Barrel  also has Strawberry Tiramisu.

Strawberry Beverages

The Blue Elephant Craft Brew House brews Strawberry Lager craft beer (4.5%) for its pub and in its retail store. James the brewmaster sources the strawberries from Meadow Lynn Farms, less than 1km away.

Strawberry Varieties Norfolk CountyThe Cider Keg Farm Market produces non-alcoholic Apple-Strawberry-Rhubarb sparkling cider. It is available at the farm market near Vittoria as well as Sobeys stores across Canada (look in the produce section).

Rush Creek Wines in neighbouring Elgin County has produced Decadence, a strawberry-chocolate fruit wine that won a Silver Medal at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

Villa Nova Estate Winery is offering tastings of Strawberry Sangria in its tasting room.

 

Strawberry pickers

Some strawberry farms
allow you to pick your own (PYO).
Call ahead for details.

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Strawberry Recipes

Breakfast Recipes

Strawberry Soup

Strawberry Soup

Appetizer Recipes

Sandwich with Strawberries

Sandwich with Strawberries

Dessert & Snack Recipes

Strawberry Shooters

Strawberry Shooters

Drink Recipes