Note: Dates are approximate depending on Mother Nature!
Fall is defined by it's cool days, beautiful colours and the multitude of varieties of apples available.
Apricot harvest will begin mid July. Make sure you ask for a sample when you come by the market. Many people are just getting to know this beautiful fruit. The pit pops out when you split the fruit in half. No mess, no waste...just a delicious, nutritious experience.
Asparagus signals one of the first tastes of spring - a real delicacy. Fresh cut asparagus is supplied to Whitty Farms market from Emre Farms in Simcoe. This crop is grown on the sandy soil of Norfolk county and is cut daily and hand sorted to ensure quality and freshness.
Blackberries, also known as thimbleberries, are quickly becoming one of the most popular summer fruits in Canada. Mature berries are very sweet, ideal for eating fresh-picked. At maturity the berries are completely black and slightly soft.
These little deliciocities are super-good for you! Eat them by themselves, in baked goods, in fruit salads or with yogurt for dessert. Just don't wash them until you are ready to eat them as the moisture can promote the growth of mold.
High in the antioxidant beta-carotene, which may help reduce the risk of developing cataracts. Cantaloupe is a perfect diet food since it has about half the calories of most other fruits.
Sour cherries contain more of the potent antioxidant anthocyanin than any other fruit. Anthocyanin may help reduce inflammation and ease the pain of arthritis and gout.
Grapes contain resveratrol, an antioxidant that may help prevent heart disease by reducing blood pressure levels and lowering the risk of blood clots. Resveratrol may also help stop the spread of breast, stomach and colon cancer cells.
Niagara's sandy loam soils along with protection from the Niagara escarpment allows Whitty Farms and other growers in this region to produce some of the best peaches in the world. We grow 12 varieties of peaches and 2 varieties of nectarines allowing us to offer these products from mid July until the end of September.
Unlike most other fruits, pears don't ripen well on the tree. Instead, pears are harvested when mature and are allowed to finish ripening under controlled conditions.
Saskatoon Berries are a very special treat imported from western Canada. Saskatoon berry pies and tarts have become a local favorite.
Sweet corn is picked every morning and offered at the market within hours of harvest.
Some of this year's selections include green zebra, black pear, ultra pink, shilling giant oxheart, copia, several brandy wine and sprite.
Watermelon is 92 per cent water, making it aptly named. It's a great addition to any weight-loss diet because it is low in calories and satisfies the sweet tooth.