Strawberry Farm

Howe Family Farm Market

About our Strawberry Farm

Our strawberry farm has a rich and abundant history. We are known for our delectable berries. With their sweet taste and juicy bite, they're a fan favorite!
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How we grow our Strawberries

Growing a number of varieties of strawberries takes an immense amount of skill and knowledge. Fortunately for us, we have decades of both.
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The harvest

The care we take for our crops doesn't just stop at the growing phase. No, we take just as much care and pride in our harvesting techniques as we do the growing. Nothing makes for a sweeter strawberry than great attention from start to finish!
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Strawberry Farming

Here at Howe Family Farms we have been growing strawberries for five generations. Our strawberry farm is one of the largest in Ontario. We believe the trick of growing a perfect strawberry starts with variety. Over the years we have grown countless varieties. Some grow vigorously; some bear an unbelievable amount of fruit. Others, we can store for long durations, but the most important characteristic is flavor. We only grow varieties of strawberries you’ll love to eat. 

Our Growing Process

Seasonal Treats

Choosing a flavorful variety isn’t the only trick to growing a perfect strawberry. Care must be taken from planting to harvest. We not only take our time planting our strawberries perfectly, but we go the extra mile when harvesting our crops to ensure you get the tastiest, farm fresh, strawberries. 

Irrigation during frosty nights and dry weather conditions are extremely important practices on our strawberry farm. We are lucky to farm in an area of South Western Ontario that has an abundant freshwater supply. Having a constant supply of fresh water makes a huge difference in the quality and taste of our strawberries.

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Quality Berries

Possibly the most important part of growing strawberries is the harvest. Strawberries do not have a very long shelf life. For this reason, we have picked up a few tricks over the years to prolong the shelf life of our strawberries. This includes, an extremely stringent grading policy!

Only The Best!

The saying, “One bad apple spoils the bunch," holds true to strawberries as well. Not only will the customer who purchases a quart with a spoiled strawberry in it be discouraged from eating more, but the spoiled fruit can also increase the rate in which the rest of the quart spoils. Because of this, our excellent picking crew is monitored by who we call “Patch Bosses,” who ensure only the best berries are picked.

Freshness Guaranteed

We also hire a team of well-trained strawberry “Graders,” who give a second inspection over each quart. Their job consists of filling quarts that are missing berries, and removing berries not meeting our standard. Simply put, we do not accept bad berries on our strawberry farm! We have always believed, quality must be at the forefront of our business.

Great Lasting Taste

A second trick to prolonging our strawberries shelf life, is cooling our strawberries to 36 degrees Fahrenheit immediately after harvest. The quicker we can cool a strawberry, the longer the strawberry lasts. Because of this technique, our customers get to enjoy fresh strawberries that last longer.

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