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We Went for the Strawberries and Stayed for the Doors
Around here late June is strawberry season and the Lanaudière region where we live north of Montréal has quite a few farms that produce some of the best berries you’ll find.
Whenever possible we’ll avoid the big supermarket chains and visit local farmers who offer either a pick-your-own option, or at very least a roadside stand offering produce that’s picked fresh onsite.
It’s not always cheaper but it’s ALWAYS fresher, almost always tastier and more nutritious, and often the same price as the supermarket or at worst, not a lot more expensive.
Last weekend we visited a family-run farm called Ferme Entre Ciel et Terre in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, about a 15 minute drive from where we live and about a 35-40 minute drive from the city.
There had been some heavy rains the night before so unfortunately the fields were too muddy for those who wanted to pick their own.
Despite not being able to crawl around in the fields to fill our baskets ourselves, we were not going to leave empty-handed because they had plenty of already-picked 3 liter baskets to choose from at their roadside stand.
As we selected a couple of baskets and a nice bundle of garlic scapes to take home we chatted with the owners about the different vegetables they grow and offer for sale throughout the summer, and I got some helpful cooking tips for my garlic scapes as well.
While looking around I noticed some really nice weathered doors on their big old barn.
Since I had the camera with me in the trunk of the car, I just had to ask if it was okay to walk around a bit before we left so I could take some pictures of the doors.
As my wife was explaining the story about my fetish for doors, not only did they wave us in to look around outside, but one of the nice ladies even invited us to have a look at a couple of 120 year-old doors INSIDE their family home!
To anyone who has ever been in a old farmhouse a lot of these will seem very familiar in style and design.
As someone who spent a lot of his childhood summer weekends on a family farm in Cornwall Ontario they sure struck a chord with me.
After being humbled to the point of not quite knowing what to say by such a generous welcome, we wandered around while I took some more outdoor shots of the sheds and storage tank.
This curious guy came over to check out what I was doing.
And yes, even the chicken coop had a lovely old textured door 🙂
For those in the greater Montréal area who may be interested in visiting them, you’ll find complete directions and opening hours on their website link above.
The pick-your-own strawberry season usually runs from the last week of June into mid-July. During the rest of the summer the farm also offers a wide variety of non-GMO and pesticide-free vegetables that are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers.
One convenient concept they offer that seems to be more and more popular in a number of places in North America is a 15-week subscription to a weekly vegetable basket based on what’s available at various times throughout the summer.
Even though I love to grow my own vegetables in our back yard garden I know I’ll be back to see these folks at least a few times this summer for things we don’t grow at home.
And in case you’re wondering how the strawberries were:
Yes, they were absolutely delicious!
As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂
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