The farm is situated in the center of the Niagara peninsula. With the climate tempered by Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, our land encompasses just over 27 acres of fertile sandy loam soil.
Originally part of a much larger property well over a century ago, the farm has always been to some extent dedicated to fruit production. In recent years however, much of the crops have been let go and today most of the land is used for corn production.
Since we acquired the land in the summer of 2012, our objective is to return the property to its original glamour as a small fruit farm.
Today we operate a small patch of Purple Raspberries and Blackberries. We are also re-establishing an old plot of Arctic Kiwis, some June Berries and Mulberries. as well as some well established Concord table grapes. We are also working on a few old apple trees (Crab Apples, McIntosh, Empire, and a row of rare Pippin Apple trees).
Planted this Spring (2013) are new varieties of raspberries (pink and yellow), currants (black and red), red gooseberries, and Chestnut trees.
Our property also includes a small part of a beautiful Carolinian forest. Here we find Black Walnuts, Shagbark Hickory, Sugar Maples, Sassafras, Ramps, Garlic Scapes, Wild Blackberries, Wild Grapes, as well as a variety of wild mushrooms including Pheasant Back Saddle Mushrooms and Powderpuffs.
EVENTS AND NEWS ITEMS
From Switzerland to Growing Kiwis in Pelham
The Welland Tribune has recently published a great article on our endeavours:
July 19th, Ridge Berry Farm hosted Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn for the official opening of the Tea Room and market.
The purple raspberries are in! Great fresh or for baking, these berries were organically grown and are somewhat larger than standard varieties.
Visit our shop where we also sell freshly made raspberry jams. cordials and dehydrated berries (for cereal, trail mixes or just a healthy snack).