We welcome your questions! Here is a list of some of the most common questions we are typically asked by both new and returning customers. If you have a question that we have not addressed in this section or elsewhere in the website, please feel free to contact us either via the contact email provided on this website or by giving us a quick call.
Q: Where can I buy your potatoes?
A: If you a consumer who wants to purchase our potatoes for your home, you can look at your local grocery store or visit our farm. Restaurant owners who would like to use our potatoes in their kitchen should contact the farm to find out if they are located within our delivery range. Wholesale distributors can contact the farm or look for us at stall #444 in the Farmer’s Market at the Ontario Food Terminal.
Q: Can I come to your farm?
A: Yes! We are open to the public daily from 7 am to 5 pm. Please note we are open year round.
Q: Where is your farm located?
A: We are at 19228 McCowan Road in the hamlet of Holt which is just northeast of Newmarket. We are just north of York Road 13 (otherwise known as the Mount Albert Sideroad.) We are only minutes from Highway 48 and the 404.
Q: How much do your potatoes cost?
A: Due to the fluctuating pricing in the fruit and vegetable industry, we request you contact us directly to receive current pricing. You can either contact us via the email address provided at the bottom of the page or call us directly for a quote.
Q: Do you have a pick-your-own farm?
A: No. Our product is picked fresh daily for our customers and available at the door.
Q: When can I get new potatoes?
A: We know it is difficult to wait for these tiny potatoes that are only available in the summer! Ideally our new potatoes are ready for sale by mid to late July. Remember to buy small quantities that you will use within a day or two as they lack a set skin and therefore are difficult to store.
Q: When is the sweet corn going to be ready?
A: Sweet corn takes its sweet time to grow. With perfect growing conditions we usually have sweet corn ready for sale by the end of July. To enjoy your sweet corn to the utmost, plan on eating it the day you buy it. If necessary, you can keep it fresh by wrapping it in a plastic bag and refrigerating it for a day or two.
Q: Is this an organic farm?
A: We use an Integrated Pest Management system (IPM) at our farm. This system utilizes best farming practices which include cultural and mechanical methods to reduce reliance on pesticides. There are many complex factors involved in using an IPM system. Some of the things we do include focusing on keeping our plants healthy to reduce the spread of disease and monitoring pest populations to make an educated decision on necessary controls. Plant health is also encouraged through using crop rotation and natural fumigants such as chicken manure.
Q: What does it mean that you have an "Ontario Environmental Farm Plan"?
A: We are proud to be members of the Ontario Environment Farm Plan. We voluntarily work in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure we do everything we can to keep our land and our environment healthy. For example, we recently added a GPS which is used to calibrate spraying and fertilizing equipment to reduce the quantity of pesticides and chemical fertilizer used.
Q: How does your farm look after Food Safety?
A: We are currently registered with CanadaGap which is a food safety programs for companies that produce, pack and store fruits and vegetables. CanadaGap is designed to help implement effective food safety procedures within fresh produce operations. We comply with food safety standards outlined by CanadaGap. For instance, we now have a better record keeping system for tracking manure spreading.