NORFOLK COUNTY, ON, Oct. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - As Canadians carve their jack o' lanterns and bake their pumpkin pies this fall, chances are their pumpkins came from Norfolk County.
According to the latest farm data, Norfolk County farmers grew 1,795 acres of pumpkins, making Norfolk County the leading pumpkin-growing region in Canada.
Many sizes, colours and shapes of pumpkins can be purchased at farm markets across Norfolk County, as well as at farmers markets in Simcoe on Thursdays and Port Dover on Saturdays.
- Video of pumpkin patch in Norfolk County: www.youtube.com/norfolkcounty
The famous Erie Beach Hotel in Port Dover also serves pickled pumpkin on its menu, made by hand using Norfolk County pumpkins. A recipe for the restaurant's pickled pumpkin is available in the latest edition of the Norfolk County Recipe Book.
For a list of farm markets selling pumpkins and other local food, visit www.norfolkfarms.com or call 1-800-699-9038 for a copy of the Norfolk County Map and Local Food Guide.
Located along Ontario's South Coast, Lake Erie, Norfolk County is considered Ontario's Garden, because the latest Census indicates farmers there grow the largest volume and most diverse selection of fruit and vegetables in Canada. Norfolk County is located about 90 minutes southwest of Toronto.
Travel information about Norfolk County is available at www.norfolktourism.ca.
Video of Norfolk County pumpkin patches can be found at: http://youtu.be/cVJcdi5xi9U
Broadcast-quality footage also available
SOURCE: Norfolk County
For further information:
Clark Hoskin, Ec.D.
Manager, Tourism & Economic Development
Phone 519-426-5870 ext 1238