Whittamore's Berry Farm in Markham, Ontario Celebrates 2007 Strawberry Season

    Whittamore's Berry Farm at 8100 Steeles Avenue East in Markham.
    Saturday & Sunday   June 23 & June 24.  9 am - 4 pm

    MARKHAM, ON, June 21 /CNW/ - In cooperation with the Ontario Berry
Growers Association and Foodland Ontario.
    Project organizer Stephanie Whittamore said, "The weather is expected to
be perfect, and the strawberry crop this year could not be better. We have
something for everyone at this festival: live music by the Monday Morning
Blues Jazz Band from Markham District High School, a pancake breakfast hosted
by the Markham Lions Club, 40 acres of delicious strawberries in the Pick Your
Own, wagon rides, a huge Fun Farm Backyard for the kids, and lots of great
food from local restaurants."
    "This is our first annual Strawberry Festival, supporting local producers
and multiculturalism," she went on to say. "...There is already a lot of buzz
about the different types of food we will have at it. And who doesn't want to
eat fresh strawberries?! You can pick your own berries or stroll the exhibits
and taste chocolate-dipped strawberries. We even have Chinese spring rolls
with Strawberry sauce and an East Indian Strawberry Lassi!"
    The Festival's official opening is at 1:30 pm on Saturday with Markham
Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Ward Councillor Logan Kanapathi, and Deputy Mayor of
Stouffville Phil Bannon. The grand opening of Strawberry Mountain and the new
Turbo Slide in the Fun Farm Yard is at 12:00 pm. Guests will be able to pick
their own strawberries, green peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas, and new
potatoes on one of Ontario's largest Pick-Your-Own farms, as well as sample
and buy local fresh produce.

    Festival Schedule:
    7:00 am - Pick Your Own opens
    9:00 am - Pancake Breakfast
    10:00 am - Wagon rides begin
    11:00 am - Restaurants start serving (Johnny Bistro, Kevin Garden
    Chinese, Mezbaan East Indian Cuisine)
    1.30 pm Saturday - Official Strawberry Festival Kick-off (gates open at
    9 am for event) with
    Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Ward councillor Logan Kanapathi, Deputy
    Mayor Stouffville Phil Bannon.
    2:00 pm Saturday & Sunday - Pie-eating Contest

    Whittamores Farms reports record start to Strawberry Season...
    "The strawberry crop looks fantastic for this year," says Mike
Whittamore, a third generation Markham Strawberry grower. "...Ontario soil is
perfect for growing strawberries, and with the recent hot weather and balance
of rain, we could not have asked Mother Nature to be more cooperative. The
perfect conditions generate large juicy strawberries that you will never find
outside of Ontario.

    Province-wide "Get Fresh" Strawberry Festivals celebrate the start of
    summer and the Fresh Produce season
    Supported by the OBGA and Foodland Ontario, 'Get Fresh' Strawberry
Festivals are happening in 7 Markets: Toronto, Hamilton, Barrie, Ottawa,
Kingston, Peterborough, and Stratford. For more information visit

For further information:

For further information: Whittamore's Farm Get Fresh Strawberry
Festival, Mike Whittamore at (416) 436-5925, www.whittamoresfarm.com

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