When it’s over….it’s OVER!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

How do you know when Strawberry season is truly finished?

Well, once we make a run through with this machine, there’s really no mistaking it!



Yes, that is a mower, much like a larger version of your lawn mower.  And yes, we are chopping off ALL of the tops of the strawberry plants!  (Don’t be confused.  Robert is moving backward down the rows, so it’s the plants in front of the tractor that have already been mowed down.) 

Seems rather harsh, doesn’t it?
It’s called “Renovation”.

Now, if you’ve ever lived through any other type of ‘renovation’, you will know that it almost always means that things are going to look worse before they look better.  It’s the same with the strawberry patch.

This video does a decent job of explaining the ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ of renovating a strawberry patch.

When the mower has passed by, this is what we’re left with…(the row on the right)…


It doesn’t end there!

We will still have to do the tilling and narrowing of the rows.  Then in the late fall – after a frost or two, we will apply the straw mulch over the whole patch and ‘tuck them in’ for the winter.

Until then….we’ll be in the vegetable patch!

Never a dull moment!!




It’s not over yet!

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Although it is now Week #4 of the 2015 Strawberry season, we’re not finished yet!

Here is what we’re seeing out there this morning.

July 6 2015

…lots of green berries on our later varieties, just waiting patiently to ripen up!

What does that mean to you?

It means that you still have time to enjoy some fresh, flavourful Miller’s Bay Farm strawberries before we wrap up.

Now, whether they’ll be picked by us, or picked by you, is still up in the air.
Since this last variety that we’re working on is only a percentage of our patch, we need to be careful about opening up for public Pick-Your-Own again.

(What we do not want to do is announce that PYO has re-opened, and have such a tedious pick for you this late in the season that you get discouraged and never want to come back and pick with us again!) 
That’s why we’re just taking the PYO situation one-day-at-a-time for this week.

If you are content to let us do the picking, we are aiming to have a steady supply of pre-picked strawberries at the Roadside Stand at the farm every day (Mon. – Sat.).
As many days as the supply permits, we will also be at our Perth Wagon for your convenience.

So, please stay tuned…to our Facebook updates, our website, or if you really love the sound of my voice THAT much, you can call 613-283-0205 and listen to our regularly updated voicemail greeting!

We’ll see you soon,



We did it!!! We made it a “5-Berry Day”!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015


It looks like we’ve arrived!  We’ve just changed our Berry Picking Rating to 5 out of 5!





What do you think?

We think the photo says it all.
(I snapped it just this morning in the patch.)



In a row like that (and there are many of them) it won’t take long for you to fill a basket.






Based on previous experience, the picking should be incredible for about a week, since this is – believe it or not – nearing “mid-season”.
Then it will (sadly) start to taper off, and before you know it, we’ll be left with nothing but memories (and hopefully a freezer full of strawberries, pies, and jams) until it all starts again next year!

Pick-Your-Own from 7 AM to 7 PM (sometimes later…call or email to inquire) Monday through Saturday.

We’ll see you at the farm!



Necessity is the mother of….

Saturday, March 7th, 2015



Really!     Who knew?

As many of you may have noticed, it’s been “a while” since the captions on our field signs here at the farm have been changed.  (Thanks for your patience.)

Part of the reason (a very large part actually) is that when it’s 20 below zero, those plastic letters feel like they’re at least 30, or 40 below zero to my poor little fingers!!

The other part of the reason is – you guessed it – that white stuff out there.

Now, I’m all for a challenge, and have cheerfully trudged through ankle, and even knee-deep snow many times over the past number of years…..but folks, it’s up to my thighs in places at the moment…and I’m not as young as I used to be!

Enter – my new best friends….




Yep, they’re originals!  Formerly reserved for the sugar bush, back in the days of “Miller’s Maple Products”, these poor old things had hung in the barn and gathered dust for many years…until today.

…and I can honestly say, “I’m so glad I finally got around to pulling them back into service.”  Having NEVER snow-shoed before, I thoroughly enjoyed my little trek, from one sign to the other (the long way around). 

In the end, it looks like it was a ‘win-win-win’ situation:

– the signs have new captions

– I got my cardio in for the day

– and the neighbours (if they were watching) had a good laugh or two.
(…a word to the wise….you must     L-I-F-T     Y-O-U-R      F-E-E-T    !!!)

It’s just too bad I hadn’t figured all of this out back at the beginning of the winter!



It’s almost time….

Friday, February 27th, 2015

This is the time of year when we start to get a little antsy!


We’ve been to the trade shows, the workshops and the meetings.


We’ve ordered the seeds and plants.


…and plans are underway to make our 2015 season one of the best ever….(at least we’re planning to give it OUR best.  That’s the thing about farming….it’s not all up to US!)

We wanted to let you know that…

VERY SOON, we will be rolling out our
2015 Bountiful Basket Program.

Keep your eyes peeled to your email, if you’re part of our Farm Fresh Family, that is.  (If you’re not, you’re certainly welcome to join!  See the link at the bottom of this post).  We’ll also be promoting it via facebook, so not to worry, either way.
As I read over the responses to our year-end survey of folks who were part of the program last year, I couldn’t help but be encouraged and energized!

You were all (well, ok…..almost all….there’s always one….but we’re not going there 😉  )  …SO pleased with the program as a whole!


Here are a few of the things we heard you say over and over;

  • “Wonderfully delicious. I think it was well worth every penny!”

  • “…so much fresher than what I’ve been able to find in the local supermarkets.”

  • “I loved it!!”

  • “Totally will sign up for it again. Great program and we are recommending it to others. Sign us up as very satisfied customers…”


We’ve taken all of your comments and suggestions into consideration and are making every attempt to improve the Bountiful Basket Program where it is feasible.

We’re planning a few little changes you can look forward to in 2015:

  • Extended pick-up times at the farm (until 7 pm instead of 6)
  • Possible (depending on interest) pick-up location in Smiths Falls
  • NO white turnips (hey – you win some, you lose some!)

So, as we said above,  you’ll hear from us very soon with more details and instructions on how to sign up.  In the mean-time, here’s a little reminder of warmer days….




Thanks for reading!  We’ll talk again soon,


As promised…this is where you can join
the Farm Fresh Family…
Click here  so you won’t miss another thing!



The Story Behind the Stones

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

 You have waited so patiently to find out what this….

…was all about.


I have finally stolen a few moments to let you in on the whole story.

But first – a disclaimer…

You should NOT bother to read this post IF:

  • you are only interested in news about the farm/strawberries/vegetables.
  • you only like short blog posts.
  • you don’t “do” sentimental.

Still with me?

Okay, but don’t say you weren’t warned!!

2014 has held some significant milestones for our family.  In case you missed it, I (Shannon) became a member of the “40+ club” back in July.
Far more impressive than that, my Grandma Hunter (my Dad’s Mom) just celebrated her 90th birthday last week!

We had been rolling this particular project over in our minds for a long time, and it just seemed that this was the year to  make it happen.

You see, Grandma was born and raised on a farm not far from here – just outside of Perth (Wildlife Road, for those of you who are familiar with the area).  The farm buildings there still stand today, and are lovingly cared for – and enjoyed by – their current owners.

Something that Grandma had always felt sad about though, was the fact that many years (and owners) ago, the once-majestic, stone gateposts had been left to crumble.

Once Upon a Time...

Once Upon a Time…


We had always hoped to add something similar at the front of our property…

… and we were fairly certain, that seeing them finally reconstructed would make Grandma pretty happy!!

And so began what became known between Robert and I as the top-secret…
“Operation 40-90”!

After the preliminary talks with the owner of Grandma’s home farm (and thus the stones),
discussions with, and quotes from the Stone Mason,
we sprang into action…one hushed step at a time.

Step #1 – Bring home the pieces….without raising too many questions….

Those things are...HEAVY!

Wagon Tires….please don’t fail us now!



“Home” safe and sound.


Steps # 2 – 4

– Unload wagon
– Wait for the Masons to be ready (and for things to quiet down out by the road)
– Shhh!  Don’t let anything slip!!


November… the guys from Keystone Traditional Masonry are ready to work their magic!
(Jim and his team are absolutely the BEST!!  Incidentally, they also re-bricked our house when we renovated back in 2000)

Steps # 5 – 287 (a.k.a. completion!)

The actual building of the posts only took about two weeks, and most of it  happened under the large, very orange, tarps.  (as you seem to have noticed)

(We can’t get away with ANYTHING around here!  We don’t mind.  We’re flattered that you folks keep such a close eye on our shenanigans!  Your guesses regarding what was under the tarps ranged from…
…”a new fence/gate” … “a Nativity scene” …
…to … “a broken down tractor” and “a permanent farm store”.)

Of course, the main purpose of the tarps was not to create a commotion, but rather to keep the stones, mortar, and working area warm (yes, Hydro One is loving us this  month!).

The (seemingly excessive) height was necessary to accommodate the electric hoist system used to set each of the stones into place.


…..You’re STILL reading along??

Thanks for sticking with me.  I promise I’m almost through!


Now…the second-best part:


The End Result

The End Result

You may ask, “If the end result was the second-best part, what was the BEST part?”

That’s easy….


Grandma's Reaction...

Grandma’s Reaction…

"Are those "My Gateposts"? "

“Are those “My Gateposts” ?”


“Yes, Grandma.  Yes, they are!”

She could scarcely believe her eyes.  She was thrilled…even called it, “a dream come true”…


…and that, friends, is a memory you cannot put a price-tag on.

November 25, 2014

November 25, 2014








Flashback Friday…

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Once in a while it’s fun to look back….


Young Robert


Whoops!  Not quite THAT far back.

How about 20 back years to the Kingston Farmer’s Market at just about this time of year…


Dad at Market

If you look closely, you’ll see potatoes…squash…pumpkins…and, yes, Maple Products (that’s a whole other blog post!)…but no SWEET CORN!

Fast forward to today…here at the farm….

Corn October 31

…as always – freshly picked today.

We’ve had several customers report back that it’s been among the tastiest corn of the year!  We had some for dinner earlier this week, and while we might not go that far, considering that it is the 31st of October, it still is very nice corn.

Who needs Halloween Candy Corn when you can have the real thing??

Check our Facebook page or your Farm Fresh Alert email for special end of season pricing!





Cast Your Ballot…of a different sort.

Monday, October 27th, 2014

As you may have noticed, it’s Election Day.  While we have absolutely no interest in talking politics here (!), we would encourage you to place your vote, if you have not already, for your local municipal council.

Lives have been lost to give us this freedom.  Taking a few minutes to cast our vote is the least we can to do honour that sacrifice.

Once you have done your civic duty and voted, drop by the farm and let us know that you did.  Then we’ll ask you to place a vote of a different sort;


Ballot         The beauty of this vote is that you are GUARANTEED that the ‘candidate’ you have chosen will ‘get in’ (to your shopping bag that is…for FREE!)

That’s right!  In this crazy, final week of our season, it IS that easy to get FREE produce!  Monday, October 27th only, just tell us that you’ve voted (yes, we’ll take your word for it!) and you will receive your choice of:

– 1 Pie Pumpkin

– 1 Pepper Squash


– 1 Bunch of Kale


Do you know the other great thing about your choice in the “Miller’s Bay Farm Votes…2014” event?

Whichever item you choose, you don’t have to keep it around for the next 4 years!!

We’ll see you at the farm,



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Look no further!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Word has it that these little gems are tricky to find these days!
There’s nothing like your own home-made dill pickles.

Bushel Pickling Cucumbers
Now that we’ve made our way through our waiting list…we can let the word out that….
…. we have (in limited quantities, mind you) PICKLING CUCUMBERS available!!!

Take a chance and stop in, drop us a line, or give us a call at 613-283-0205 to get some before they’re gone.





How do you like your corn?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

There are dozens of different ways to prepare this classic “taste of summer”…

…BBQ with husks on, grill with husks off….microwave, wrapped in foil over the campfire….or the traditional pot on the stove…

For the stove-top method (which is the way we most often end up cooking ours), did you know that there is no need to “drown” your corn?  It takes too long to get all of that water up to a boil anyway!

—Technically it’s more like steaming the corn than boiling it, because some of the cobs may not even be IN the water.—

Just start with 2 to 3″ of water in the pot.
Bring to a boil and add the (already husked) corn.
Cover and return to a boil.
Continue cooking for 7 minutes.
Remove from pot and enjoy!


By the way…never add salt to the water.  It will only toughen the corn!