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“There was an Era When Wheat was King”

Excerpted from Nicola Ross’ book, “Caledon”, 1999

Subsistence agriculture predominated until the 1850s. At this juncture, several events pushed Caledon’s farmers toward commercial farming. First the prices of agricultural commodities, especially wheat, were jacked up by…Many of Caledon’s fine farmhouses and barns were built on the proceeds from wheat during these prosperous years. Read the article>>

Grown In Peel Guide and Map

What is the Story on the “Grown in Peel Guide”

The “Grown in Peel” Guide and website lists all of the farms, farm markets and Farmers’ Markets in the Region of Peel that are open to farm gate or direct sales.

The “Grown in Peel, Buy Fresh” map and website are a collaborative project of the Peel Agricultural Advisory Working Group, Peel Federation of Agriculture, Peel Public Health, Region of Peel’s Environment, Transportation and Planning Services Department, Caledon Countryside Alliance, the Town of Caledon, the City of Brampton and the City of Mississauga. Work on the Guide began in 2005 and it has been fully supported by the Region of Peel, who should be commended on their support and leadership. The Caledon Countryside Alliance (CCA) was an active member of the founding group and continues to be a supporting and participating partner on the project.

The first paper map was published (30,000 copies) for the 2006 growing season. At the same time the website was launched for on-line searches. For the 2007 and 2008 Guides, 50,000 copies were published and distributed to the participating farms, local libraries, community centres and city and town halls in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga and it is also online.

The Guide lists 23 farms and markets that are all within a 45 minute drive of any location within Peel and many of the locations are even closer. In addition to vegetables and fruit, you’ll also find meats, honey, maple syrup, baked goods, garden supplies, wine and much, much more.

“There’s nothing better than the taste of freshly picked strawberries or apples,” says Nick Ferri, a member of the Peel Agricultural Advisory Working Group and owner of Big’r Apple Farm in Huttonville. “Local produce is picked when ripe. Imported vegetables and fruit are often picked green and forced to ripen during shipping.”

Agriculture has been a way of life in Caledon, Brampton and Mississauga for hundreds of years. From apples to watermelons and asparagus to zucchini, local produce tastes great and is good for you too. Best of all, you can get them close to home when they’re in season and at their best!

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