The farm now known as McLean Berry Farm was homesteaded in the mid 1800's and has produced Maple Syrup for around one hundred years. In the mid 1950's Clarence Northey set out to grow some of the first strawberries in the area and this farm has been producing strawberries ever since. When Clarence retired, he sold the farm and it passed hands a couple of times.
In January 1991, Sam and Jane McLean bought the farm and moved in with their two small children Erin and Ben. In the summer of 1991 they offered their first fruits vegetables for sale and over the years they have expanded and changed the produce that they grew, as well as their on farm store.
As their children grew, they both developed a love for the farm as well as a love for providing the community with a fresh, local and delicious source of fruits and vegetables. They now are both active contributing members of the family farm and enjoy it immensely.
The McLean family now offers strawberries as: pick your own, fresh at their farm market, at the Peterborough and Lakefield farmers markets, and wholesale. They also grow a wide variety of other fruits and vegetables and have expanded their store a couple of times over the years in order to display the wide variety of produce that they grow.
In addition, they complement their own home grown produce with other local products such a honey, beef and eggs from other local producers.
They are constantly working to continue to expand the variety of crops that they are growing, as well as their availability throughout the season using a wide number of different growing techniques. Using trickle irrigation, day neutral strawberries, fall raspberries and high tunnels are only a few of the ways that the McLean family is continuing to extend and better their growing season and growing techniques in order to be able to provide their customers with fresh fruits and vegetables.
In the summer of 2010, the McLean family was able to purchase the Buckhorn Berry Farm and this has provided them with more wonderful arable land to be farmed. Now, instead of renting land, they are able to save countless hours of traveling and moving machinery and focus on what they really love - growing delectable fruits and vegetables!
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