Strawberry Sunday/e draws hundreds to North Stormont farms

From left, 2017 4-H Ambassador Sierra Stanley of Ottawa and Stormont County Princess of the Furrow Haleigh-Jo tePlate welcome visitors to Kenmatten Dairy Farm, one of two farm sites participating in ‘Strawberry Sunday/e’ to raise awareness about agriculture in North Stormont. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

NORTH STORMONT — Blue sky was visible most of the day, and hundreds of people turned out for the cleverly titled ‘Strawberry Sunday/e’ agricultural awareness event in North Stormont yesterday (July 9).

Organized with the support of the Stormont Federation of Agriculture, the Stormont-Glengarry Junior Farmers, the Stormont 4-H Club, as well as local agricultural societies and local agribusinesses, the occasion followed up a similar public-education-minded event (‘Breakfast on the Farm’) held three years ago at the Wert family dairy farm.

The brainchild of Jim Wert — host of the previous shindig — the 2017 edition sent visitors to Avonmore Berry Farm to enjoy free ice cream and strawberries as well as the Speck family’s ultra-modern operation at Kenmatten Farms outside Moose Creek.

Friendly volunteers wearing red Strawberry Sunday/e t-shirts directed streams of incoming traffic into both farmsteads. According to organizers on site, 700 people were seated for free sundaes at the berry farm by 2 p.m., with a couple more hours still to go.

At the dairy farm, visitors snacked on free cheese curd and chocolate milk. Wearing blue bio-security booties, they marvelled at the soaring 2015 free-stall barn where a robot trundled alongside the feed alley, pushing up an all-forages ration to the tranquil Holstein cattle. Every once in a while, overhead sprinklers would send a gentle mist down onto the animals, lowering the summer temperatures within the comfortable structure.

Members of the Eamer family from Cornwall enjoyed the spectacle of modern farming and other special attractions set up for the day. “The kids love the animals,” observed Suzanne Eamer.

The occasion was also billed as a Canada 150 event.

Bobbi-Jo Uhr and Kelsey Smith help out at the strawberry sundae table at Avonmore Berry Farm. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


From left, Jeanne Pedersen, Ryan Grant, 15, Suzanne Eamer, Melody Eamer, 14 and Allison Eamer, 10, enjoyed the scene at Kenmatten Dairy Farm. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Local MPP Jim McDonell and volunteer Cynthia, inside the free-stall barn at Kenmatten Dairy Farm. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

More Strawberry Sunday/e photos appear in the gallery below.


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