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Doug and Sharon McBride have been farming together since 1984. The road to organics began with a little farm in Campbellville, Ontario. A few years later we settled in Oro Township and that is where McBride's Organic Farm as you know it came into existence. In 1994 we became full-time farmers and the following year we committed ourselves full-time to organic farming. We started farming organically for ourselves initially and later, we recognized a demand for local organic produce. McBride's Organic Farm was then certified organic in 1996.

Now it's 2020! We are getting older, I don't mind saying... And ready to cut back. So this season, we are renting plots of garden to 3 new growers , to help them get their own businesses growing.

In our 10 (or so) acres of garden, we grow just about every type of vegetable.

We start all our own organic seedlings while the snow is still on the ground and transfer them to our greenhouses when conditions allow. Our tunnels also allow for season extension to make the most of our growing season and provide you with local organic produce as late into the year as possible. In fact, our last root crops come out of the ground in November and are sold through the winter months at market.

From the greenhouse our seedlings are planted out to the garden, and harvested all summer long. We succession plant our greens (spinach, chard, kale, lettuces and salad mixes) to keep the fresh produce coming! The bulk of the remaining 95 acres of McBride's Organic Farm is dedicated to our beef herd as pasture land and space for growing hay and grain crops. All the food and bedding for our cattle is grown right here, and on nearby farms that we have transitioned to organic certification.

Although Doug and Sharon are no longer at the Barrie and Orillia markets (still doing Gravenhurst market this year), you will find organic produce at the Barrie market through Behr Farm (Brendan), Orillia fairgrounds market through Camphouse Farm (Greg), and the Coldwater market through Ants Marching Farm (Mackenzie).

As the season progresses , we will see how all this plays out - so far, everyone's working hard, and excited to see their crops starting to mature and sell!

Don't hesitate to contact us with any requests or questions.. We are not retired - just slowing down a bit!