Great Lakes Farms
Great Lakes Farms bring families, fun and farming together.
MaryAnne and Joe Van de Ge vel are the thir d generation to carry on the tradition of growing high quality Elgin County fruit, just minutes from scenic Port Stanley. The couple grows fresh strawberries, juicy tree ripened peaches (and pick-your-own), pears, pumpkins and 15 varieties of crunchy delicious apples. These fruits are available fresh when in season and also in many of the fresh-baked goods made in the farm bakery.
Throughout the year, Great Lakes hosts a wide variety of activities including weddings, hall rentals, group dinners, farm tours and pick your own apples, strawberries, pears and pumpkins.
At Great Lakes Farms the fall season is full of excitement! Start your visit with a wagon ride around the farm or a trip through the corn maze. Afterwards, grab a push-wagon and head into the orchard to pick a bushel of fresh, crisp apples straight from the tree. Feel free to add a couple homegrown pumpkins from the patch. After a hard afternoon of harvesting, you can relax in the cafe and enjoy some delicious, fresh-baked apple treats.
Don’t forget to visit the store and bakery to take home some fresh baked goods for your friends.
For over 3,000 years, apples have been cultivated in various locations across the world. Fast forward to today, there are now over 1,000 different varieties of apple trees in existence, in almost all corners of the earth.
Here in Elgin County, Great Lakes Farms will soon become a sea of red and green. With over a dozen varieties of apples to choose from, the public is invited to explore the farm and pick some apples for themselves. From the ever famous MacIntosh apple to the sweet Honeycrisp apple, there is a variety for everyone; and of course lots of apple sweets and treats to pick up in the apple barn.
Celebrate the kick-off to apple season at their Applefest event on September 7th and 8th.