Tallboots Farm is a little slice of rural Heaven, located just south of the village of Newtonville, Ontario. At our ever-expanding Tallboots Farm, we take great care to grow the best berries ripe for picking in the summer, and produce our own special blends of assorted preserves, tarts and treats available to order all year long. Just north of Lake Ontario, our acreage is ideal for growing hard-to-find, unusual varieties of berries, bringing throngs of visitors during harvest season. Also thriving in the rich soil is the Christmas Tree Farm, which we look forward to harvesting in the near future.
The crops are exceptionally pure; no pesticides or herbicides are used and many enjoy having a quick ‘snack’ in the field while gathering the Pick-Your-Own berries in summer, and most special of all is watching the little ones come out of the rows with a little smear of berry evidence on their cheeks!
The 25 acre farm began life as a vast berry patch and future Christmas tree farm in 2012. We enjoy growing and introducing many varieties of red, yellow, and purples raspberries, tayberries, blackberries, and also red and black currants. The Christmas tree field will be available for harvesting in 2017 with four varieties; Serbian Spruce, Fraser Fir, White and Blue Spruce.
Our customers come back week after week to see what Tallboots will bring to the Port Hope and Clarington Farmer’s Market in summer and fall, and the Newcastle Winter Market at A Gift of Art in the wintertime. The packaged chocolate treats and luscious preserves and baked goods are hard to resist and make a great gift to give to someone special. We are happy to take orders in advance for our baked goods and chocolates, and have just launched our online ‘store’ making it easier than ever to place your order.
What’s in a Name?
One of our customer’s favourite questions is the origin of the name of the Farm itself. It’s a simple answer really. When you’re a farmer that loves to get down and dirty in the field every day, very tall boots serve you very well! The taller the better and the cleaner you might be at the end of the day, so we enjoy having many pairs at hand to wear in all kinds of weather. And, who can forget the name Tallboots?
Farming is now the full-time passion consuming the days of Gary Zuters. A transplant from Scarborough, Ontario, Gary has owned the farm since 1984. Living beside the railway line brings back fond memories of 28 years service with the Canadian Pacific Railway. An avid railway photographer, Gary has written several books on the subject and his photos have been published in other books and magazines. Touring North America to pursue his railway photography hobby, Gary also manages and cares for the Tallboots Farm full time.
The head chef for preserves, chocolates, tarts and treats for Tallboots Farm is only one hat that Robin Boudreault wears. Originally from Trois Riviere Quebec, Robin also works alongside Gary on the farm, and at the farmer’s markets as well as working full time. Taking classes in baking and chocolate making has come in very handy when creating very special recipes for his customers. Trained in the IT/Software industry, Robin has also studied electronics and worked with several large corporations in his work life; IBM, Microsoft, SAP to name a few. When Robin manages to carve out some free time, he enjoys reading fiction and putting his feet up to watch a great movie at the end of a long day.