Whittamore’s Farm (Markham)

Berry/ vegetable picking. There’s a children’s fun area ($) featuring farm animals, a tree house and play house with slides, Strawberry Mountain big slide, sand toy lot, and wagon rides. Birthday party packages available.  Tel: (905) 201-7659 

Ages: All ages

Major Intersection: Steeles Avenue East and Markham Pickering Townline Rd

Address: 8100 Steeles Avenue East, Markham, ON

 

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  1. Nancy (*Sizzling Hot* OTG Parent - Reviews: 51) says:
    Rating:
    Child's Age: 3.5 years
    Recommend?: Good to Go!
    Date of Visit: August 2012

    Activities We Did:

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    This is a coupon : $2 off with a minimum of $25 (pick-your-own)

    Additional Ratings:
    - Amenities: 4.5/5
    - Value: 5/5

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  2. Nancy (*Sizzling Hot* OTG Parent - Reviews: 51) says:
    Rating:
    Child's Age: 3.5 years
    Recommend?: Good to Go!
    Date of Visit: August 2012
    Event/ Program/ Class Name: Raspberry Picking/Veggie Picking

    Activities We Did:

    We went to pick raspberries and veggies!

    Good to Go!:

    Free parking and no entrance fee for going to the u-pick fields. After you park your car be sure to get your picking containers weighed – they’ll put a piece of tape with the weight on it so you don’t end up paying for the weight of your container when you pay for what you picked. The walk to the picking aisle was about 5 minutes with a pre-schooler. The bushes where FULL of red ripe raspberries! We also drove to a 2nd field to pick some veggies. Red & white potatoes, green & yellow beans, peas, snap peas are some of what they had available. We took some pictures in the potato field because they had a tractor in the field: that was a highlight for my daughter! We sat in the shade and had a picnic too. The staff is really nice and friendly.

    Not so Much/ Suggestions for Improvement:

    The potatoes where already tilled, so they where sitting on top of the ground – I kind of wished they where still underground so I could have shown my pre-schooler what a potato plant looked like, and that if you pull it out there are potatoes attached to the roots, and that if you dig some more you’ll find potatoes in the ground too.

    Quick Tips for Others:

    Bring: water/drinks, food/snacks, containers to pick in, hat, sun block.

    There are port-a-potty’s near each parking lot – but no traning ring, so bring your own.

    Additional Ratings:
    - Amenities: 4.5/5
    - Value: 5/5

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  3. Nancy (*Sizzling Hot* OTG Parent - Reviews: 51) says:
    Rating:
    Child's Age: 2 years
    Recommend?: Good to Go!
    Date of Visit: June 2011
    Event/ Program/ Class Name: Strawberry Picking & Fun Farm!

    Activities We Did:

    This is our 2nd year going to pick strawberries here. We also played in the fun yard!

    Good to Go!:

    Awesome strawberry picking farm with a great vibe! The staff is welcoming. And everyone who is picking is in such a good mood that you can’t help but feel happy to be there.
    My daughter didn’t really know what to do in 2010, but this year she was totally into it (2 1/2)! She was picking the red & juicy strawberries and placing them into the bucket as she counted them.

    We went to the Fun Farm afterwards. I had a ticket that gave us one free entry (check the free parenting magazines & newspapers) so we only paid for one entry. Each person is $6 regardless of age.

    The fun farm has a big sand pit with tons of toys. They have a few farm animals (ducks, chickens, a horse, a calf) and you can even touch them if you’re lucky! They have a little race track with tractors – it’s so cute! There are also some horse swings made out of old tractor tires – but they are of older kids. Milk the cows too The tree house is our favourite: we love the slide there! You can take a wagon ride & watch a chicken show. It’s perfect for toddlers & pre-schoolers. I love this place!

    Not so Much/ Suggestions for Improvement:

    They don’t supply the little take out stand with enough food. Everytime we’ve been there (4 times) they are out of food. So be sure to bring your own.

    Quick Tips for Others:

    There is no entry fee to go pick strawberries (even if you may see signs that say so on the ride to the picking area).

    Free parking.

    Don’t forget to bring a wide brim hat to protect from the sun when picking in the open field (no shade). Also bring water.

    Bring your own picking bucket if you don’t want to pay $3 for one once you get there. (We bought one the 1st year and used it every year & write the date we go picking on it every year – a nice new family tradition)

    Our bucket full cost us $22

    Again, I can’t stress enough: bring your own food.

    Additional Ratings:
    - Amenities: 4.5/5
    - Value: 5/5

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  4. Tanuja Rao (Reviews: 6) says:
    Rating:
    Child's Age: 4 years
    Recommend?: Hmmmm
    Date of Visit: couple of times

    Activities We Did:

    Went on the wagon ride, played in the play yard. Went through the corn maze.

    Good to Go!:

    Not a whole lot to do compared to some other farms we have been to. Hardly many animals to see.

    Quick Tips for Others:

    The city parent and Todays parent magazines have coupons every month of 1 free admission which makes it worth it.

    Additional Ratings:
    - Amenities: 4/5
    - Value: 5/5

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  5. Melanie (*Sizzling Hot* OTG Parent - Reviews: 64) says:
    Rating:
    Children's Ages: 28 months; 6 months
    Date of Visit: July 2011

    Activities We Did:

    Strawberry picking, paid for the Fun Farm Yard play area – saw some farm animals, tried the treehouse and other play house, bouncy castle and sand pit play area.

    Good to Go!:

    - My daughter had a good time picking strawberries! I held out the strawberries for her and she plucked them off the stem and dropped them into the bucket. BTW, the pick-your-own part is free- you only pay admission for the Fun Farm Yard. (Having said that, blueberry bushes are much better for kids to pick and easier on your back!)
    - My daughter liked the toddler sand pit. There were trucks, shovels and a couple of plastic play houses. However, I could have taken her to the Beaches or some sandy playground and brought some toys for the same level of entertainment and at no cost.

    Not so Much/ Suggestions for Improvement:

    - I expected more and better farm activities for a toddler since we paid full price for my 2 year-old!
    - The playhouses (tree fort and climber with spiral slide) are cool but not toddler sized. It’s also hard to accompany a child on the climber because the walkways are too narrow;
    - There were big kids in the bouncer which is intimidating for a young one;
    - I thought the pedal tractors might be a hit but my daughter couldn’t even reach the pedals;
    - The animal farm is very, very small. We saw some ducks, a calf and one goat. That was it. Chudleigh’s Farm has more animals and a bigger and nicer setup. Click here for my earlier post on Chudleigh’s- http://melanieotg.ca/m/blog-kids-activities/farms/chudleighs-farm/.
    - The Fun Farm Yard is bordering Steeles Avenue, so for me, it really takes away from the feeling that I’m away from the City and enjoying some fresh country air!
    - The toilets are all port-o-toilets. The best ones are where the birthday party facility is, across from the animal farm and pedal tractor area. There’s a wheelchair stall that’s nice and roomy if you need to help your child go, and it has a standard baby changing station that folds down from the wall.
    - I found the market pricey- for e.g. $11 for a large pie and $8 for a small one!

    Additional Ratings:
    - Amenities: 2.5/5
    - Value: 1/5

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