Our family has farmed the original part of Fruition Berry Farm, consisting of approximately 140 acres, since it’s purchase in 2003. The neighboring piece of property was purchased a year later providing a house, barn and another 100 acres enabling us to have enough land to grow our own wheat that could provide the straw for the strawberries. We opened the pick-your-own operation to the public in 2006. Late in 2011, we added another 17 acres to the plot and approx. 5 acres of that has already been planted to maple trees with the hope of a maple syrup operation for our children to operate in their future.
Ken grew up farming with his two sisters and parents Phil and Ruth on their farm in Napanee (www.paulridgeberryfarm.com). Phil and Ruth instilled a love of the land and appreciation for the farming lifestyle in Ken. The semester before he graduated from University with a degree in English, Ken returned home for Christmas break and purchased his first farm.
Christine grew up in the city of Oshawa and never in her wildest dreams thought she would marry a farmer. Although Christine graduated from St. Lawrence College with a business diploma, fate, (a.k.a a mutual matchmaking friend) intervened and the rest is history.
After being married in December 2000, two beautiful children and the acquisition of nearly 270 acres of land, our dreams are starting to come to fruition. (pun intended)
It is not possible to imagine operating this farm without the generous love and support of our families and good friends. As each year passes, we are learning and growing.
Our goal is to keep our distribution to on our farm and local markets. We think of our farm in terms of our family and a quality way of life. We look forward to sharing our passion for farming, family and good food with you and yours.
Ken, Christine, Grant and Lilly Paul