Windsor·Pinto on Food

Raymont's Berries: more than a century of strawberry fields

Jonathan Pinto heads into the field with Brad Raymont of Raymont's Berries in Cottam.

Windsor Morning's Jonathan Pinto heads into the field with Brad Raymont of Raymont's Berries in Cottam

In the field with Brad Raymont

6 years ago
Duration 1:01
Jonathan Pinto gets a berry update with Brad Raymont from Raymont's Berries in Cottam, Ont.

The Downtown Windsor Farmers' Market starts up for the season tomorrow, May 27. It's one of my favourite days of the year.

So for this week's story, I decided to speak to a vendor that is both old and new.

Reinsborough acknowledges that eating well is directly related to how much money is available for spendig on groceries. “When your pocket book is strained you’re vulnerable to so many effects but all of us need support in being able to make sure that not just that we’re gettign enough food but its good quality healthy food." (Jonathan Pinto/CBC)

Raymont's Berries in Cottam is a relatively new addition to the downtown market — they joined last season.

But that doesn't mean they're a new venture; far from it. Brad Raymont's family has been growing berries in Essex County for more than a century.

Tap on the audio player to learn more.

The main berry field. Brad Raymont estimates his farm produces 15 - 18 tonnes of strawberries every year. (Jonathan Pinto/CBC)
Some of the berries are grown under tunnels, which help manage extreme rain and sun. (Jonathan Pinto/CBC)
Young strawberry plants in Raymont's test field. (Jonathan Pinto/CBC)
Raymont's Berries is located at 445E County Road 14 in Cottam, a community of Kingsville. (Jonathan Pinto/CBC)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jonathan Pinto is the host of Up North, CBC Radio One's regional afternoon show for Northern Ontario and is based in Sudbury. He was formerly a reporter/editor and an associate producer at CBC Windsor. Email jonathan.pinto@cbc.ca.

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