Stroud Farms is a 2nd generation business and owns over
270 acres on the north side of Taunton Road in Ajax-Whitby
where they operate their main store location. A roadside
market is located just west of Lakeridge Road on the south
side of Kingston Road in Ajax. Our markets open right
after the July 1st holiday weekend and close in early
Are Open From 9:00 A.M To 7:00 P.M. 7 Days A Week until
Many customers that visit either of these locations began
buying our fresh fruits and vegetables from us back in
the 1960's when we operated a store in Pickering on Kingston
Road west of Whites Road.
Len Stroud is the managing partner of Stroud Farms. His
concept of direct-to-the-public fresh locally grown produce
has grown to be extremely popular.
Everything we grow on the farm is for sale at our market
sweet corn, apples, pears, pumpkins, tomatoes.
Its amazing how many people want to buy from the
Foodland Ontario is talking about the miles traveled with
And theres zero food miles to consider when you
buy where its grown.
able to pick our tomatoes ripe and sell them rather than picking them green to
ship. The taste, its altogether different. A tomato thats picked on
the green side will ripen, but you dont get the same flavour as a tomato
thats been ripened on the vine.
of course corn, the sooner you can cook it, the better it is. It starts to lose
some of its sugar content from the time you pick it. Buy corn from a grocery store
today, it had to have been picked yesterday -- its already at least 24 hours
why we pick every day. We have a number of people who will be waiting at the farm
for us to come in with the corn in the morning. And thats nice I
say, Oh youve got the best corn. You grow such lovely
tomatoes. Your potatoes are the only ones I want. Nothing ups
your ego like hearing that. Its those things that keep you wanting to farm.
appreciate the customers who patronize the farmers markets and roadside
stands. All of the farms that are selling on the roadside are the same
theyre growing stuff there, offering it to the public, trying to cut the
middleman out and increase the quality of produce the consumer purchases on any
Farmers are pretty happy to have people buying like that.