Twin Rivers Farm First Berry Season

Twin Rivers Farm First Berry Season

Flood’s Berry Farm in Little Rapids was sold over the winter. Ryan and Cassie Whitehead along with their 3 children are the new occupants and owners of the farm they’ve renamed Twin Rivers Farm.

Twin Rivers Farm First Berry Season

We had a chance to meet Ryan in the berry shed, where the sweet smell of ripe berries awaiting pick up was incredible, and something you just don’t get in the produce isle at the grocery store.

Ryan said, “Things are going great for their first season. We were a bit worried with all the rain and cool weather earlier, but had a record day on Saturday, selling 2500 lbs of berries.

Ryan and Cassie have returned to Thessalon and purchased the berry farm after spending 4 years in Muskoka. Ryan said, “We just wanted to spend more time together as a family. I worked long hours in construction, building cottages for some of the richest people in the world, but felt that I was missing out on quality time with my family.”

The farm is also very busy in the summer, and they have to work long hours, but after the 6 week rush is over, they look forward to the off season, when they can maybe take a family trip and do something fun together.

Dad says, “The kids have adapted well to the move and changes this year”,  but what kid wouldn’t with a puppy, goats, chickens and rabbits in the barnyard.

Twin Rivers Farm First Berry Season

Ryan and Cassie are lucky to have family in the area that have helped out with their new venture. Also, the previous owner, Jeff Flood, has stayed on for a year to mentor the couple and teach them how to operate the farm.

Flood’s Christmas tree operation was purchased separately by Penokean Hills Farms, who are also leasing 20 acres from Twin Rivers Farm this year, to grow feed for their cattle.

Twin Rivers Farm First Berry Season

The berries are never sold as day old, so they really appreciate an order in advance if you’re looking to purchase pre-picked berries. Ryan says, "It is a challenge to find a balance between trying to not waste berries and not disappoint customers who show up looking to purchase picked berries." Of course, there is always the option to pick your own berries for a better price, and many people were in the fields doing that, the day we visited the farm.

Twin Rivers Farm is now open 8am-8pm Monday-Saturday and 1-6pm on Sundays. Please call (705) 842-3925 or message on Facebook page to place your order and check on availability of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.