Williams Farm Update for August 19th

Hi, I finally have some time to get back to my weekly updates!  With rain coming (5″ early this week) we aren’t irrigating continuously and we are starting to get our weeding under control. Our vegetables have been slow coming for a few reasons: we had a weed problem at the beginning of the season […]


Williams Farm Update for July 8

Hi, Pray for rain today!  Our new pond has been a blessing with this hot, dry weather, but irrigation isn’t quite the same as a good rain. I’m planting the last of our root vegetables today: some parsnips, diakon and for fun….rutabaga! Suzanne and I were away this past week. We visited our niece in […]

Williams Farm Update for June 16

Hi, Thanks to everyone who came and bought our butter tarts at the Ontario Butter Tart Festival this year. We were sold out by 3:15. Despite the questionable weather there was a huge turnout.  The festival organizer estimates that 100,000 butter tart were sold! The Garlic Scapes are ready! For those of you not in […]


Williams Farm at the Ontario Butter Tart Festival, Saturday June 11th

Hi, We’ll be away from the Barrie Farmers’ Market this weekend because we are attending the Ontario Butter Tart Festival in Midland! If you love butter tarts, there will be thousands of them available. Plus, lots of entertainment and other interesting vendors.    We make maple butter tarts for this event and they sell out […]

Williams Farm update May 20th – Rhubarb

Hi, The spring planting rush is really underway here now.  We planted onion sets yesterday and have some onion transplants going in today.  Next week the first carrots and beets will go in.  It’s just been too cold to get started! I’ve also been working on improving our irrigation system.  We are now the proud […]

Williams Farm Update for April 22, 2016

Hi, The maple cleanup is almost done and we have started on the vegetables for 2016! Curt and I did the first rock picking and rototilling yesterday of this years carrot beds. We should be selling rocks…that seems to be what we grow best! The good news is we will be adding several new crops […]


Williams Farm Update for April 14th

Hi, The syrup season is winding down for us.  We have about 40% of our taps pulled and the evaporator is soaking. Total wood used….15 bush cords.  We only have about 10 % of a cord left. Total syrup produced…3920 litres, a new record for us! I’m already shifting gears into vegetable mode, but I’ve […]

Penelope Morrow – Barrie Through the Seasons featuring Williams Farm

BARRIE THROUGH THE SEASONS; MARCH 2016 APRIL 3, 2016 From the Barrie Farmers Market to the white washed belly of a barn but a few years younger than Canada’s confederation, John Williams of Williams Farm makes maple magic. Combining new technology with centuries of tradition he harvests the harbinger of spring, turning sap into sweet […]

Williams Farm Update for April 7th

Hi, Well, that was quite a ride!  We have finished our syrup season. There will likely be a bit more sap to be had today and early next week, but we are out of firewood and the spring peepers have spoke twice.  That’s an indication that the  next sap we get will be buddy. The […]