Updated: Dec 1, 2021
Toronto - November 25, 2021 - Today, we are on to our story about stop three of six of our Vineland extravaganza. While at our second stop, Peach Country Farm Market, we noticed a colourful photo-op from across the street. Curious, of course, we crossed the street on Victoria Avenue and made our way onto the site of Bizjak Farms.
That colourful photo-op turned out to be an awesome mural painted onto the side of a truck. The truck was adjacent to a large green tent that covered the wonderful farm stand where the farm’s offerings were out for display. This farm stand is where the Bizjak family does their selling (for the most part), while their farm and fields are just minutes down the road on First Avenue. During peak season, the farm stand is open seven days a week from 9:00am to 5:30pm however they are currently closed for the season. During our visit, the stand had peaches, cherries, apricots, nectarines, plums, pears, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, and apples (all of their specialties); as well as select vegetables and preservatives.
Bizjak Farms is a multi-generational family owned business established in 1973 by Louis and Maria Bizjak. Louis and Maria came to Canada from Slovenia in 1968 making their first home in Guelph, Ontario. After working numerous jobs and learning to speak a new language, Louis and Maria felt ready to take on a new challenge. Louis always had a desire to work for himself and build a legacy for his family. In 1973 they decided to move out of the city to the rural community of Beamsville, purchasing a century home that had 14 acres planted to tender fruit. Bizjak Farms became a staple at local farmer’s markets and after 30 years of farming the land, Louis’ son, Milan Bizjak, purchased the farm in 2002 when his parents were ready to retire. Milan has worked diligently to transition the land from the more conventional approach his parents took to a more ecological, environmentally friendly, sustainable approach. In 2014 Milan had an opportunity to purchase his new farm in Vineland, and has been able to open a farm gate fruit stand and support the local community by providing fresh pick, delicious fruit.
Stay tuned for announcements about reopening of the farm stand next season! In the meantime, check out their website for more information.