Pingle's Farm Market
Updated: Aug 23, 2021
Toronto - May 13th, 2021 - Remember that scenic route I told you about last week on a drive from Courtice to Bowmanville? Well the intended purpose of that route was to visit Pingle’s Farm Market. As someone who never shies away from a photo opportunity, Pingle’s was added to my list the second I saw its photos online.
Driving east down Taunton Road on a sunny afternoon, it is very hard to miss Pingle’s as you approach. To your right appears 148 acres of farmland that stretches east until you reach a traditional white pylon sign reading ‘Pingle’s Farm Market’. Beyond the sign is a small white farmhouse that looks like it was plucked out of a children’s book. As you turn right into the driveway, you are confronted with a parking lot that sits amidst a sprawling green play land, with small farm animals situated to its left, and a large barn to the right. Finding a spot in the parking lot, I parked my car, stepped outside, and immediately felt the excitement of a child in a candy store. The lot was bustling with shoppers, all of which I assume were local, and the market’s workers were putting out their newly potted selection of herbs and plants for sale. I collected myself and made my way into the white farmhouse where the market is located.
Speaking of a child in a candy store: I truly believe this is the exact feeling Pingle’s is aiming to achieve from adult shoppers. The farm market is so aesthetically pleasing with beautiful merchandising displays boasting an array of unique, locally sourced goods. In the market you will find freshly picked produce, grown locally on their farm and from their sister farm, Willowtree Farm. All of their fruits and vegetables are NON-GMO. You can also expect to find a variety of grass-fed frozen meat (sourced from Willowtree Farm), prepared frozen foods (made directly in their kitchen), ice cream, artisanal drinks, dairy products, freshly popped kettle corn, honey, maple syrup, jams and preserve, freshly baked desserts (their pies are a fan favourite), house and home items, locally made soaps, and natural cleaning products and candles.
Opened 33 years ago, Pingle’s objective was to provide shoppers with the chance to shop local, support their Canadian farmers, and get in touch with life on the farm. Although a lot has changed since then, their main goals have stayed the same. Therefore, apart from their farm grown products, the team sources many of their products locally, ensuring their selection is 100% Canadian. Because of the market approach to the farm, Pingle’s is open seven days a week. The convenience of their hours and the ease of access from major routes makes this a great destination for families and shoppers - especially for those willing to spend some time to take advantage of the amenities. On my next visit, I will definitely be grabbing a few jars of their pickled garlic scapes (an apparent must try)!
To learn more about Pingle’s Farm Market, visit their website.