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Day around Chatham-Kent
Parks Blueberries

Arrived in Ridgetown and picked up our next guide for the area.  As we didn't manage to get of the bus all I could do was try to take some pictures from inside but they didn't really work out.  Essentially Ridgetown has a lot of very old buildings back into the early 1800's. They also have a fine Agricultural college that is part of the University of Guelph and is attracting an increasing number of students.

There are a couple of web sites to get more information on the Ridgetown area:

It was then onto Parks Blueberries where were met by the owner who provided us with some wee blueberry snacks and a glass of iced tea which were very welcome.

Here are the owners and I was very pleased to be given a complimentary blueberry pie to try out. Unfortunately it fell onto the floor in the bus so I wasn't able to show you the complete product but I did enjoy a slice when I got home...

and you'll note no sugar but err.. yes that is cream on the pie <gulp>

browsing the tremendous selection of products and I did buy a little jar of blueberry jam
and a blueberry poppyseed dressing

We also got a wee talk about blueberries

They draw water from the local river each night to water the plants. You'll note the heavy cables along the field... well contained within black plastic are netting which next week they will pull over the fields to protect the berries from the birds.

You can visit their web site at

I also picked up a brochure about their store and operation and here it is for you to read here...

And here is an article about Blueberries

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