About Muddy Crops
Muddy Crops popped its first tent in 2012. Originally under the name Berry Fresh we began with a 8x8 tent in the Roncesvalles Village. From slinging strawberries June-September to a 12 month business selling solely Ontario grown produce and preserves.
Ontario has a very unique micro-climate, especially in the Niagara region. Some even call it tropical. With that, we are blessed with incredibly healthy and versatile growing soil. Thankfully our farmers recognize this and enjoy playing around with funky varieties that we are more than happy to introduce to the folks of Toronto. Our fruit season is short, but we make sure it is jam packed with rare and interesting varieties of fruits and vegetables hard to find anywhere else.
Farmers are stubborn people. They also demonstrate a wide portfolio of beliefs from Apocalypse prepping to simply farming to feed themselves and their family. One thing our farmers all share is the practice of growing sustainably.
Sustainable farming, whether it be growing organically, biodynamically, regeneratively, or through the practice of integrated pest management, the goal is to maintain healthy soil for the current farm, but also for the farms of our future. Think of the farm like a snow cone: if you suck all the juice out of a snow cone you are left with a hard white snowball. All healthy produce begins with healthy soil that has been replenished and fed. If you suck all the nutrients out of the soil you will be left with the land equivalent of a hard snowball.
Most of our farmers are located in the Niagara Region. We work with a few farmers in the Holland Marsh, Markham, and Cookstown.
For more information on our farmers don't hesitate to email us! Some of our farmers wish to maintain their privacy, while others love visitors.
Farming in Ontario
We believe that a lot of food labelling can be misleading. We also believe in more than one method of farming. We let you decide what farming method works best for you and your practices.
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management is a holistic method of pest control that creates a controlled ecosystem that favours crops and deters pests. IPM manages the entire plant ecosystem by benefiting the soil, water, pollinators, beneficial insects, the farm workers, and of course the crops! IPM's goal is to reduce the reliance on pesticides and reintegrate holistic practices back into farming.
Contrary to popular belief, being organic is not just about pesticides. Organic farming was originally defined as a biodiverse, self-sustaining system that served the local community.
In a nutshell, the term "organic" really stands for a holistic system of farming. That's why, while some of our produce isn't Certified Organic, we know that all of our farms strive to embrace these principles.
Often considered the highest standard of sustainable farming, the biodynamic approach is all about land stewardship. Everything you use to grow a product must be from your land. No outside sources and a lot of manure. A LOT, of manure.
Sustainably grown food is important for our planet. It's important to give back what we take to ensure a healthy environment for the future. But if you're someone who needs the immediate relief for your actions then eating fresh is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
The most important thing about the food you eat right now is how fresh it is. As soon as fruits and vegetables are plucked from their life source they begin their decent into decay. You can think of it like a fish out of water. Eating fresh produce and knowing when it was picked is the best way to maximize the nutrients that make eating fruits and vegetables so important to your health. That's why we have fresh produce picked and delivered everyday except Sundays (most farmers spend Sunday with their families, and maybe even sleep in).