Holland Marsh, May 23, 2010
This is a holiday weekend in Ontario - Victoria Day is today - a weekend when many of us travel to visit relatives in distant places. My husband and I were away too, and returning late yesterday I was struck by the flatness of the Holland Marsh, sometimes referred to as Ontario's "vegetable patch" because of it's rich muck soil.
The Holland Marsh is farmland located 50 kilometers north of Toronto, an area that was drained in the late 1920's and first worked by 18 families from the Netherlands. That sounds like the reason this farmland is called the Holland Marsh...but it's not. The area takes it's name from an early land surveyor named Samuel Holland.
NOT the Holland Marsh
In contrast, much of the area that surrounds the marsh is hilly with farms that grow wheat, field corn, other grains and potatoes.
Yes, the Holland Marsh
Today, the produce grown on the Holland Marsh include carrots, lettuce, cabbage, celery, beets, cauliflower, and some Asian vegetables. And tomatoes, cucumbers and commercial flowers grow inside greenhouses.
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