Holland Marsh, OntarioAren't the rows of various greens pretty? Stripes of vegetables.
Just WEST of East Gwillimbury is a town called...ummm, can you guess?
Yep, West Gwillimbury. A large portion of WG just south of Lake Simcoe is floodplain known as the Holland Marsh. And as you can see, it's flat, very flat. What you can't see is the soil, which is fertile peat moss called muck soil.
Muck is what was left after the marsh was drained in the late 1920s and early 1930s to create farmland. Farmers still have to control the water table. Driving along Canal Road, pumps are clearly visible. OnionsIf I were willing to limit my food intake to carrots, onions, lettuce, potatoes, celery, parsnips, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, tomatoes and cucumbers, I could easily foods within a 100-mile radius of my home.