We have taken a different tack at Indian Creek Orchard Gardens. In an effort to create as bio-diverse an ecosystem as possible we have adopted a polyculture agroforestry approach to the orchard layout. Our orchard rows are intercropped with vegetables, berrys, grape vines and swaths of wild pasture. Within the rows we have mixed different varieties of apple, pear, asian pear, plum and hazel trees. This makes our orchard more resilient to the onset of pest or disease as there are natural partitions that result from this layout. An apple disease or pest will have leap 3 or 4 trees before it finds another apple tree to spread to. When problems do occur they are isolated, giving us more time to consider and react with an appropriate intervention.

This orchard layout also allows us to use our land more efficiently. Creating vertical layers allows a considerably denser planting than would otherwise be possible. And finally, the diversity that exists within this structure gives habitat to a much wider range of animal and insect life, much of it beneficial. The orchard is also arranged by harvest date, with the earliest varieties ripening in the east and the late varieties ripening in the west. This allows for a systematic harvest within an otherwise somewhat chaotic scheme.

At Indian Creek Orchard Gardens, you won’t see many of the varieties you see in the supermarket.

Rather than attempting to duplicate what so many others are already doing, we thought it would be more interesting to focus on the niches and hidden opportunities that have been overlooked by mainstream agricultural producers. So, we have sought out heritage varieties of fruit trees, apples, pears and plums. These heritage varieties were the favourites of our ancestors, reverred for their unique and rich flavours as well as for their ability to naturally withstand pests and disease. We have currated a collection of berry fruit that cannot be found in any supermarket.

In the orchard you will find the following:



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Apple cultivars

Akane, Ashmeads Kernal, Black Oxford, Bottle Greening, Coles Quince, Crimson Crisp, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Duchess, Empire, Esopus Spitzberg, Freedom, Galarina, Glowing Heart, Irish Peach, Jefferies, Jennavieve, Jonafree, Kentish Filabasket, Lady, Liberty, Macfree, Murray, Muskadette de Dieppe, Novamac, Primavera, Pristine, Red Astrachan, Red Gravenstein, Shawnee, Shiawassee, Snow, Strawberry Pippin, Swaar, Sweet Sixteen, Vista Bella, Waegner, Wealthy, Williams Pride, Winesap, Winter Banana, Wolf River, Yellow Bellflower, Yellow Transparent.

Asian Pear Cultivars:

Kenko, Shinko, Shinseiki

Pear Cultivars:

Doyenne de Comice, Golden Spice, Harrow Bounty, Harrow Crisp, Magness, Moonglow, Northbrite, Orca

Plum Cultivars:

Black Ice, Bluebyrd, Brooke Red, Gold Star, New York, Red Star, Superior, Toka, Yellow Egg

Grapes:

Aldima, Prarire Star, Sabrevoix, Somerset

Bush Fruits:

Blackberrys, Black Currants (Titainia and Ben Sarek), Gooseberrys (Black Velvet, Captivator, Invicta, Pixwell and Poorman), Haskaps (Aurora, Borealis, Russian, Zouluska), Raspberrys (Black Jewel), Sasktoons (Honeywell, Smokey)

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Directions

#919 Sugarbush Road
RR#1 Pakenham, Ontario
(613) 914-7444

From Hwy 29, turn south on Cedarhill Sideroad, turn right at the T. We are on the shores of the Indian Creek. If you cross the bridge you have gone too far.

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Farm Stand

Wednesday: noon – 8pm
Thursday: noon – 8pm
Friday: noon – 8pm
Saturday: 2pm – 6pm
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Farmers Market

Carleton Place Farmers Market
Market Square
Corner of Beckwith and Lake Avenue
Carleton Place, Ontario

Saturdays: 8:30 to 12:30