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Whittamore's Farm to close its doors at end of October

Last Updated Oct 26, 2017 at 8:07 pm EDT

Whittamore’s Farm, a pick-your-own farm in Markham that has welcomed GTA families for more than 60 years, will close its doors to the public at the end of this month.

Oct. 31 is the last day the farm, a 330-acre property near the Rouge River Valley, will be open for families to visit.

In a statement earlier this year, the Whittamore family said it has no plans to close the farm itself, which has been in the family since 1804.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling… We’ve been anticipating this time for the last six months when we announced this would be our last season,” said owner Frank Whittamore.

Whittamore said he can remember directing traffic and working in the strawberry patch as a child when his parents owned the farm.

“All season long we have had great comments from our loyal customers, some who have been coming for generations, all the way back to the ’50s when my parents ran it.”

It will be business as usual right up until they close their doors. The public can still enjoy the pumpkin patch, wagon rides and a corn maze.

This weekend will be a bittersweet farewell, but as Whittamore said, “the time is right for us to make a change in our life and just to pursue some other things.”