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Rural on the Ridge — Part 1

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

“Steeltown” Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) is best known for its industry, but beyond nuts and bolts the city has an unexpected rural upside too. As the Niagara escarpment wends toward its masterpiece waterfall it passes by Hamilton, gifting a lovely wooded and agricultural earthscape. Autumn harvest is an ideal time to discover the area attractions.

Part 1 — PARADISE FIELDS 289 Golf Club Road, Binbrook, ON 289-522-0202

Farm Store Hours: Sundays: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Mondays to Thursdays: 11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. Fridays: 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Sampling ripe cherry tomatoes

Former contractor Mario Roque, 76, (below) is the active hands-on owner of Paradise Fields, an organic farm with a holistic extension of wellness courses and retreats. At an age when most people have retired, Mario is a pretty good role model for promoting the concept that food should heal, not harm. Garden of Eden goodness is the mantra.

Paradise Fields owner Mario Roque

General Manager Alain Mugisha greeted us on the shop terrace

Alain Mugisha, General Manager of Paradise Fields

Garden shop and terrace

Microgreen Manager Julian Hall trims wheat grass

We found Microgreen Manager Julian Hall busy trimming wheat grass

Paradise Fields apple orchard

Orchards have a variety of fruit and vegetables, sprayed with organic pesticides. Apple picking by the public began in September!

Trees at Paradise Fields

The extensive walkable landscape is a mix of plantings and forest.

Forest area at Paradise Fields

Picnic tables are available to enjoy edibles by the garden shop

Picnic tables and umbrellas

Nice (reusable) bags!

Reusable shopping bags

Exactly where is Paradise Fields?

Paradise Fields location map

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