Welcome to the     Acorn Creek Garden Farm

Who Are We? What Do We Do?

Acorn Creek Garden Farm is a thriving market gardening business owned by Andy and Cindy Terauds in Carp, Ontario, Canada. The business produces a wide selection of tasty fruits and vegetables freshly picked from the fields for sale or for customers to pick themselves. The farm also produces and sells vegetable plants and flowering plants - both annuals and perennials, including herbs, for the home and garden. Also available is a wide variety of top quality gourmet preserves from Naturally Cindy's country kitchen. Flavorful fresh frozen or dried products hand picked from the fields are also available.

We grow over 2,000 varieties of fruits and vegetables. The varieties include:
- 200 Varieties of Picked Fruits and Vegetables
- 800 Varieties of Field & Greenhouse
      Fruits and Vegetables
- 37 Varieties of Herbs in the Field
- 160 Varieties of Vegetable Transplants for Sale

Andy and Cindy Picking Watermelon

The owners of Acorn Creek would like to invite you to browse the web site to see the wide variety of high quality of garden produce on sale. Also feel free to add comments to the guest book or email us directly if you have any questions. Also, if you wish to order over the phone for pickup, please refer to pickup orders item in the menu above.

For further information about Acorn Creek, please refer to the following pages:
Brief Biography of Cindy and Andy Terauds - Below
Map with Directions to Acorn Creek
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please feel free to sign our guestbook, contact us or view our recipes page below.
We Appreciate Your Feedback. Please Feel Free to Provide Comments in our Guest Book

Hours of Operation and Other Information About Our Business Including Our E-Mail
Favorite Recipes From our Recipe Book

We Have Organized Some of Our Favorite Photos Into an Album.
Click Here to Access The Acorn Creek Photo Album.

A Brief Bio of the Owners of Acorn Creek: Andy and Cindy Terauds

Cindy and Andy Terauds are the owners of the Acorn Creek Garden Farm.  Each graduated with an honors degree in Agriculture from Macdonald College of McGill University. The idea of creating and operating a garden farm goes back to Cindy's childhood when, at the of six, she convinced her father to invest in a little garden where she grew fruits and vegetables and sold them to the public. Her childhood dream was to own a garden farm growing fruits and vegetables for sale to the public. By 1976, Cindy and Andy had married and were ready to begin building their dream farm.

Acorn Creek Garden Farm began operations in the fall of 1978 on 100 acres near the village of Carp in the Ottawa River Valley in Ontario, near Ottawa and Kanata. The farm was carefully selected because of it's rich clay-loam soil and the ground fed creek running through it year round. The heavy soil grows better tasting produce and the stream is used to irrigate the farm.

The first crop of produce offered to the public was strawberries. (Strawberries are still one of the most popular crops for customers who want to pick their own fruits.) The variety (and quality) of fruits and vegetables continued to increase as Andy and Cindy researched and experimented with new varieties. The strawberry garden grew to about 6 acres and the demand for vegetables has doubled each year. Today, the farm grows 60 crops, consisting of 750 varieties of fruits and vegetables.

Two greenhouses were added in 1986. Another greenhouse dedicated to tomatoes was added in 1999. Still another was added in 2001. Acorn Creek now produces a wide variety of bedding plants including: 900 varieties of vegetables, 150 varieties of herbs (25 varieties of basil alone), 50 varieties of melons as well as annuals and perennials for customers who love flowers.

Acorn Creek would not have prospered without almost constant innovation. In 1983, for example, Andy began experimenting with growing new varieties of melons, specifically trying several scientifically developed methods and adopting them to our northern conditions. Since melons are a southern crop, they need a lot of heat. The best combination of techniques developed include planting small transplants from the greenhouse through a special plastic to give the little transplants plenty of food and moisture. Melons which normally mature in 90 days can be ripened in as little as 75 days. But the most important criteria for selecting among the varieties was exceptional taste.

Andy has participated in the Carp Farmer's Market since it was started in 1990 both as a vendor selling fruits and vegetables on Saturdays throughout the summer as well as serving on the executive of the Board of Carp Farmers' Market.

Andy and Cindy welcome visitors to the farm where they are greeted by Allicat and Oscars, two very friendly cats.

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