Martintown celebrates delicious cause

Alycia Douglass
Martintown celebrates delicious cause
The ladies of the MMPS were busy whipping up strawberry shortcakes at this year's Strawberry Festival. (Alycia Douglass/TC Media)

MARTINTOWN, Ontario – It was a delicious sight at the Martintown Mill’s annual Strawberry Festival this Saturday, June 24.

With the heavy rains subsiding for the day’s activities, patrons enjoyed a selection of fresh-picked local strawberries, a farmers’ market, and musical entertainment. Set to the scenic backdrop of the Martintown Mill, all proceeds raised at the event will directly benefit the Martintown Mill Preservation Society (MMPS)

The event has been a longstanding tradition in Martintown, and MMPS President, John Smith says that it’s a great way to kick off the summer.

“It’s actually been our biggest Strawberry Festival to date,” said Smith. “I know that I’ve already made three trips to Cornwall because we’ve run out of strawberries.”

Smith says that he credits much of the event’s success to the country’s 150th birthday celebrations, and people wanting to ‘return to their roots.’

For the first time this year, the event featured live musical performances, which Smith says makes it more community-minded. Also featuring the strawberry shortcake that put South Glengarry on the map, every sweet tooth was satiated during the event.

“The ladies have been very busy today,” laughed Smith.

Smith says that the community has been instrumental in the preservation of the Martintown Mill, and involvement has been growing.

“This is probably our biggest fundraising event,” said Smith. “We’re hoping to eventually open up the mill’s basement space for entertainment purposes.”

The Martintown Mill depends on the support of their community to take care of the maintenance and repair of the building.

Share this article