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Fleetwood Farms Retires after 87 years in the Hamilton Farmers’ Market

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 will be a day to mark in the record books at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. Two weeks earlier, Cheryl Berry from Fleetwood Farms announced her retirement and that Saturday will be her last day in the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. A bittersweet announcement for both Cheryl, her outstanding loyal Market customers, and the Market vendor community. 

Hamilton Councillor, Robert Pasuta & Cheryl Berry of Fleetwood Farms

Cheryl was always present in the Market on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s. She was known for being extremely friendly & helpful to all customers. She radiated a pride for the produce she was selling and could recommend the most flavourful apples during each season. You’d often see Cheryl remembering regular customers’ purchases & suggesting other choices as well. Her passion for her products will be hard to replace. Chris would be working behind the scenes, harvesting all the freshest products for the Market customers back at the family farm in Harley, Ontario (part of Brant County). 

After the announcement of Fleetwood Farms retirement, the Hamilton Farmers’ Market vendor community rallied together to send Cheryl off in style. At 4:00pm on Cheryl’s last market day, the vendor community, members of the community gathered to toast Fleetwood Farms and thank them for being part of the Market for 87 years. Hamilton Councillor, Robert Pasuta started the celebration by sharing his memories of Fleetwood over the years. Cheryl was then presented with an over sized retirement card full of best wishes from the vendor community, Market staff & Market Board members. 

The Hamilton Farmers’ Market wish Chris & Cheryl Berry all the best in their retirement, and thank them for their 87 years of farming with us.

Fleetwood Farms has been a part of the Hamilton Farmers’ Market since 1930. That’s 87 years of farming, and harvesting fruits & vegetables for Fleetwoods faithful market customers. Chris & Cheryl Berry (husband & wife) are the third generation of farmers for Fleetwood Farms. They have decided to retire from the Market to let their children move forward with alternative career choices other than continuing the family farm.