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Searcing for Windsor Essex Farms For Sale? The Windsor Essex farming region is a peninsula located in Southwestern Ontario. Windsor borders the US city of Detroit and Canada's most southern inhabited location - Pelee Island. With shorelines on Lake St. Claire, the Detroit River, and Lake Erie, the region spans nearly 2,000 km2, and 80% of the area is used for agricultural purposes.
Shopping and supporting locals is at the forefront of the county's messaging for tourism and locals alike. The Windsor Essex region enables residents and tourists to make a conscious choice to shop local whenever possible. They do this by supporting plenty of farm-to-table restaurants that partner with local farmers, as well as providing farm maps that make farming a tourist attraction. The region is also known for building strong partnerships between farmers and chefs to bring the freshest ingredients together to amplify the benefits of shopping local to consumers.
Due to its most-southern location, Windsor Essex has the most extended growing season in Ontario. With 6.6 months, there's plenty of sunlight available for crops, fruits, and vegetables. There is a big focus in the region to preserve the healthy soil and water for continuing agricultural use and many supports available to farmers and landowners alike. There's also plenty to explore in Point Pelee National Park, home to marsh and woodland wildlife extending into Lake Erie. You can find small-town living in Essex County or all your city amenities in Windsor, including several colleges and Universities, prominent tourist attractions. Due to its proximity to the United States, residents have ample resources to succeed in agriculture here. This region offers the best of both worlds!
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The Windsor Essex region offers ample opportunity to connect farms with consumers. With farm-to-table restaurants showcasing the unique farms in the area, traditional farmers' markets with everything you need, there's plenty of opportunities to shop local!
The Downtown Windsor Farmers' Market does local right! It focuses on providing fresh produce from the area, minimizing the negative impacts of transporting food cross-country, and supporting businesses of all sizes throughout the region. Additionally, the Chef's Table offers cooking demonstrations regularly to switch up regular meals for consumers and presents shoppers with new connections to the area. Check out all the farm-to-table connection's available, as well as other year-round and seasonal farmers' markets below:
There are multiple veterinary clinics and hospitals throughout the Windsor Essex Region. For concerns for animals of all sizes, you and your farm are in good hands! See below for a list of the larger veterinary clinics and hospitals in the area:
Heavy-duty machinery, estate sales, home supplies, farm equipment, tools or vehicles – there's a variety of resources for a great find and deal in Windsor Essex. Most auctions will provide appraisal services as well. See the list below to check out a few of the auctions in the Windsor Essex region:
Located across the Detroit River in the U.S., Windsor is a waterfront city with a population of over 250,000. Windsor has many restaurants focusing on farm-to-table menus and is home to the University of Windsor and other standard amenities offered by larger cities.
Located on Lake Erie, Essex has a population of over 20,000 and is the largest area in the municipality.
With a population of over 36,000, Lakeshore is located on Lake St. Clair. It is the fastest-growing municipality in the region.
Leamington has a population of nearly 28,000. Located on Lake Erie, it spans into the southernmost point of the mainland and includes Point Pelee National Park.
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The Windsor Essex region is home to Canada's largest greenhouse growing area, with over 5,494,164 m2 under glass or plastic. The region has 1,740 operating farms, with 1,000 of those producing oilseed and grain crops. Fruit production includes apples, grapes, peaches, strawberries, and tomatoes. Additionally, the region has more than 15 wineries that are producing exceptional wine from homegrown grapes. Regional marketing consistently showcases the local agricultural industry and all that Windsor Essex farms have to offer.
The Essex County Federation of Agriculture represents 1,740 total farms throughout the Windsor Essex region. Their primary purpose is to bring up local concerns and initiatives to resolve independently and with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. The federation is a prominent promoter of shopping local. It offers agricultural education for farmers and engaging learning material for children. They also provide events to connect farmers and continue learning, growing, and improving the industry.
Unemployment has been high in recent years in Windsor Essex. Workforce Windsor Essex has been working to equip and empower jobseekers for a career in agriculture to support continued growth in the industry.
The Windsor Essex region is 80% dedicated agricultural land use. The Essex Region Conservation works hard to preserve this land for future use and keep clean water resources throughout the area. Grants are offered for farms to implement soil protection structures and improve soil health and preserve water quality. Additionally, the Essex Region Conservation Authority conducts regular monitoring reports regarding the forests, wetlands, and water resources throughout the Windsor Essex area, ensuring that preservation is maintained.
The soil in Windsor Essex has a history of being used primarily for agriculture, limiting the potential for soil contamination from other industries in the past. The soil types found include lacustrine, limestone till, lucustro-morainic, sand, and marsh. While some of these soil types drain poorly, they are suitable for growing beans, burley, corn, wheat, vegetables, and, less favourably, grapes and fruit trees.
The weather in the Windsor Essex region is arguably the warmest part of the province, with winter temperatures averaging around -7°C and rarely getting colder than -15°C. Summer temperatures average around 28°C, rarely surpassing 32°C. The average rainfall for the area ranges between 18 mm to 69 mm month over month, with an average snowfall of 124 mm in February. The longest days have roughly 15 hours 17 minutes of sunshine. The shortest days of the year in winter have just 9 hours and 5 minutes of daylight.
There are an estimated 6.6 months of the growing season from April 15 – November 2 annually. The extended growing season and favourable climate throughout the year make for an ideal location for agriculture.
The Windsor Essex area is surrounded by several water sources, including Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, and the Detroit River flowing around Windsor. For almost a decade, the water tested in the region has received a 100% rating from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). Water is primarily provided by the municipalities closer to urban centres and towns. However, some residents continue to maintain private wells that are also regularly tested.
The air quality in the region hovers between good and moderate.
Wildlife in the Windsor Essex region includes familiar species such as opossums, coyotes, rabbits, and squirrels. Since the region borders lakes and rivers, there are annual reports of insect swarms for lakeside communities. These large insect populations indicate healthy water sources, requiring ample oxygen to survive. Fish are also readily available throughout the region year-round, with Windsor Essex known as the "Walleye Capital of Canada."
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