Meet the McKay’s
Rod is the “real deal”. Having been raised on a hobby farm and attending University of Guelph in Agriculture, he started harvesting cash crops and raising dairy cattle. Rod started the farm with nothing, gradually adding to his herd. Eventually, he added strawberries and then other produce to his list of farming accomplishments. When he sold his dairy herd, he continued raising cows for beef. He is the ultimate animal lover — treating all living things with respect and dignity. Not only does Rod grow over 30 different crops on approximately 600 acres, he grows them to be the tastiest and freshest produce ever. Ok, maybe a little dramatic but we are biased! He drives a tractor with finesse, and loves getting out onto the land every day.
Marlene grew up in a rural area of Ontario, raised on a strawberry and vegetable farm. Working alongside her father in the fields, she developed an intense desire to work hard and naturally, a love for strawberries. After meeting the love of her life, Rod McKay, and moving to his farm in Port Perry, she started selling strawberries on the side of the road. When introduced to farmer’s markets, Marlene found her second passion. She loved creating lasting relationships with her customers, fellow colleagues, and using her quirky sense of humour to entertain all those around her. Her astute business sense and love for farming resulted in a bustling, beautiful farm business that now supports three families. As much as she was dedicated to being a farmer, her love for her family always came first. She is testament to a life fully lived, never a dull moment, and always ready to have a laugh.
Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.
Having grown up on Willowtree Farm, Jordan is no stranger to farm life. When he graduated high school, Jordan left the farm to attend university to study Agricultural Business.
Afterwards, he pursued his skiing career, living all over the world including Australia and Japan. But when he got the call that help was needed on the farm, he immediately came home. Jordan stepped right in alongside his mom, managing the retail side of the business. He inherited his mom’s passion for selling produce at farmer’s markets.
He’s always on the move – catch him if you can. No day is ever the same for Jordan, juggling all the daily tasks associated with the family business.
Alex grew up on the farm, and thus began a love for nature and “living off the land”. Alex, like his brother, went off to university. After graduating, he returned home with his wife, Kelty, in tow.
With his background in Environmental Science, and his love of growing things, Alex naturally joined his father, Rod, in the fields.
Al’s love for the outdoors and innovation has helped to bring new products to the farm, such as garlic, potatoes, maple syrup, and others.
Kelty was raised in London, Ontario. Not having grown up on a farm, when Alex asked her to follow him to work and live on his family farm, she didn’t know quite was she was getting herself into. That being said, she had many of the same interests as Alex. Kelty fit right into the folds of the farm. She started working in the farm store and going to farmer’s markets. Through the years, she has assumed greater responsibilities, which include a mix of field and retail work. Kelty loves keeping the public and our customers up-to-date on all the daily goings-on of the farm.
Alyson was raised in Michigan, having no farming background. She attended university and traveled the world.
Fate stepped in, and introduced Alyson to Jordan McKay. Love works in mysterious ways and very shortly afterwards, Alyson found herself living on the farm and married to a farmer.
While having her own career, Alyson attended a few farmer’s markets as a volunteer, and now Alyson can be found working full-time job on the farm.
She can be found in the market helping customers and adding style to the store.
The newest addition to the family is Ian McKay. Ian was born in January 2015. Ian has already been working hard on the farm serving customers in the farm store and at farmer’s markets. He has attended conferences, picked brussel sprouts, collected maple syrup, harvested crops in the tractor, and a host of other farm duties. But most of all, he has given wide smiles to many staff and customers alike, brightening up the environment wherever he goes.
Winnie, Blue, Pepita, Vin, Charlie, Minnie, Monkey, and Jag
Last but not least, we would like to introduce all the furry family members that reside on this farm.