The Girl Next Door
Katie Holmes, Suri spotted berry picking in Markham
By Debra Black
Katie Holmes, actor and wife of Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise, was spotted at Whittamores Farm, in Markham this weekend.
Her arms were full, laden with a bag containing fresh fruit pies and, of course, her 4-year-old Suri.
Holmes, who is here making a TV mini-series on "The Kennedys," took her daughter berry picking around 3:30 Sunday afternoon.
But the pair didnt stay long, said Taylor Whittamore, who is the supervisor at Whittamores Farm, which claims to have the largest farmers market and pick-your-own farm in Ontario.
Holmes driver and security guard later told staff at Whittamores that Suri had become cranky while out in the field picking.
The mother and daughter, decked out casually, only picked $1.14 worth of strawberries before they headed back to their car.
Holmes was wearing a checked shirt, skinny jeans and brown biker-style boots. Suri was shoeless, wearing a pink dress.
Holmes, whose husband Cruise is promoting his movie "Knight and Day," was apparently anxious to get back to the car because she didnt want to be recognized and appeared to have forgotten to pay for the strawberries she and her daughter picked.
Staff from Whittamores had to chase after them for the money, Taylor said. But it was soon clear that they had intended to send the driver or security guard back to pay. And indeed, the driver came back in a black Escalade and paid.
Initially, some of the staff wasnt sure it was Holmes and Suri when the mother and daughter first arrived.
They thought maybe it was her, but then didnt think it could actually be her.
It was very exciting, said Taylor, who asked if she could take a picture of Holmes and Suri. The request, however, was denied. But a paparazzi photographer captured their picture as she left Whittamores Farm.
We havent had anything like that happen ever, Taylor said. It was a blur.
Later Holmes and Suri stopped at the Whittamores Farm market where they bought some more goodies. Holmes bought a couple of fresh fruit pies, including a strawberry pie, as well as a cup of strawberry ice cream.
Holmes spent some time wandering around the store, looking at the fresh produce, said Suzanne Whittamore, who runs the farmers market. She came into the market and purchased strawberry ice cream for Suri. She browsed around the store and she picked up a couple of pies.
Suzanne said she kept to herself while she was in the market. She didnt look at anybody directly. She had a bodyguard with her.
Holmes was maybe in the store for about 10 minutes Suzanne said. And while the cashier who cashed her out didnt recognize her, everyone else in the store did but left her alone.
Holmes and Suri left after that, missing the childrens play area and the animated singing chicken show thats on offer.
Earlier in the weekend Holmes was spotted at a restaurant on Baldwin St.
Holmes is playing Jacqueline Kennedy in the History Channels mini-series "The Kennedys." Jackie Kennedy, considered one of the most stylish women in the world, eventually married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis after her first husband, U.S. President John Kennedy, was assassinated.