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A Welcome Taste of Sunshine

Written by Bernadette Antoniou Monday, December 10, 2018

lemonsLuscious Lemons! 

We believe in supporting local first.  But there are times when this just doesn't work.  There are things we cannot grow here, and as a Canadian operation this means our growing season is comparatively short. But we are more than "just" a farm here - we also import fruits and veg that don't grow here, or are out of season.  And thank goodness for that!  We are fortunate to be able to turn to growers in warmer climates to make up for what we lack, so our selection is pretty complete. As the holidays approach, citrus fruits are particularly celebrated!  I think there are a few reasons for this: colour is something we lack on short winter days, when the landscape features whites, browns and greys, so we really love the gorgeous pops of colour citrus fruits give.  The high Vitamin C levels they are known for are a needed immune booster to us snow-dwellers (as well as...

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Traceability, Food Safety, and Knowing Your Farmer

Written by Bernadette Antoniou Friday, November 23, 2018

Pauline and Jo Slegers in a greenhouse

Recently, the safety of romaine lettuce has been called into question all across North America as the risk of E-coli contamination has been traced to its consumption.  The problem is quite widespread; people falling ill are widespread geographically, and the supply of romaine is widespread also, which makes tracing the source of contamination a very big challenge.  For more information from the Canadian and US governments, see here and here. This situation highlights the importance of traceability, and knowing where your food comes from.  Most leafy greens are out of season for us now, but...

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6 Things We Do to Reduce Food Waste

Written by Bernadette Antoniou Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Did you know that $31 billion worth of food ends up in landfills or composters each year

That is a staggering statistic. Every level of the food system has a role to play: food producers, retailers and processors, and consumers. As growers and packers, we strive to find solutions to this all the time.  Any of us here who have worked alongside Barnhild (known affectionately around here as Mutti, the matriarch of the Pfenning family) knows her views on this!  When sorting out food on the production line, she would often get upset that we would sort out what was to her perfectly good food.  Many times she would walk away in disgust, hands in the air, shouting "These people have never been hungry!"  (Sometimes she would try to sneak it back in, and someone else would have to sneak it back out...interesting workdays!)

people packing carrots

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