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Riverbend Orchards

FARMERS: Phillip Ronald
LOCATION: 100 Old Bridge Road (Portage la Prairie)
PHONE #: (204) 870-1140
EMAIL: riverbend@mymts.net
WEBSITE: www.riverbendorchards.ca

FARM BIO

Riverbend Orchards Inc. was founded in spring of 2009 when Philip and Karen Ronald purchased Linden’s B B Farm, founded by the late Bill Linden and his wife Marie. The Ronald’s and their children have continued the tradition of providing locally grown fruit for consumers in the central plains region of Manitoba. Riverbend Orchards is also a licensed propagator of haskap cultivars developed at the University of Saskatchewan.

The orchards are planted on 20 acres of fertile, river bottom soil at the south side of Portage la Prairie. We are conveniently located at 100 Old Bridge Road within city limits. Most of the property consists of a triangular shaped acreage bordered by Highway 240 to the east, George Lake to the west and the Trans Canada highway to the north. George Lake is a part of Garrioch Creek which drains Crescent Lake into the Assiniboine River.

Each year picking commences in early July with saskatoons, gooseberries in mid-July, followed by raspberries in late July and August. Plums and apples are expected in late August. Customers can choose to pick their own fruit or buy pre-picked fruit from our coolers. Pre-picked saskatoons and raspberries are available fresh for several weeks in the summer and frozen for a longer period into the fall.

FARM PRODUCTS

PRODUCT PRACTICES PURCHASING PRICES
Apples
  • September
  • Wholesale available
  • Pre-pick
Aronia
  • mid-August
  • Pre-pick
Cherries
  • July 20
  • Wholesale available
  • Pre-pick
  • U-pick
Cranberries
  • late August
  • Wholesale available
  • Pre-pick
  • U-pick
Gooseberries
  • July 10
  • Wholesale available
  • Pre-pick
  • U-pick
Haskaps
  • June 19
  • Wholesale available
  • Pre-pick
  • U-pick
Jams and jellies
  • spring and summer
  • Farm gate
Aronia-rhubarb jam, haskap jam
Raspberries
  • July 10
  • Pre-pick
  • U-pick
Rhubarb
  • June 5
  • Wholesale available
  • Pre-pick
  • U-pick
Saskatoons
  • July 10
  • Pre-pick
  • U-pick
Trees and shrubs
  • spring and summer
  • Wholesale available
  • Farm gate
Haskap, gooseberry and cherry plants for sale
 

Hours

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Afternoon              
Evening              

Open Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM until July 22.

ASSOCIATIONS

Prairie Fruit Growers Association

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Aronia-rhubarb jam - perfect for Christmas gift baskets

Aronia is considered by many to be the next "superfruit" having outstanding levels of anti-oxidants and nutraceuticals.

Riverbend's Aronia-rhubarb jam is made by Paulette Crampton of Starbuck, Manitoba from local fruit.

Case of 12 250 ml jars - regular $72 - now $50

Winnipeg Free Press profile on Riverbend Orchards

Thanks to Joe Bryksa for braving the heat to come out and take some fantastic photos around our farm. View the article and photo collection at: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/multimedia/fp-slideshow/fruits-of-their-labour-435472453.html

Honeyberry (Haskap) plants - "Grower-direct"

The BLUEberry for the prairies. Honeyberry plants available for spring planting. Cultivars include Borealis, Tundra and Aurora.
2 year-old plants @ $8 each - minimum order of 5