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Nature’s Farm

It’s hard to keep up with Hermann and Sheryl Grauer of Nature’s Farm, who seem to have endless energy for producing amazing food using the best local ingredients available in the province. After starting a pasta company, an omega-3 egg production and distribution facility and now a line of hearty, whole-grain granola, this couple still plans to do more innovative food projects in the future.

The Grauers began farming as egg producers in 1987 and soon began developing pasta recipes using their own eggs, which was a rare thing to do in Canada since the majority of grocery store pastas contain only wheat and a few other ingredients (usually preservatives). The pasta is made using hand-cracked eggs – 400 per batch, to be exact! – local flour and all-natural flavours using dried herbs and vegetables. The result, especially when using farm-fresh eggs like the Grauers do, is rich-tasting pasta with almost butter-like texture that comes in a long line of flavours, shapes and sizes.

Nature’s Pasta was officially launched in 1993 and soon became well-known as a top-quality product by many local chefs and food critics who also got to know the Grauers along the way. The pasta has since been featured at cooking shows and distributed to upscale restaurants across North America, but has also been made available to customers across Manitoba in stores like My Farmers Market (.com), Vic’s Fruit Market, Crampton’s Market and Vita Health stores.

REGION
East
5 Life Sciences Pkwy Steinbach, MB R5G 2G7
CONTACT
P: 204-326-5509
PRODUCTS
Grains & Legumes

Redpoll Farms

After walking around the grounds of Redpoll Farms, it is easy to envision this venture as the next outdoor destination, which is exactly what the owners Dorothy and Cliff hope it will one day become. It’s very fitting that the couple named their farm in honor of the most common bird that sticks around in winter on their property, the Redpoll bird. Forty acres of pine trees, twenty of marshland and the rest as bush make up this quaint forest-area property. A slight walk down from the garden-filled homestead gives way to a large grassy area surrounding a serene marsh. The marsh is considered an official water retention area by the Seine Rat River District, which won the couple an award for their dedication to protecting it. The picnic-perfect spot is enclosed by a long line of mixed trees that enclose the property, which extends a quarter-section out and can be explored by several winding paths leading every which way. Tucked away amidst trees are some gardens growing vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers, a beautifully-balanced mix of production and preservation.

The Freunds host a market on their farm every Friday that offers a wide variety of preserves and vegetables, all grown and processed there. The market begins mid-July and runs until mid-September. For more information, visit their website.

REGION
East
28141 Rd 35E, Sarto, MB R0A 1X0
CONTACT
P: 204-326-6222
PRODUCTS
For the Pantry
Plants & Trees
Vegetables

Almost Urban Vegetables

Located just outside of the south perimeter, Almost Urban Vegetables is now a 70-member CSA that has grown to feed over four times the number of people Marilyn and Bruce sold to when they started selling shares back in 2009. From the beginning, the couple has welcomed helpers and interns, sharing their own knowledge and farming lessons with those who want to learn more. They also raise laying hens and pastured poultry, the latter of which are fertilizing their back fields to prep them for future plantings a long-term plan already in action!

In the spring of 2006, Marilyn, Bruce, and their three sons sold their home in Kitchener, Ontario, put their favourite possessions in storage, and started a five month adventure in learning. The goal was to give the family a chance to see and learn about their own country, while developing skills and knowledge related to organic growing. The trip started with a two-week permaculture course for Marilyn, followed by an extended WWOOFing experience. This was the beginning of the next chapter of their life a fresh start with the ultimate goal of finding a home where they could grow food for their family, feel connected to a community, and turn it all into a livelihood. The family worked with and visited nearly 30 farms across Western Canada throughout a six-month period, before choosing to settle in Manitoba.

REGION
Winnipeg
3893 Pembina Hwy Winnipeg, MB R3V 1X3
CONTACT
P: 204-275-0253
PRODUCTS
CSA
For the Pantry
Meat
Vegetables

John Boy Farms

John Boy Farms is a fifth-generation family operation that has been farming in Manitoba since 1879. John and his wife Ainsley run the farm now with help from their family. They have grown many different crops over the years and today focus exclusively on garlic production.

Over the years, John has used his knowledge as an agronomist to select the best garlic varieties suited to Manitoba’s harsh climate and to develop better methods for producing garlic under Canada’s unique growing conditions. He has written a book called “The Master Guide to Growing Big Garlic”, to help other growers have better success growing their own garlic.

They sell their seed bulbs across Canada through their online store (https://garlicseed.ca/collections/all-varieties) from August until October.

If you have questions, feel free to contact them anytime. They love to talk about garlic!

REGION
Central
Ste. Agathe, Manitoba
CONTACT
P: 204-882-2751
PRODUCTS
For the Pantry
Grains & Legumes
Plants & Trees
Seeds

Phil’s Honey

Bee-keeping comes so naturally to Phil Veldhuis, it’s like he entered the world with the skills to do so. Having been born into a bee-keeping family, his talent in handling bees was nurtured at a young age and at 16 years old was already working alongside his uncle kept bees near Treesbank, which is where Phil spent most of his childhood. “I’ve been doing this basically for as long as I can walk – nieces and nephews usually get suckered into it- some stick around and others don’t.” Phil continued to shadow his uncle until he started his own venture in Starbuck, where he has been living and running his business now for over 25 years.

He sells his “ordinary delicious” honey through Bee Maid, a Canadian co-op of prairie bee-keepers, and saves his “super delicious” honey (about the top 5%) for retail sales and for selling at the St. Norbert Farmer’s Market every Saturday, where his son also often busks with his violin.

This year, Phil is maintaining 750 hives in 17 locations in the Starbuck area, although last year had been managing 30 sites. Phil manages an average of 1200 hives every year, and still plans to aim for that amount each summer, but he lost a substantial amount of colonies this past winter, the factors of which he measures by symptoms the colony exhibits. For example, if it looks like there are only drones left in a hive, Phil will take that as a sign that the queen has reduced her fertility; the largest number of cases pertain to hives where Phil said it looks like the bees have “just dwindled away” or are “scattered throughout the hive” which is abnormal for a colony. Anyone who meets Phil understands in a moment that he cares deeply about what he does, yet for him bee-keeping has never been political. “Bee-keeping is for a detailed-oriented person, and so talking about it politically is like a forest for the trees.”

REGION
Central
Phil’s Honey, Starbuck, Manitoba
CONTACT
P: 204-735-2272
PRODUCTS
Honey

Fenez Follies Farm

Having both grown up in the Winnipeg area, Leanne and Phil moved to their farm 17 years ago to raise their three children in a rural setting while maintaining connections with family in the city. Leanne continued to work full-time while Philip was a stay-at-home dad before their children were old enough for school, encouraging them later in 4-H projects they tested out right on the farm!

The family started by growing food for themselves, finding diet alternatives such as goat milk products interesting, and became the most popular parents in their children’s friend circles after somehow hosting three birthday parties in a row in which animals on their farm were birthing that same day. As the couple’s collection of hilarious, strange and trying experiences with their animals began to grow, they named their farm in honor of their approach, Fenez Follies Farm, which they noted was to also reflect the fact that they entered the endeavour without much experience in farming.

After offering a summer CSA along with multiple meats and eggs, Leanne and Philip are taking a break to concentrate on family and other pursuits so have cut back on production.

REGION
Winnipeg
Fenez Follies Farm, La Barriere, Manitoba
CONTACT
P: 204-803-8618
PRODUCTS
Meat

Breezy Way Farm

Breezy Way Farm, unsurprisingly, sits on a hill in one of the windiest spots in the Pembina Valley, overlooking wheat and canola fields and surrounded by the deepest snow drifts in the area during the winter months. The 5 and a half acres is the perfect spot for the prairie-loving Penner family to run a small mixed farm.

The Penners have been gardening and raising animals since 2003. They are passionate about gardening without the use of chemicals relying on compost and hand weeding alone. As time goes on they have been continually adding more and more to their farm. They currently have chickens, pigs, turkey and even rabbits! They have also have started an orchard with plans for opening it to U-pickers. Be sure to follow them on Facebook for more updates.

REGION
Central
Morden, Manitoba
CONTACT
P: 204-822-6946
PRODUCTS
Grains & Legumes
Meat
Vegetables

Fresh Roots Farm

Fresh Roots Farm was established in 2011 by Michelle Schram and Troy Stozek, on land that was owned and farmed by Michelle’s grandparents and parents near Cartwright, in southwest Manitoba. Although Michelle grew up on her family’s nearby cattle ranch (Troy is originally a “town kid” from Dauphin, MB) they both put down “fresh roots” with equally fresh ideas and optimism for growing good food from the land. They steward this land using holistic and regenerative agriculture practices with their young son, Sydney. Their main philosophy is that by facilitating healthy, balanced, diverse, biological systems through holistic management, abundance will follow, including healthy plants, animals and people. The long term goal is to build a resilient farm ecosystem, local food community and economy, so that farming can be a livelihood for future generations.

Fresh Roots Farm produces grassfed beef and lamb, as well as raw pasture-based honey (from alfalfa, clover & wildflower sources). They deliver to two Winnipeg locations per month, alternating monthly between their four pickup locations; details of this schedule can be found on their website, and orders can be placed through their online farm store. Eggs from pastured hens are seasonally available. Their raw honey jars are also available for sale at over 40 retailers across Manitoba.

REGION
West
Fresh Roots Farm, Cartwright, Manitoba
CONTACT
P: 204-529-2083
PRODUCTS
Honey
Meat

Luna Field Farm

At Luna Field Farm we offer:

eggs from pasture-raised hens (free range in winter)
grassfed beef
pasture-raised pork

pasture raised chicken
Via our online ordering system we offer bi weekly  delivery to Winnipeg and Brandon. In addition to our  eggs and pasture raised meats we also sell raw honey, organic grains and flours and other local food items.

Through the use of regenerative agricultural practices we are committed to producing the highest quality pasture raised and grassfed meats in Manitoba. We strive to sustain a viable family farm operation with respect for the animals and the land we steward. We aim to work with nature to produce and deliver food that is nourishing and wholesome for you and your loved ones.

Luna Field Farm is a pasture (grass)-based livestock farm operated by first generation farmers Wian Prinsloo and Lydia Carpenter. The farm is run on several hundred acres of grazing pasture land in southwestern Manitoba. Through an ecological lens we focus on the health of our livestock, pastures [plants], and soils, recognizing that we are what we eat, from the ground up! We employ management intensive grazing techniques in a multi-species grazing system with the objective of better land, great food and a healthier community. We feel that growing food, and/or procuring local foods is one way to foster responsible land stewardship and nurture resilient communities. We want to provide you with the highest quality pasture-raised and grass-fed meats and encourage others to consider farming and food production as a viable livelihood.

REGION
West
Belmont Manitoba R0K 0C0
CONTACT
P: 204-537-2299
PRODUCTS
Eggs
Meat

Anderson Family Farm

Leanne and Brad grew up two miles from one another – immersed in completely different but equally busy farms as children – yet never got to know each other until they were nearly finished high school.

They have now completed construction of a home on Brad’s family farm just south of Cypress River, where his grandfather was born. The farm is 135 years old and includes about 1500 cropped acres.

The Andersons and their four children have been working hard to make their farm more sustainable than the wheat-canola operation they took over in 2011.  Soil health is becoming a bigger focus every year.

They have greatly diversified their operation to include over 10 different crops in rotation. Cover crops, intercropping and multispecies perennial crops are now incorporated across the farm.  To complement this, Brad has started a mobile seed cleaning business with a focus on cleaning intercrop mixtures, organic products and delicate crops like beans.  They have planted over 7500 trees on the farm.  Fruit trees and nuts could be integrated next!

Since 2004, the Andersons have been raising pasture-raised chickens and turkeys based on Joel Salatin’s production model. After taking a Holistic Management course through the University, they added pasture pork, grass fed beef, and now sheep to the mix.

Recently forming a partnership with Jessica Chamberlin and Ian Cabernel of Spring Creek Farms, they work together to raise the livestock which they market through their other partnership: Spring Creek Farm.  Spring Creek Farm has recently completed construction of a new meat shop and warehouse in the town of Cypress River where they will base their distribution. You can also find Anderson Family Farm meats on the Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative website.

The Anderson kids are now 8-13 years old and are getting involved in the farm.  This year the kids will be helping in the field and taking over raising some pasture chickens and planting 4 acres of sweet corn for u-pick and delivery.

 

Pasture Raised Meats (chicken, turkey, pork, beef, lamb)

Sweet Corn (u-pick/we-pick)

Custom Mobile Seed Cleaning

REGION
West
Cypress River, Manitoba
CONTACT
P: 204-825-4568
PRODUCTS
Meat
Vegetables