Processor bankruptcy costs Man. vegetable growers a customer

A Manitoba company with world beating technology to turn vegetables and pulses into purees is now bankrupt. Canadian Prairie Garden Puree Products of Portage la Prairie filed for bankruptcy protection in late March. Receivership records show that the company owes $9 million: $6 million to secured creditors and $3 million to unsecured creditors. The secured […] Read more

Grower stores produce underground

GUELPH, Ont. — Zach Loeks stores vegetables year round with his award-winning, underground, cold storage facility. Through the winter, vegetables are held at just above freezing and with near-optimum humidity. By making a thousand ice blocks in the dead of winter, similar conditions are extended through the summer. “We have 2 to 4 C temperatures […] Read more

Ont. vegetable growers weather the weather

Excessive rain and greater than usual disease pressure have challenged producers growing for the processing market

WALLACEBURG, Ont. — Ontario’s processing tomato growers have had to work their way through excessive early season rain and, in some cases, greater than usual disease pressure. Brothers Eric and Wilf Allaer have fared better than most. “It was early on in June when there was the biggest disease pressure, but our quality has been […] Read more

Market garden directly involves customers

Lois and Wayne Hazell use community shared agriculture to make a connection with the consumers buying their food

LESLIEVILLE, Alta. — People who farm in west-central Alberta become slaves to the weather. Frost or snow can come at anytime, hail is a constant summer threat and dryness, which stunted this year’s crop, can also be a problem. Wayne and Lois Hazell were up against these challenges when they decided to start a market […] Read more