Fruits & Vegetables

Katherine’s Fresh Fruit

Katherine Gaio, of Katherine’s Fresh Fruit will be offering a full complement of fruit grown on her fruit farm.  The second generation fruit farm, located in Niagara-on-the-Lake boosts 27 acres of various fruit.  Among the offerings are cherries, peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, apples and raspberries.  Katherine has been a vendor with the Grimsby Farmers’ Market since it began at the church in 2008.  Most of the farm products are sold through farmers’ markets.  Katherine’s husband Walter, is the full time farmer with help from their three adult children.

 

Overbeeke Farm

Joining us again this season with a selection of home grown raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, asparagus and beans.  We see the Overbeeke’s for a short portion of our season, make sure you visit them during berry season.

 

Warner Orchards

Home grown fruit including apples, nectarines, raspberries, apricots, currants, peaches, rhubarb, blueberries, pears, strawberries, cherries, grapes, plums, watermelon, crabapples, muskmelon and pumpkins. Vegetables include Asian vegetables, brussel sprouts, cucumber, cabbage, eggplant, onions, squash, beans, cauliflower, garlic, tomatoes, beets, peas, rutabaga, zucchini, broccoli, sweet corn, lettuce, peppers, spinach. Also available are apple cider and cherry concentrate.

 

Forty Mile Creek Farm

One of this year’s new faces is Marianna Grzegorczyk from Forty Mile Creek Farm, located right here in Grimsby. Two full acres of the family’s 47 acres escarpment farm are designated to growing heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, exotic vegetables, strawberries and raspberries.  Having moved from Oakville only one year ago, the couple are absolutely loving their agricultural experience.  “I love Grimsby, I love farming, and I love bringing products that I have grown to the market” exclaims Marianna who is very new to both farming and Farmers’ markets.  Marianna, who emigrated from Poland originally is living her “long-time dream to move to the country”.  The couple share in the farm work, Marianna’s husband works full time but offers as much help as possible for the day to day farming routine.  The children have grown up and moved on giving Marianna the opportunity to spend many hours tending her vegetable patch.  The farm is currently producing heirloom tomatoes, pink and yellow tomatoes, sweet black cherry heirloom mini tomatoes, multi-coloured mini tomatoes, beans, purple and white eggplant, cabbage, Swiss chard, beets, radishes, as well as fresh herbs such as celery leaves, parsley and cilantro.  She hopes that next year she can expand the garden to include more fresh herbs and other heirloom varieties of vegetables.  Aside from the vegetable and berry garden, Marianna keeps some Guinea Fowl for predator control (they sound the alarm when predators wander too close), geese and ducks to keep her pond clean and a few chickens to provide her family with fresh eggs.  All of Marianna’s vegetables are grown organically and the farm is in the process of becoming a certified organic farm.  She noted that during the market last week she was approached by a Burlington restaurateur who has now agreed to buy her heirloom tomatoes for use in his restaurant.  Come out and say hello to Marianne, she’d love to share her joy of farming with her new customers, returning customers, and market friends.

 

Harvet Change

Local grower of mushrooms.

 

 

Haist Farms

Cindy Haist or R.C. Haist Farms in Fenwick is new to the Grimsby market although their family business has seen many years at Welland and Port Colbourne markets. Cindy and her husband operate a fifth generation 50 acre farm in Fenwick, as well as about 50 acres of rented land in the area. Half that acreage is in sour cherries which goes directly to further processing, while the remaining acreage is planted in peaches, plums, apples, pears and nectarines. “We are the fifth general on this land”, states Haist, “and four of those generations are still alive”. She and her husband get some help managing the farm from their two grown sons, but still to most of the work themselves. “We haven’t used any outside workers yet, we just try to do the best we can” says Haist. When asked about her experience with the Grimsby market, Haist states that she loves this market, the people are so friendly, she has been able to build up a network of returning customers, and the market vendors themselves are very helpful. R.C. Haist Farms is located at 501 Memorial Drive in Fenwick and have a road side stand for people that want her products throughout the week.

 

LauRay Farms

One of the original vendors, who always has an attractive display of home grown products, is Laurie Korten of LauRay Farms from Dunnville. Laurie and her husband Ray have 30 acres of property on which they grow about 20 acres of garden variety vegetables including sweet corn and potatoes. The other 10 acres is cash cropped, much of which is used to feed their cattle and chickens. Their beef and eggs from free run chickens are available at the market along with an array of home grown vegetables and strawberries. Laurie starts the plants from seed in the early spring in her greenhouse, transplants them, and grows them right to harvest. Excess plants are available for sale. Aside from the Grimsby market, LauRay farms can be found at 4 other markets per week.
LauRay Farms located along the Grand River in Dunnville, offers fresh homegrown vegetables. We have PYO or pre-picked strawberries. We offer farm fresh omega -3 , free run brown eggs. Our beef is corn and grass fed angus/hereford cross, naturally raised with no hormones.

 

Neufeld Family Farms

One of the main suppliers of a variety of potatoes at the market is Tom Neufeld of Neufeld Family Farm. Tom has farmed all his life, growing up on the family farm and then buying his own about 28 years ago. His wife Mary Anne also has deep farming roots, having grown up on a local fruit farm. The Neufelds, with the help of other family members operate a market garden producing sweet corn, potatoes and vegetables for the Farmers Markets, as well as cash cropping grains and a growing beef operation. The Neufeld Family Farm has the designation of “My Pick” which means that every product that they sell has been grown or produced on their farm. This includes his cuts of beef, potatoes, sweet yellow and white corn, garden vegetables and stone ground flours made from his home grown grains. The Neufeld Family Farm is located at R.R. #` Vineland.

 

Pear Blossom Orchard

New to the Grimsby market for 2015, Elaine will be joining the market on alternating weeks with her micro greens, herbs, and vegetables.

 

Phoenix Farms

Dave will be joining us this year with his home grown vegetables on alternating weeks.

 

Rumar Farm

Heirloom vegetables seem to be becoming a popular item at the market as witnessed by the growing number of shoppers at the tables of Rumar Farm. Marc McKerracher and his wife Ruth Gatzke have been growing vegetables for the fresh market at Ruth’s father’s farm in Ridgeville for many years. When Ruth’s father decided to retire, the opportunity to take over the 15 acre farm was met with enthusiasm. Aside from expanding their exotic and heirloom vegetables, they now have 10 acres of stone fruit as well as apples and pears. “Our focus has always been on exotic and heirloom varieties of common market vegetables” says McKerracher who now plants varieties of eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, summer squash and tomatoes from all over the world. They are pleased to be back at the Grimsby Farmers’ Market for their third season. According to McKerracher, they have built a loyal following during their time with the market. “(The market) is as much a social festival for us as well as a great opportunity to reach new customers as we visit with all our new friends” states McKerracher.

 

Thimbleberry Farm

August is blackberry month – not the phone, the tender little blackberries that are now available at Blackberry Bob’s booth. “I got the title of BlackBerry Bob from Anna Olson who was featuring his blackberries during one of her TV cooking shows” says McGough, who has used the title ever since. Bob and Lucie McGough have been with the Grimsby market for three years and enjoy the interaction they have with their customers. They have been farming in Beamsville since 1977 on 8 acres, of which 2 acres are devoted to blackberries. All of the blackberries are grown organically, no pesticides are used.

 

Viniki Farm and Greenhouses

Harish Patel joined the market this year during the pre-season at St. George’s Ukrainian church. Viniki Farm and Greenhouses is located in Niagara-on-the-lake and this is Harish’s first year at the Grimsby market, but not his first year at farm markets in general. Harish bought his 11 acre farm about 5 years ago. With the addition of two greenhouses on the property, he is able to offer a wide variety of vegetables, plants and some lilies. Most of his vegetable products are available right now including peas, zucchini, pea shoots, buck wheat lettuce, spinach, spring mix, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes and garlic. To this he adds fruiting bushes such as raspberry, black and blue berries, figs and strawberries. Fruit will be next, just waiting for the season to come for apples, pears, plums, sour cherries and a few table grapes. Harish also has herbs, both dried and fresh and his basil, thyme, oregano and tarragon flavours the air around his booth.

 

 

Warner Orchards

Home grown fruit including apples, nectarines, raspberries, apricots, currants, peaches, rhubarb, blueberries, pears, strawberries, cherries, grapes, plums, watermelon, crabapples, muskmelon and pumpkins. Vegetables include Asian vegetables, brussel sprouts, cucumber, cabbage, eggplant, onions, squash, beans, cauliflower, garlic, tomatoes, beets, peas, rutabaga, zucchini, broccoli, sweet corn, lettuce, peppers, spinach. Also available are apple cider and cherry concentrate.

 

Sweet Potatoe Johnny

John Chabot of St. Catharines wanted to produce something using sweet potatoes. He loves sweet potatoes and will rant about all the benefits of the bright orange vegetable. Two years ago, John decided to create a veggie burger using sweet potatoes. This was an instant hit as witnessed by many who line up at his booth when he is cooking veggie burgers for hungry shoppers. He has them available in frozen packages too for shoppers to take home and cook at their leisure. But veggie burgers were just the beginning. Now Sweet Potatoes Johnny incorporates his favourite vegetable into baked goods such as waffles, brownies, muffins and breads, and into frozen meals which include lasagna, chili, burritos, soups, and of course burgers. Asked why he is so keen on sweet potatoes and John is quick to point out that the vegetable is high in Vitamin A, calcium, fibre and iron. “They are good for you and my customers wanted new products so I just expanded my line” according to Johnny. He even makes his own sauces which include chipotle sauce and a honey Dijon sauce.