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Concord Mountain Farm

Another nice treat any time at all is Concord Mountain Grape juice.  Jane and Don Kouri have been operating Concord Mountain Farm at RR#2 Beamsville for the past 22 years growing juice grapes, apples, plums, pears, and peaches.  In the summer of 2007 it was announced by the bottler of Welch’s grape juice that the St. Catharines plant would be closing and no longer purchasing grapes from local growers.  Much has been published about the health benefits of grape juice as an anti-oxidant.  In anticipation of health conscious seniors, as well as parents not wanting to give sugary drinks to their children, they began to process their own grapes for juice to be sold at the Grimsby Farmers’ Market.  Their pure, pasteurized grape juice contains no added sweetener and has become a popular local product.  In addition to farming, Don is also a Doctor of Education and full time Professor at Mohawk College.     Located along the side of the Niagara escarpment, Don and Jane provide homegrown fruit and tomatoes at the Grimsby Farmers' Market.  Concord Mountain Farm is becoming quite well know for their homegrown grape juice.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

Silmaril Farms

Located in the Greenbelt on the Grimsby escarpment, Silmaril Farm offers PYO apples and  freshly pressed pastuerized apple cider at the market. The farm is home to sheep, chickens and turkeys, all of which are raised as "natural fed" without growth hormones, feed additives or by-products. All meat is processed at provincial abbitoirs. Eggs are provincially graded and available throughout the year.  All meat products are vacuum sealed to retain freshness and food safety.

Farm gate sales are available year round. The farm is registered with Foodland Ontario and Home Grown Ontario by meeting their standards of production. Visit the farm at www.silmarilfarm.ca or email for product availability at mseaborn@silmaril.on.ca

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.

 




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