Who is growing the food!
ACADIA COMMUNITY FARM, Wolfville
The Acadia Community Farm is a half-acre educational and community garden dedicated to producing local, organic food for Wheelock Dining Hall at Acadia University and the Wolfville Food Bank, as well as providing a friendly and supportive atmosphere where students and community members alike can grow food for themselves. Through workshops, conferences and volunteer opportunities, the Farm engages and unites the community around the topic of food.
The Acadia Community Farm is sustainability through action. Students have grown salad greens and herbs for some of our EECOM meals!
CANAANLAND FREE RANGE EGGS, Canaan
Our hens are rotated to fresh pasture at least twice a week during the summer months. They sleep and lay eggs in our portable buildings called ‘Eggmobiles’ They spend their days scratching, pecking, eating, dustbathing and expressing their ‘chickenness’. During the winter, they live inside with plenty of bedding to keep them clean and dry.
We also produce pasture-raised pork and grass-fed beef.
Afishionado Fishmongers is your community-minded provider of fresh and fresh-frozen seafood dedicated to bringing low-impact fishing traditions back to the plates of consumers. For us, knowing the story behind the fish we sell is paramount. We follow Ocean Wise certification as our main guide, a classification that ensures responsibility to a fishery’s abundance and catch method. We also build deep relationships with our region’s small-scale, community-based fishers and aquaculturalists, and any Afishionado products that don’t have Ocean Wise certification, such as our wild Atlantic Halibut and Cod, are fished using low-impact fishing methods, such as hook and line.
We build and maintain close relationships with those who catch our fish, and work hard to help foster a fair, transparent, traceable, and sustainable exchange of seafood in the Maritimes! We have a variety of ways of getting high quality sustainable seafood to you, including weekly, bi-weekly and monthly subscription shares, a variety of packaged deals, wholesale, and more!
COSMAN AND WHIDDEN HONEY, Greenwich
In 1977, Tom and Mary Ann left Nova Scotia and moved to North Vancouver, British Columbia. In those days, Mary Ann worked at a library and Tom was a stay-at-home dad. One day, Tom saw some bee hives in their neighbour’s backyard. Bees?
He bound the baby up in the Snugglie and strode next door. “You’d better not let your bees hurt my baby girl,” he said to the neighbour. “Or else!”
“You’re overreacting,” Mary Ann said when she got home from work. “Calm down.” But he didn’t.
The next day, Mary Ann brought home a book from work: The Joys of Beekeeping by Richard Taylor. After reading it, Tom was hooked. Mary Ann and Tom had their first hives while working on Tom’s brother’s farm in Quebec that summer. The bees chased them across the cow pasture more than once but they kept going back. They never did get a taste of that first year’s honey. A bear beat them to it.
That fall they moved to Mary Ann’s home town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, determined to build a bee farm. Tom worked winters driving an oil truck until they had built up enough colonies and the equipment necessary to make a living as beekeepers. Cosman and Whidden now produces honey, bee pollen, and beeswax candles and provides commercial pollination services.
LAZYBROOK FARM, Waterville
In October 2004, after 3 years of diligence, in the pursuit of organic perfection, they received their “Certified Organic – Blueberries” from the Maritime Certified Organic Growers. Lazy Brook Farm is now Certified Organic by the Atlantic Certified Organic Coop Ltd.
LONGSPELL POINT FARM, Kingsport
Longspell Point Farm is owned and run by Jeff and Paula McMahon and their son, Ben with some extra hired help during the farming season. The McMahons moved to their beautiful land, with its incredible view of Blomidon, and started farming 27 years ago. They quickly recognized a pull towards farming with less synthetic and harmful inputs and working more closely with natural cycles and began the transition to non-certified organic farming early on. They completed this transition about 10 years ago. They have an extremely diverse farm – growing a wide range of organic vegetables as well as grains including oats, wheat and rye. They also raise pastured cattle, pigs, hens, and turkeys. You can find their warm and friendly faces year-round at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market.
ELMRIDGE FARM, Centreville
A third generation family farm located in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. Owned and operated by Greg and Suzanne Gerrits, their two children Gillian and James and a dedicated team of local and international farm workers. We grow a wide variety of fresh market fruit and vegetables, the majority of which are grown without the use of conventional pesticides. Compost and manure are used as our main source of fertilizer. We are always working to further reduce our chemical usage.
Our produce can be purchased at many farm and farmers’ markets throughout the province.
MEADOWBROOK MEAT MARKET, Somerset
Meadowbrook Meat Market is a farm to fork operation rooted in farming, and has been in business for over 28 years. Meadowbrook is a first generation farm owned and operated by Margie Lamb of Somerset, Nova Scotia. We proudly grow much of the grains we use as part of our feed, lessening our dependence on and environmental footprint of imported grains.
We raise our pigs from birth to market ensuring that our livestock is raised without the use of antibiotics, using humane animal practices and a nutrient balanced feed, all of which affects the quality of the meat we produce.
The pork produced is then processed into value added meat products such as fresh cuts, bacon, hams, Jimmie Dogs, smoked and fresh sausages & deli meats. All of our products are made without fillers using meat & spices and only using preservatives in any fully cooked products as required for food safety.
OLDE FURROW FARM, Annapolis Valley
We are a husband and wife duo who love growing things and the whole farming lifestyle. All the growing, processing, delivering, marketing, and everything else in between is done by us! We feel fortunate to be able to grow all our produce on our family’s land, continuing a third generation of farming in the beautiful Annapolis valley. We only grow non-GMO or heirloom seeds with a focus on flavorful and unusual varieties. We believe wholeheartedly in preserving the genetic diversity of seeds.
No synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fertilizers are ever used; for the health of the land, its creatures, our health and that of our customers. We use companion planting, crop rotation, timing, hand removal and attracting beneficial insects for pest management. We mulch, flame and hand weed to control weeds. Fertilization comes in the form of cover crops, compost teas, compost and pasturing cows. We are a bee-friendly farm, providing our bees and wild bees with an array of pollen and nectar packed flowers as well as maintaining the absence of harmful substances. We limit the use of plastics by mulching with hay/wood chips from our land and planting in season to diminish the need for plastics.
TERRA BEATA CRANBERRY FARM, Lunenburg
Founded in 1998 by David and Evelyn Ernst, Terra Beata grew first from a patch of undeveloped peat bog sold at a tax auction to a 12-acre cranberry farm on Heckmans Island, near Lunenburg Nova Scotia. From there, we learned to clean, freeze, process and market cranberries. We now still operate the original farm, plus we receive cranberries from about 12 other farms in Atlantic Canada, for a total of over 5 million pounds per year.
Our main facility is on Heckmans Island where we make juice, preserves, dried fruit and pack frozen berries full time year round.
In 2013, Terra Beata was proud to receive BRC certification, following one of the most stringent food safety programs in the world.
JUST US! COFFEE ROASTERS CO-OP, Grand Pré
Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op is Canada’s first fair trade coffee roaster. Our goal is not only to sell the best products at reasonable prices, but also to promote global economic and social justice. Everyone deserves to be paid fairly for their work so that they are able to provide a decent life for their families. All people deserve respect and the opportunity to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. Once you put faces and names to farmers and appreciate the work and skill that goes into producing coffee, tea, chocolate and sugar, it is easy to see that atheir needs, interests, hopes and dreams are no different than ours.
Just Us! has been an advocate and supporter of the Small Producer Symbol (SPP) since its inception six years ago. The SPP is a producer- owned fair trade certification program that focuses on direct relationships and genuine fair trade between producers and buyers.