Corner Farmers' Market Launched
Now there's a fresh reason to stop at Can Am Corner – the community gas station at the corner of highways 201 and 59 just a few miles from the Canada/US border. The newly created ‘Corner Farmers' Market’ is responding to the growing interest in buying local by providing a venue for area producers and consumers to meet. The first Market happened Wednesday, May 20th.
Throughout Manitoba, there has been growing support for farmers' markets, Community Shared Agriculture, and related local food initiatives for a number of years. The pandemic has further exposed vulnerabilities in conventional supply chains leading to a significant jump in demand for locally produced food and other essentials. Sponsored by the Stuartburn Emerson-Franklin Local Food Initiative, the Corner Farmers' Market has been in planning for a year, but the local buying trend around the Covid-19 pandemic helped to kickstart it.
"We've been recruiting local producers and highlighting their stories for more than a year," said the organizers. Leah Bouchard, Laura Reeves, and Janet Kroeker began the Local Food Initiative in 2018. At Christmas, the group produced a pamphlet and promoted local gift shopping. Community potlucks, bringing local producers and buyers together were slated to begin this spring, but now will have to wait for rules around gatherings to relax.
Meanwhile, the Corner Farmers' Market has started small with plans to grow into a regular event throughout the summer and fall. All purchases were pre-ordered, and the producers were on hand for several hours to meet their customers and fill orders. Producers included Wildfire Farms, Green Valley Garden Center, Creekside Dairy, Stoney Brook Creamery, Prairie Shore Botanicals, and Skip-o-Potamus. Products ranged from organic milk, goat’s cheese, hand-crafted soaps, pastured meats, honey, and wild harvested herbs. Manitoba-grown organic grains and flours were also available from Deruyck’s Top of the Hill Farm (located near Treherne). Other producers will be added for future market days as "non-essentials" are allowed with relaxing COVID regulations.
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and Esther Loewen
Products: Vegetables and Baked Goods
Cookies and Buns are available with whole grain or white flour. Vegetables are available later in summer and are grown without the use of any pesticides or herbicides.
Roseau River, MB
Products: Wool Bedding
Shepherd’s Dream makes wool bedding such as mattresses, toppers, comforters, pillows and sheets. They also sell pet beds, bed felts, dryer balls and DIY materials such as organic cotton, Melton wool and wool batting. The products are available any time of year. Some items are held in stock and larger items are made to order. To find out more details about the made in Manitoba products, their values and production practices please see their website.
Janet and Tim Kroeker
Box 87 Roseau River MB
Green Pastures Farm
(See their full description below in Meat Section)
100% grass fed and finished beef. Wildfire Farms has a variety of cuts such as steaks, roasts, ground, soup bones, organ meats and sausage.
Free roaming heritage pork with cuts such as chops, roasts, hams, hocks, bacon, crackles and lard.
Free roaming chickens, breasts, thighs, drums, ground, wings, organs, feet and soup bones.
Meaghan Lomax, owner of Wildfire Farms since 2010, raises and sells free roaming chickens and pork and sells 100% grass fed and finished beef from the family farm. The Barnabe family has been raising beef for over 40 years. Products are available year-round, unless sold out.
Animals are raised naturally outdoors and on pasture without corn or soy. All products are gluten free, sugar free and nitrate free.
available at the St Norbert Farmers market and Farm Gate. Also check out
Wildfire Farms online store for locations, dates and times of
Green Pastures Farm
Hand-stitched wool duvets
Guy and Leah Bouchard value their family, community, and land they live and farm on. They aim to farm as sustainably as possible. They love sharing their farming knowledge and experiences with others, and at various times of the year, offer unique educational workshops and programs on the farm. Availability of products vary, so please contact for more information or connect with the farm via their Facebook page.
Stoney Brook Creamery
Woodmore and Steinbach, MB
Products: Organic Whole Unhomogenized Milk in Glass Bottles
From field to barn to bottling, Stoney Brook Creamery works to keep everything clean and pure and healthy. Milk is available all year round. Home and farmland is located in Woodmore, while farm and creamery is in Steinbach. Milk is from Sardius Holsteins owned by Sam and Anne Appleby.
Phone: 204-371-6371 (Jim’s Cell), or 204-427-3230 (Jim and Angie Home)
Products: Unhomogenized Pasteurized Goats Milk
Creekside Dairy has goat milk available in a variety of stores around south-eastern Manitoba and it is also available locally at Can-am Country Corner. The goats are fed a non-gmo diet, as close to organic as possible.
Goat’s milk has many benefits such as being higher in calcium, potassium, and vitamin A than cow’s milk, lower in cholesterol, lower in lactose, and has a higher content in zinc and selenium. Also, goat milk is a good choice for babies since it is closer to human breast milk.
Vegetables and Fruit
J. Creek Berries
J. Creek Berries is in its second year of business. The strawberries are U-Pick or Pre-pick. Call ahead for picking dates and hours – they are usually open for most of July.
George and Esther Loewen
(See their full description above in Baked Goods Section)
Prairie Shore Botanicals
(See their full description below in Wild Harvest Section)
Prairie Shore Botanicals
Laura Reeves’ Guide to Useful Plants – From acorns to zoom sticks
Sap 'n' Salvy healing salve
Prairie Shore Botanicals is dedicated to increasing public knowledge of, and respect for, the beauty, diversity and usefulness of wild plants through specialized classes, presentations, consulting services, and respectfully harvested products. They also produce garlic and sometimes have other non-certified organic produce available.
Prairie Shore Botanicals believes in high quality products and services that don’t contain "fluff”. This is reflected in their hands-on teaching style, practical product packaging, and information sharing.
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