This past week, I was fortunate to spend the day with Raegan exploring some of the farms and suppliers that help make Mountain Mercato so delicious. We travelled to Nobleford, Alberta care of Galimax Trading Company, who hold their annual tour of the farms they market. We visited Mans Organics, Broek Pork Acres, and Leffers Organics. I was amazed to see the enormous amount of work, innovation, and dedication it takes to bring their products to our menu.
We first headed to Mans Organics egg grading facility where we were served a delicious breakfast. Following that was a demonstration on how to tell the difference between a fresh egg and an old egg. I never knew how much knowledge and expertise went into producing a carton of eggs! Mans eggs goes to great lengths to ensure that their eggs are of the freshest quality.
Next stop was Broek Pork Acres and then on to Mans Organics greenhouses (I just want to say that the baby pigs were adorable and I desperately wanted to take one home with me). Mans Organics definitely impressed me with their greenhouses. They continue to ensure that their produce is certified organic, and I was surprised at how every year their soil becomes more enriched with nutrients than the year before. What really caught my attention was the fact that they had different greens feeding solely on water with live tilapia in it, which is a process called hydroponics. I can definitely say first hand that I appreciate how much hard work and innovation these two farms put into their products.
Our last stop was Leffers Organics. We headed out to the carrot field where we could pick fresh carrots, and learn more about organic farming. It was quite an exhausting day in Nobleford, and I am so glad I was able to experience all the farms that Galimax markets to their customers. Selling products is one thing, but ensuring that the products are certified organic takes a great amount of effort and attentiveness. I can now say that I will no longer take one cherry tomato for granted ever again.