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Four Seasons Farm – 2018

Located in Maitland, Four Seasons Farm is operated by good friends Owen Roberts and Sina Wagner. Owen grew up on the farm – which his parents started in 1992. After university, some world traveling and a bit of WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) throughout the world – Europe, United States, Canada and the Middle East to be exact – Owen, along with Sina, purchased Four Seasons in the summer of 2012.

Growing up in Germany, Sina worked as a cabinet maker and in the TV business – however – she wanted a change. And with that, she travelled to Canada and began as a WWOOFer on Four Seasons Farm – the rest as they say, is history.

“Needless to stay, I got hooked,” Sina explained. “We’re now in our sixth year of business.”

With a name like Four Seasons, people often wonder if they actually farm for all four seasons.

“Although we have ten greenhouses, which we use for perennial herbs and to extend the season into the early spring and late fall, in our fourth season – winter – we cultivate rest,” Owen added. “Winter is also time to reflect on the past and plan for the next season, to work on maintenance and repairs on the farm, to find workers, and to sell produce as we work toward a bigger variety and volume of storage crops.”

At Four Seasons their main focus is salad – a plate ready mix of up to 80 varieties of lettuce and greens, as well as arugula, shoots and herbs. Here they also grow a variety of vegetables for the main summer season; chard, fennel, kale, zucchini, tomatoes and turnips. But that’s not all! They are also growing their capacity for storage vegetables for the winter months such as; garlic, onions, shallots, beets, carrots and squash.

“Our ability to grow and package organic vegetables that last a long time in your fridge and pantry is labour intensive,” they explained. “Our workforce includes skilled workers, full-year interns who focus on learning by doing, and a few local part-time workers for harvest days. We always have workers living at the farm, we share a farmhouse and the chores that come with it.”

Four Seasons sells their produce to restaurants, hotels and stores in Halifax and Dartmouth, as well as at the Halifax Historic Brewery Market every Saturday from May to December and into the colder winter months.

This will be Four Seasons Farm’s second year participating in Open Farm Day!

“After last years good turnout, we’re excited to show more people our place,” Owen mentioned.

Owen and Sina decided to participate because they like to educate people about farming. They believe it’s important for everyone to know where their food comes from, and what it takes to grow it and get it to their dinner tables.

“Encouraging a healthy local economy and connecting people to their food source us something we’re passionate about,” they agreed.

“It’s also important to show people diversity,” Sina added. “As an organic farm we are naturally diversified in our crops and therefore in our revenue streams.”

Visitors can partake in guided or self-guided tours of the farm, there will also be activities for kids, a salad buffet and a farm meal for hungry visitors! As well as a market stand with produce for purchase.

Did you know: their preferred way of cooking is the Schwenker? If you don’t know what that is, come check it out – they may heat it up on Open Farm Day!

What’s Owen and Sina’s favourite part about Open Farm Day?

“Showing visitors a peek behind the scenes on the farms they support, and seeing their interest in how their food is produced. We also enjoy showing them how we do things differently compared to conventional farms.”

Four Seasons Farm can’t wait to see you in September!!


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While 300 orders have been received and ordering is closed for this week, Truro Farmers Market Cooperative has online ordering for Saturday pickup. Be sure to like and follow here on FB to find the form to place a future order.

These systems are new so THANK YOU for trying them, supporting NS farmers and food businesses and for having patience as we all adjust to buying in new ways!We are so happy, but so sad too - we have to cut off the orders for this week! We are at 300 orders and logistically we just can't deal with any more than that in our second week of filling orders.
We will have an even better ordering system in place for next week, which will be accessible through our website. Watch for postings about it going live and thank you so much for your support! On behalf of our local producers - you rock!
We will add a second order day and/or more logistics so that we can accept more orders next week.
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If you are in Cape Breton the Pan Cape Breton Food Hub and Cape Breton Farmers' Market have teamed up to provide at home deliveries for online orders.

They have provided the steps to get signed up and logged in to use this service.

Be sure to follow Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-op and Cape Breton Farmers Market to stay up-to-date with info!While the physical Cape Breton Farmers Market will no longer be open during this time as we deal with COVID-19, you can still support local farms and access the same fresh food by using the Cape Breton Food Hub's online ordering system. During the COVID-19 crisis, all orders placed through the Food Hub will be delivered to you directly. As a member co-op the Cape Breton Food Hub generally has a membership fee, but for all those using this service in place of the Cape Breton Farmers’ market the membership fee will be waived.

To place a local food order through the Food Hub’s online marketplace you will first need to register and add a free temporary membership to your account. Here’s how:

1. Create a Login by visiting capebreton.localfoodmarketplace.com/Account/Register You will be asked for an email and to create an 8+ character Password.

2. Next, select Sydney as your pick up location from the drop down menu and enter your address, email and phone number to complete your registration. This information allows us to get in touch with you about any market service changes.

3. Click on the person icon on the top right side of the screen to go to “Account Information”

4. Select the third tab at the top “Credit Card” and enter your information here. Please ensure that the postal code you provided with your address matches the postal code associated with your credit card. If you do not have a credit card contact us and you can arrange to pay by etransfer.

5. Finally, return to the “Account Info” tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. On the right you will see a green “Add Membership” button.

6. Select “Temporary Market Member” from the drop down menu and confirm. You will need to press confirm once more once it takes you to your order.

7. That’s it! Now you are ready to order! Select “Product List” at the very top during market hours to view products and place your order.

Our online marketplace is open Fridays at noon until 7 pm on Mondays. Log in any time within these hours to view products and place an order. Your order will be delivered to your door the following Thursday between 4 pm and 7pm. Someone will ring your bell then leave the order for you to retrieve.

Please contact the Food Hub directly at admin@pancapebretonfoodhub.ca for any questions or help navigating the online marketplace.
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