We grow quinoa
We first became interested in growing quinoa on our farm because of our strong interest in local food and our connection to Peru - Alexandra is originally from Lima, Peru where Ryan and Alexandra met in 2004. We initially tried growing quinoa on our farm in 2009, but only harvested our first crop in 2014. For the last two years, we have grown 20 acres of a "nutty brown" quinoa. When cooked, our quinoa has an "al dente" texture, nutty flavour, and darker colour much like brown rice. Its texture and flavour distinguish it from the common white and red varieties.
We are transitioning part of our farm to certified organic, so we will have our first organic quinoa in the fall of 2018 (our 2017 was very poor). Our 2016 quinoa crop was grown organically without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Instead we have used green manures, organic amendments, and our chickens and pigs to improve soil health.
We continue to experiment with other varieties, including white, red and black quinoa varieties. Quinoa seems to be well suited to our parkland region and local climate, where we have a shorter, cooler growing season than other parts of Manitoba.
Want to buy some quinoa?
We sell our "nutty brown" quinoa at the St. Norbert's Farmer's Market every second Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm (winter market). We have various package sizes: 1/2 lb, 1 lb, 3 lb, 5 lb, and 10 lb bags. You can also email us to order 25 lb and 50 lbs bags.
For information on where you can find our products in retail stores, click here.
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