Brant and Trudy Handel
We have a small "mixed berry" farm, with emphasis on "mixed". We are not certified organic, but we choose not to spray our berries with chemicals. We feel that it's important for our friends and family to be able to eat our fruit directly off the bush. We have chosen not to use propane cannons to protect our berries - instead we use a variety of "psychological" devices to keep birds at bay during the growing season, as we are concerned about being a good neighbour.
Our primary crops are:
We sell "fresh" berries during the summer, and we sell frozen berries after January 1 each year. Every year, we sell out.
Our newest product is "Jambelly" - a gourmet product made from our own berries on our farm. We are currently producing Blackberry and Blueberry jambellies. It's not quite jam and not quite jelly. It has all the body of jam, but about 1/10th of the seeds. We put our fruit through a special process that takes a lot of time, but produces a superior, tasty product. Our jambellies are currently available only through farmer's markets and fairs in our area.
What our clients are saying:
-- "My Blue (Berry) Heaven" is the best jam I have ever had. It looks like jam; however, it tastes like real blue berries or shall I say blue berry heaven ;). I'm officially addicted!"
-- Greetings! Just finished a jar of your seedless blackberry jam/jelly. Delicious!! I bought it at the farmer's market a few weeks ago. Is there anywhere else you sell your jellies?
Other Products - Our Meals in a Jar
The rest of the family....
We maintain a herd of llamas and alpacas, although they are our pets rather than farm animals. Our herd is geriatric, and enjoy their life enormously. Our animals are all gentle and very well mannered, making it a pleasure to work with each animal. Many of our llamas and alpacas have been shown extensively, and have won multiple awards.
Our friends still roam our back field, but we no longer have any animals for sale.
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