The New Farm: Going Above and Beyond

By Mary Wales- Nestled near the scenic town of Creemore, Ontario, on the crest of the Niagara Escarpment, the New Farm is a family run certified organic farm specializing in the production of quality heirloom vegetables and potatoes.

The New Farm was established 9 years ago by Brent Preston and Gillian Flies who met each other while working overseas. With potato varieties such as French Fingerling, Russian Blues and German Butterballs, the New Farm places emphasis on growing delicious cultivars for restaurants in the GTA and Southern Georgian Bay area, as well as the Creemore Farmers’ Market. The high quality produce is delivered to Toronto weekly through their distribution partner 100km Foods Inc. In the Fall and Winter months speciality root vegetables are supplied from their traditional on-farm root cellar.

The New Farm is making an effort to go above and beyond supplying high quality food. Hand tools are used whenever possible, while solar panels are used to offset both household and farm electricity. Community involvement and improving access to healthy food is also important on the New Farm – produce is donated to local food banks and through a partnership with the Stop in Toronto. A major culinary event is held on the farm once a year featuring local chefs and a concert – this year’s event will take place on June 15th, 2013.

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