In 1994 Paul de Jonge purchased 80 acres of land five kilometers east of Lethbridge on highway 3, 1 km south on Broxburn road. The farm provided a home but was intended for a U-pick strawberry operation. In 1996 a small greenhouse was built to grow peppers. In 2001 a larger greenhouse went into operation and tomatoes and cucumbers were added to the mix. In 2002 a barn was remodeled for the purpose of a storefront and café. In June of 2004, the café was officially opened. Today land atBroxburn Vegetablesis farmed for the production of various fruits and vegetable, including one of the largest commercial broccoli crops in Alberta.
Farm Fresh Produce
AtBroxburn Vegetableswe pride ourselves in growing superior quality field and greenhouse fruits and vegetables. We presently operate a 3-acre greenhouse that is heated by two natural gas boilers. In the greenhouse, crops are grown biologically; meaning that we introduce natural predators instead of spraying chemical pesticides to kill the pests. The most common pests found on peppers are aphids. The predators used to target these pests are purchased from around the world and are introduced into the greenhouse on a weekly basis. We choose our variety of tomatoes carefully so that our customers receive the maximum flavour. Harvesting vine ripened tomatoes daily ensures the plant benefits to their maximum potential. Long English cucumbers, mini cucumbers, eggplant, beans, and butterleaf lettuce are also grown in the greenhouse. Greenhouse harvest begins in February with mini cucumbers and continues until December when we clean out the greenhouses to replant.
Strawberry and raspberry u-pick is closed for the season!
Our primary U-pick crops are strawberries and raspberries. The raspberries and ever-bearing strawberries produce berries right up until the first frost. This often is later in September or sometimes in October. The cool prairie nights contribute to the sweetness of the berries.
U-pick strawberries and raspberries are $3.50/lb.
U-pick baskets (4 litres) are available in our produce store for $1.
If you are bringing your own container, please have it weighed in the store before picking.
U-pick strawberries and raspberries is closed for the season. Please call the Broxburn store for any questions regarding the u-pick operation.
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