Welcome to the lively world of JayJoe Farms, where farming dreams sprouted and grew alongside the laughter of three young children. The story of this family farm began as a little seed of desire, yearning to cultivate vegetables on a grander scale than just their backyard garden. But with the responsibility of raising three little ones, the timing could have been better. However, fate had a plan, and in 2020, an opportunity blossomed on Krista's grandparents' farm, purchased way back in 1954. The idea of farming gained traction, and the arrival of COVID-19 gave them the nudge they needed to dive into this green adventure.
With grit, laughter, and love, they took a leap of faith and decided to give it a go. Armed with dreams and a greenhouse, they embarked on a journey to change their lives forever. And thus, JayJoe Farms was born, bearing the names of two special souls, Jay and Joe—brothers who had left this world too soon. A quirky name that began as a joke evolved into a beautiful tribute, honouring the memory of their beloved brothers.
Family unity was the secret ingredient at JayJoe Farms. Shaun, Krista, their children, Carson and Payton, and their moms, Glenna and Eva, worked tirelessly on the farm. Krista's dad, Roger, was also a familiar face in the fields, helping and maintaining equipment. And remember their oldest son, Jason, who pitched in whenever needed, balancing his time between off-farm work and family duties.
Their harvest of veggies danced to the rhythm of the seasons, boasting an impressive repertoire of 90-110 varieties. Embracing organic practices, they nurtured their produce with love, never resorting to harmful sprays, only organic amendments.
A family that toiled together grew together, and learned together. The biggest lesson they discovered was the sheer dedication required to produce exquisite food. But through the ups and downs, their bond as a family only grew stronger, proving that no challenge was insurmountable when they stood together.
The magic of the Horton Market enchanted them—the bustling atmosphere, the delightful customers, and the camaraderie of fellow vendors. Being a part of the market meant they could bring fresh, ethically grown veggies into the homes of wonderful families in their county.
As for the shoppers, they had a friendly suggestion—seize the moment when they saw their favourite veggies at the market. Mother Nature's whims could make things disappear as quickly as they appeared.
Among their treasure trove of delights, Kohlrabi was the shining star—a versatile vegetable that stole their hearts. Whether shredded in coleslaw, dipped in hummus, roasted, or added to mashed potatoes, Kohlrabi never failed to dazzle with its delectable flavours.
So, if you ever find yourself at the Horton Market, follow the scent of fresh vegetables and the laughter of a warm and united family. JayJoe Farms awaits, ready to welcome you into their world of veggies, laughter, and love. In this place, farming dreams became a beautiful reality.