In 2020, the roots of Peters' Produce sprouted, blossoming into a dream nurtured by a family's passion for fresh, local goodness. Since he was knee-high, Justin had always craved to grow produce, and Annie had a green thumb that could turn deserts into gardens. But the onset of COVID-19 sparked the idea to sow seeds of hope and address food insecurity in their local community. And so, with hearts full of purpose, Annie, Justin, Stephanie, and Derrick embarked on their farming adventure.
On the farm east of Mount Salem, along Calton Line, Peters' Produce began with a humble self-serve stand. They planted peppers, tomatoes, sweetcorn, herbs, zucchini, and potatoes on 1.25 acres, and it was a family affair even as they held onto their day jobs. After the first year, they were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and decided to expand their offerings. The little self-serve stand blossomed into an on-farm market, where farm-fresh treasures beckoned passersby to stop their cars.
Their commitment to their craft set Peters' Produce apart from the rest. Over 90% of what they sold was lovingly grown on their farm, and their team reflected the diverse communities they served. This dedication shone through in every vegetable, preserving jar, and pastured poultry they offered.
From sunrise to sunset, Peters' Produce was a hive of activity six days a week. Early mornings meant plucking sweetcorn to offer the freshest produce at the market. At the same time, late nights saw them preparing for the next market day. Their commitment was a year-round endeavour, with planning and coordination in the off-season to ensure every season was a bountiful success.
Peters' Produce found a slice of paradise at the Horton Farmers' Market. The market-goers' happiness and enthusiasm to support local producers warmed their hearts. The discerning eyes of consumers who appreciated high-quality, locally sourced products made each market day feel like a celebration.
This year, Peters' Produce had a special treat in store for its shoppers. They ventured into artisanal chicken farming, investing in a high-tech robotic pastured chicken barn. Their feathered friends would enjoy a life of luxury and comfort. At the same time, consumers relished the unique flavour and texture brought to the market by their pastured poultry.
Among their treasure trove of goodies, the relishes stood out as Annie and Justin's pride and joy. Corn, zucchini, and dill pickle relishes added a tangy twist to any sandwich, elevating burgers and hotdogs to mouthwatering perfection.
As you wander through the Horton Farmers' Market's vibrant aisles, let your feet lead you to Peters' Produce. Discover a family's dedication to cultivating the finest and tastiest vegetables, preserves, and pastured poultry. And when you grab that burger or hotdog, remember to crown it with the magic of Peters' relishes.