North of 49
I had the pleasure of going out to Craig & Jenny Tallman’s garden and home where they grow the vegetables and garlic that they sell at the Cochrane Farmer’s Market. They have a sweet set up; the part I liked most was that they have a huge garden in the front and out back they live on a beautiful lake! It was a really good time hearing about everything that they are growing there and they shared a bit about their processes.
The Tallman’s are growing 20 varieties of potatoes, 8 types of garlic, and many other delicious veggies (see below)! They also produce birch syrup (at a different location) which has a unique flavour and can be used in cooking and baking! They showed me around their huge garden with their awesome dog, Gordie, and they had so many interesting facts about gardening and what they were growing.
Let’s tell you more about what they are up to!
What are you offering at the Farmer’s Market?
We offer birch syrup, birch caramels, blueberry birch bbq sauce, a variety of potatoes (we have 20 varieties this year), 8 varieties of garlic, garlic scapes, swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, beans, radishes, carrots, summer squash, beets, oriental greens, celery, celeriac, kale. The variety of vegetables at the market changes week to week as they come into season.
What made you decide to start participating as a vendor at the Market?
We had started our birch syrup business and wanted to sell it locally.
How long have you been selling at the Market?
Are your products available outside of the Farmer’s Market?
Our birch syrup is available to purchase through our website or farm gate.
Birch syrup value-added products and vegetables are available farm gate (call before coming out).
We also sell our birch syrup products at local shows in the spring & fall.
How can my readers find out more about your business?
website - www.northof49birch.ca
facebook page - www.facebook.com/northof49birch
twitter - @northof49birch
If we could only try one thing at your booth, what should it be??
It is such a unique product, there are only a handful of producers across Canada and the United States (Alaska, Vermont). We are one of two known commercial producers in Ontario.
Tell me more!!
When we started producing birch syrup we were unsure how the product would be received locally. We knew that there was definitely a business with chefs and limied supply. We are really pleased how Cochranites have embraced birch syrup and become returning customers. While we do ship birch syrup to various places in Canada and around the world (Scotland, Italy, Sweden, Hong Kong), our largest market is here in Cochrane. People also like that it makes a unique locally made gift. We’re always interested to learn new recipes using birch syrup from our customers.
Thank you so much Craig & Jenny for letting us come out and check out your garden. We had a great time and loved seeing where our produce was coming from. I have so much appreciation for the amount of handwork and attention that goes into your delicious veggies!
Thanks for reading!