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Superior Seasons Food Market
Thunder Bay Country Market
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In addition to the produce shown below, our Farm Store is filled with locally and regionally crafted food products.  We are also a supplier of Acana Pet Food: biologically-appropriate pet food, produced in Alberta.

Click any crop in our seasonal calendar for more information on availability, prices, and how to store your produce.  Each year the weather can change harvest dates by as much as 2-3 weeks, so use this as a general guide but then we suggest you join our email newsletter or facebook page for the most up to date notifications!

Click here to view the What’s in Season Chart in .pdf

Crop PYO* May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Winter
Belluz Farms
early mid late early mid late
Greenhouse Plants
Herbs, lettuce, and greens
Strawberries *
Raspberries *
Saskatoons *
Carrots and beets
Potatoes
Cabbage, onions and garlic
Cucumbers and dill *
Zucchini and summer squash
Peas and beans *
Melons
Tomatoes
Peppers
Sweet corn
Pumpkins and winter squash

*PYO: Pick-your-own is available

Produce information

Greenhouse Plants – Organically Grown!

Our three-bay greenhouse is filled with all varieties of flowering annuals and perennials, planters, hanging baskets, herbs, vegetable transplants, and organic gardening supplies. Let our knowledgeable staff guide you on caring for your plants and troubleshoot your garden problems.


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Herbs Letuce, and Salad Greens

We have three greens mixtures:
Jodi’s Spicy Greens – 50% baby leaf lettuce with 50% specialty greens like arugula, mizuna, tatsoi, mustard, etc.
Jodi’s Select Greens – mostly baby leaf lettuce (~75%) with a medley of spicy greens, mizuna, baby kale
Jodi’s Greens – Oak leaf, red and green romaine, and kale or mizuna

We’ve also try to have some herbs on hand, potted and cut so you can keep using them all year!

Our greens are organically grown in our greenhouse with no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.  Check our our Sustainable Food Systems page for more on what we do to grow sustainably.


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Strawberries and Raspberries

Availability

Strawberries are available Fresh Picked to take home or to Pick Your Own at the farm.  Raspberries are available as Pick Your Own only.   Availability and picking hours are always weather-dependent, so call our info line before heading out: (807) 475-5181.

Our local strawberry season can start as early as the last week in June or as late as the middle of July!  It all depends on our spring.  Once the season begins, however, it lasts three to four weeks.

UPDATE:  The 2016 strawberry season will start in the first few days of July.

Raspberry seasons begins near the tale end of the strawberry season: late July-Mid August.

pricing

Strawberries PYO – $3.75/L or $15/4L basket.  Volume price for 4x4L is $14.50/4L.
Strawberries Fresh Picked, On Farm $18.75/3L, $9.75/1.5L – In Town $19/3L, $10/1.5L

Raspberries PYO – $7.75/kg ($3.52/lb)

Handling and storage

Refrigerate berries and use as soon as possible. If you wash your berries, wait until just before you plan to use them, do it gently and drain thoroughly. Don’t hull your strawberries (remove green tops) before washing.


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Saskatoons

Availability

Our local Saskatoon season starts about a week or two after the strawberry season starts. A typical start is around the middle of July.

Saskatoons are availabe as Pick Your Own only.

PRICING

Saskatoons PYO – $3.75/L ($15 for 4L)

handling and Storage

Saskatoons have a delicate flavor. If left standing too long after picking, the flavor will gradually fade away and the color will tend to turn brown. To prevent this, refrigerate as soon as possible. Generally saskatoons have a refrigerated life of about 3 to 4 days. They may be frozen on a cookie sheet then transfered to freezer bag. Don’t thaw the berries before adding them to your recipe.This will result in a better taste and a rich purple color.


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Carrots and beets

Availability

Available July through the Winter until we sell out, Fresh Picked only.

Carrots and Beets are $3.75/ bunch with the tops included.
Beets in bulk with tops removed are $3.85/kg ($1.75/lb) or for 10+kg (22+lbs) $3.30/kg ($1.50/lb)
Winter Storage Beets and Carrots are $5/ 2.27kg (5lb) bag or 10+kg are $2/kg (0.91/lb)

We grow lots of varieties of these tasty vegetables including the best heirlooms!  Think multi-coloured carrots and beets with a flavour that a grocery store can’t touch! A bonus with our beets is the tops which can be cut and served like spinach. These vegetables keep well into the winter and let you eat locally all year round – check out our Sustainable Food Systems page for more on eating local year round.  Sold by the bunch with tops primarily, but also available in bulk without tops through the fall and winter!




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Potatoes

Availability

Available July through the Winter until we sell out, Fresh Picked only.

New, Baby potatoes and Small fingerling varieties are $4/L, $7/1.5L
Large fingerlings, Heirlooms and Selected varieties are $7/3L, $15/4.54kg (10 lb)
Winter storage selected potatoes are $7/4L, $5/3L, $11/4.54kg (10 lb)

Back in the 60’s and 70’s, the farm was called Rolling Acres and potatoes were our primary business. Today, we grow a few specialty varieties that you can’t find anywhere else. Try one of our 4 different Fingerling varieties or the creamy purple-fleshed Russian Blue for your meal tonight.  We have soft, new potatoes starting in July and August and store as many varieties as possible into the fall.


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Cabbage, Onions and Garlic

Availability

Available August through the Winter until we sell out, Fresh Picked only.

Green summer and winter cabbage are $3 ea or for 3+ $2.50 ea (~ $1.75/kg or 0.80/lb)
Red, savoy and specialty cabbages are $4 ea or for 3+ $3.50 ea

Onions are $3/bunch, or $12.50/ 4.54 kg (10lb) bag
Garlic is $35/kg ($15.91/lb) or over 1+ lbs $30/kg ($13.64/lb)

More crops that keep well all winter! Our cabbages, onions and garlic are indispensable for their foundational flavours. We grow over 6 types of Cabbages, yellow, white, red and sweet onions as well as multiple different varieties of garlic. Check our Sustainable Food Systems page for how to cure them and keep them.


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Cucumbers and dill

Availability

Available mid-August until early September, Pick you own or Fresh Picked
Pick Your Own: Dill size (7.5-13cm, 3-5”) $6.50/4L B&B (13-18cm, 5-7”) $5.50/4L Slicers $3/ 4L
Fresh Picked: Dills $6.50/3L, B&B $5.50/3L, Slicers 4 for $1 –  Dill size “Bushel” (11x3L) $65

Handling and storage

Making your own pickles is a great way to store cucumbers. Once you have picked your farm fresh cucumbers and chosen your recipe you are well on your way to having homemade pickles just the way your Mom used to make! Detailed pickling information is available at our farm, where you can also pick up fresh dill and garlic, and on our Sustainable Food Systems page.


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Zucchini and summer squash

Summer squash come in all sorts of shapes, colours, sizes, textures, and flavours, but are all members of the Curcurbita pepo species. Pick up some zucchini, pattypan, 8 ball, yellow gooseneck or other varieties and try them grilled on the barbecue, stir-fried, in panini, or in a savoury stew. Summer squash are one of the staple Three Sisters crops grown traditionally by indigenous people across much of North America; the combination of the three is complementary to the human body as well as the soil. Read more on soil conservation on our Sustainable Food Systems page.

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Peas and beans

Peas can be planted as soon as the ground is available in spring and so we try to get an early crop in whenever possible to start picking early July. We’ll then plant 3 more dates to extend the harvest all summer until frost.  We grow mostly garden pod peas (that need to be shelled to be eaten), but we also grow alot of snap peas that can be eaten whole!  Beans are more sensitive to frost and need to be planted later, but ripen quickly and we’ll often be picking yellow, green and even some purple beans in late July right through until frost.

Peas PYO – $5/kg ($2.27/lb) and Fresh Picked are $5.50/1.5L bag
Beans PYO – $5/kg (2.27/lb) and Fresh Picked are $5.50/1.5L bag

handling and storage

Choose garden pod peas that are full feeling, but not “bursting at the seams”.  Choose sugar snap peas that are nice and plump for best sweetness.  Refrigerate your peas as soon as possible in your crisper – leave in their bags.  Enjoy within 3 to 4 days – the natural sugars in peas begin to turn to starch as time passes.

Choose plump, firm and velvety feeling beans. Generally speaking, smaller beans tend to be more tender. Place beans in a perforated plastic bag and store in the crisper section of your fridge. Enjoy within 3 to 4 days.


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Melons

Who says you can’t grow Melons in Thunder Bay?  Well, some years is pretty hard, but we always try Vine-ripened Canteloupe, Honey-Dew, Watermelon & Musk Melon are often available at our Farm. Sweet as honey – their taste can’t be beat!

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Tomatoes

Field tomatoes are hard to grow in this climate, but we try to have some available late August every year.  We grow several varieties of tasty heirloom tomatoes, outdoor-grown with biocontrol herbs planted to keep pests away without synthetic chemicals. Heirloom varieties were bred for flavour back before agriculture became as industrialized as it is today with a focus on high yields, large fruit, and immaculate appearance. Read more about biocontrols and heirloom varieties on our our Sustainable Food Systems page.

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Peppers

Peppers are even harder to ripen in Thunder Bay, but we plant some every year to try and have a selection for you in late August.  From sweet to fiery hot, we grow a variety of peppers outdoors to complement your summer meals. You won’t believe the flavour advantage of using fresh local peppers.
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Sweet corn

Availability

Corn is ready in August and September. We pick by hand first thing in the morning, often in rain gear to protect against the dew, to ensure our kernels are as sweet and crisp as possible. Freshness is the #1 characteristic to great corn, and our local fields picked almost daily can’t be beat.
Large corn roast orders are welcome (min. of 4 doz.) and a special discount will be provided for orders over 8 dozen.
We package in baker’s dozens – that’s 13 cobs for the price of 12! Bring your own bags if possible!
Of course, we grow lots of bicolour varieties (the Peaches n’ Cream type) and the traditional all yellow.

Cooking Corn

To enjoy the fresh flavour of our corn, the sooner the better is the rule of thumb. Most people overcook their corn, which causes the kernels to convert their sugars to starch. Try one of these methods to ensure your corn is sweet and tender:

  • Bring water to a boil, add husked corn and remove cobs once water has returned to a boil
  • Pull husks back from corn, keeping husks attached. Remove as much silk from the corn as possible; replace husks, covering kernels. Using kitchen twine, secure husks at tops. Place corn in a large bucket of cold water. Let soak 1 hour. Transfer corn to grill (medium heat). Cook until husks are charred and the corn has steamed, about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the heat of your grill. Remove corn and discard husks.

Or try it raw from the field – a little-known secret that everyone should try.

Handling and storage

The easiest way to freeze corn is to blanch it for 1 minute (drop the husked cob into boiling water), remove it and place immediately into ice cold water to stop any cooking, cut the corn kernals off the cob (using a serrated knife and holding the cob in the centre of a bunt pan works great), bag it and then freeze it! You can freeze it first on a cookie sheet if you want to help separate individual portions.


Corn
Claire driving the corn wagon

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Pumpkins, natural fall decor and winter squash

Availability

Visit us here at the Farm in the fall season when a drive to the country is so beautiful. No matter the weather, you can pick your pumpkin from inside the Pumpkin Barn or heated greenhouse and enjoy a hot snack from our Harvest Cafe open every Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm from the last weekend in September until Hallowe’en!  NO FARM ADMISSION gets you access to the farm store, pumpkins and our animal barn and then we have special activities you can choose from in the activity areas that have range of prices from $2 to $8.

When you enter our heated greenhouse, you’ll be struck by the glow of orange from our beautiful piles of pumpkins. No matter what size or shape you desire, you’ll find it at Belluz Farms. We carry

  • Pie Pumpkins
  • Jack O’Lantern Pumpkins
  • Giant Pumpkins and Mini Pumpkins
  • Ornamental Red, Blue, White & Green Pumpkins
  • Cornstalks, Gourds, and various other fall decorating items.

Some of our wild & wacky looking winter squash often make unique Jack O’Lanterns as well. We’ve got a great selection of squash to tempt your tastebuds. A perfect fall dish, squash is wonderful in soups, stews, or simply roasted with butter or brown sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg. Some of our selection includes

    • hubbard
    • sweet potato
    • sweet dumpling
    • acorn
    • butternut
    • buttercup/kabocha

Try some in your next recipe!

handling and storage

Winter squash keep very well through the winter in a cool, dry place.
Our Pie Pumpkins make wonderful soups and Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pies. Their flesh is denser and thicker creating a sweeter, less watery, taste to your cooking. Jack O’Lantern Pumpkins can also be eaten – a great use for your left over Halloween Pumpkin!
Here’s our Easy Cook Method for Pie Pumpkins:

      • Cut in half and scoop out seeds
      • Cut each half into wedges
      • Place flesh side down in a baking dish with about 1 inch of water. Bake at 350 F for about 45 min or until flesh is nice and tender
      • Scoop out flesh and puree. It’s ready to use in your favourite recipe!

An average size pie pumpkin will give you at least 2 cups of pumpkin puree.


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