About

Brown Sugar Produce is located between Brandon and Rivers, Manitoba. The farm was started in 2001 by Stephanie Dillon and is now run by her daughter Teri Jenkins with husband Jon and daughter Myrah (2017).

We grow a wide variety of garden vegetables using ecological methods and prioritize close relationships with our customers through our Veggie Lovers Club CSA Program. For a list of all the veggies we grow plus seasonal availability and storage tips, check out our Veggie Guide.

We are known for stunning lettuce mix & butter lettuce, super sweet carrots, field-ripened Manitoba tomatoes, as well as the freshest pickling cukes around.  Stephanie also makes the crunchiest dill pickles you’ve ever tasted and Ukrainian Beet Leaf Buns, which sell out as fast as she can make them.  In the winter months, we grow pea shoots & other microgreens for a steady supply of fresh, nutritious greens.

We love the connection involved in direct marketing our vegetables, and take pride in knowing each customer by name (and also by their favourite vegetable!).

Where to buy our Veggies:

  • Fridays 10 am – 2 pm (starting July 9) in our Veggie Trailer in front of Lady of the Lake (135-B 17th Street N) with Janelle from Mad Dog Produce!
  • Saturdays 10 – 12 inside The Green Spot (1329 Rosser Ave E) with Laryssa from Emerald Earth Farm!

For 5 years Janelle Vachon was seasonally employed on the farm and in 2021 she has started her own market garden and we are planning to work together to supply our markets: You can find Janelle at Mad Dog Produce (near Plumas).

 

Meet Your Farmers

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Jon Jenkins grew up in Earnscliffe, Prince Edward Island with the ocean as his backyard.  He discovered his passion for growing at a young age in his Dad’s large garden, as well as his love for digging clams!

After completing high school in Ottawa and exploring post-secondary options, Jon went WWOOFing on a goat farm on Pender Island.  From there he found a 2-year apprenticeship at Glen Valley Organic Co-Op, where he learned organic farming skills from two mentors, John Switzer and Alyson Chisholm.  He got out of farming for a few years and did a carpentry apprenticeship, spent 8 months traveling in New Zealand, and eventually found himself working at the Calgary Farmer’s Market, where he met Teri.

Jon enjoys a wide range of other activities when he is not farming.  He is a self-taught DJ on digital as well as turntables.  He also loves fishing, listening to podcasts, karate, he plays the didgeridoo and made his own, plays banjo, he’s made his own shoes and loves to sew, he snowboards, he’s run half marathons and also built his own ninja obstacle course in our barn. He’s traveled to Mexico and to New Zealand twice; gone skydiving; worked at a summer camp; he has an interest in all things paranormal, unexplained, and spiritual, as well as a ton of knowledge about astronomy and outer space; he’s great with animals and loves kids, especially his daughter Myrah.  AND, he’s truly a wonderful husband and father!

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I was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba.  I was 15 when Mom started a market garden, and as soon as we went to the farmer’s market, I was hooked. During & after University (Calgary, BA English 2008) I worked in a range of produce retail positions which deepened my understanding of the industry. Shortly after meeting Jon, we went East and lived in Nova Scotia for 3 seasons where we found many farming mentors and colleagues, and got married. In 2015 we moved to Manitoba, purchased a property near Rivers and joined my Mom’s business, adding our daughter Myrah in 2017.

I’m all about connection & community. I like to get to know all of the people who impact my life, like my baker, my mechanic, my DJ, my coffee supplier, etc — and of course our CSA members (many of whom fill other roles in my life, too!). As a people person I find farm life a bit isolating but I mitigate that with an active Instagram account. If you want to connect with what we’re up to, that’s the best place to do so!

I love great music, great food, and great people: Find me in my happy place every 4th Sunday of the month online at Bastid’s BBQ!

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Myrah is 4 this year and is a wild and free farm kid, often helping us with tasks in the field (while sporting a princess dress, of course), or the all-important jumping in muddy puddles! She loves collecting eggs, playing with the small chickens or our 4 cats, planting lettuce, harvesting potatoes, and playing with the hose.

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