Brown Sugar Produce is located just outside of Brandon Manitoba in the heart of the prairies. Stephanie Dillon and Jon & Teri Jenkins grow a wide variety of vegetable crops on about 4 cultivated acres.
Please visit our “Buy Local” page to learn where you can find our farm fresh high-quality produce.
How we farm
Stephanie farms 5 miles northeast of the city of Brandon. Her vegetable field is surrounded by agricultural crops and sweeping prairie views. She uses tools like row cover to protect crops from pests, does all of the seeding with a cast iron hand-operated seeder, and strives to have a weed-free garden through tractor cultivation and hand weeding. Her knack for growing vegetables was nurtured in her mother’s large household garden, and she has passed those skills on to her own daughter, Teri, who with her husband Jon joined the farm team in May 2015.
Teri and Jon’s Farm is just outside of Rivers. They have 17 acres with about 2-acres of fields under cultivation, and plans to expand over the long term, as well as plans to obtain Organic Certification in the near future. Stephanie, Jon, and Teri work together between the two farms to produce the long list of high-quality crops that Brown Sugar Produce is known for.
Is it Organic?
Jon and Teri’s Organic Certification is in process at their farm near Rivers. The main farm is not certified, but we use organic techniques as much as possible.
Stephanie began growing full-time in 2001, after leaving a career teaching Early Childhood Education at the local college. She made a name for herself at the Brandon Farmer’s Market, which she attended for the first 12 years of Brown Sugar Produce. In 2012 she purchased a concession trailer which saw a very successful first year selling in the parking lot of Lady of the Lake. The farm also supplies local cafes and restaurants year-round with vegetables, most recognizably the edible pansies that they serve atop salads, and pea shoots. The addition in 2013 of a greenhouse and a climate controlled room for storage crops has increased the farm’s capacity for winter sales.
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Most things grow well at the farm, but we are known for particularly enormous onions, super sweet carrots, and field-ripened Manitoba tomatoes, as well as the freshest pickling cukes around. Stephanie also makes the best 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 sunflower and pea shoots for a steady supply of fresh, nutritious greens.
Stephanie, Teri & Jon love the connection involved in direct marketing their vegetables, and take pride in knowing each customer by name and also by their favourite vegetable! Contact Us for availability and more information!
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