THUNDER BAY – This past fall, Belluz Farms and the United Way teamed up with Bill Martin’s Nurseryland, Landale Gardens, George’s Market, Superior Credit Union, Quality Market, Vanderwees Greenhouses to sell as many locally grown, locally harvested pumpkins as possible. Kevin Belluz says, “We are proud to announce that Thunder Bay residents’ huge support for locally owned businesses resulted in $3150 of support to local charities through the United Way.”
In addition, sustainable, locally grown pumpkins are good for the environment – each load of pumpkins trucked in from Southern Ontario releases about 275 kg of carbon dioxide or 1 Litre of diesel fuel for every 5 pumpkins. Our campaign to Can the Canned Pumpkin also helped people to learn more about how to eat their pumpkin – a perfect finish to a pumpkin’s life!
“Belluz Farms employs over 50 local students every summer in addition to our fulltime staff, making us a significant supporter of the local community. Not every local farm operates the same, we encourage consumers to always ask where and how their produce was grown,” shares Belluz.
Belluz suggests if you are interested in supporting the growing local food growers, and our local economy, “The following questions can help you decide who to support: How do you manage your soil? Do you grow all your produce yourself? What are the goals for your farm?”
The farm still has a great supply of different heirloom varieties of potatoes, winter squash, garlic, local apples, and other harvest veggies available from our online farmer’s market: Superior Seasons Food Market,
www.marketstore.locallygrown.net. Superior Seasons Food Market was established this past spring to help local farms and businesses increase their access to institutions, restaurants, business buying groups, and individual customers.