We are Mark and Colleen Edmunds. Colleen grew up in Grunthal on a dairy farm. Mark grew up in Brandon. We met through a matchmaker…
We love outside. We live outside. We work outside. We eat outside. One of us would sleep outside….
We enjoy watching the animals and birds that live or pass through our strawberry farm. The small creek attracts all kinds of animals. Some examples are Sandhill crane, Heron, Leopard frog, Wood duck, Tree frog, Meadow lark, Marten, Red or Grey squirrel, Skunk, Bear, Woodchuck, Badger, Seven striped ground squirrel, Raccoon, Weasel and more.
When we have free time, we go canoeing. Usually, in summer, we just have a Sunday afternoon to relax. We go to the pasture and set up a fire and cook over it. In Winter, we have more free time and we go snowshoeing out to the pasture and set up a cook fire with some stew.
We planted our first 5 acres of strawberries in 2009 and still harvest 4-6 acres (depending on the year). We use raspberries as shelter-belts (to minimize soil erosion when the fields are resting fallow, in bare earth) and harvest raspberries as a U-pick crop.
We planted sour cherry trees a few years ago and apple trees in 2016. We have had some setbacks in the orchard with deer nipping off the ends of the branches, stunting growth. As a result, we are delayed in making those fruits available to customers.
We don’t have children, but enjoy nephews and nieces, and love it when we can host them at the farm. We live in the same house as Colleen’s parents, Jake and Helen, who help us be farmers…they keep the home fires burning and have helped us learn to use/maintain/repair farm equipment. (You’d think Colleen would have learned that as a teen, but alas, did not.)
We strive to have high quality berries – Sweet – Red – Delicious – Juicy. And our workers are trained to pick good quality berries, so they should last in your fridge for a good number of days.
We try to show you our best hospitality to you when you come here. Welcome. We would love to meet you for the first time or see you again!