Gusto: "An individual or special taste"
Our beautiful 17 acre farm; Duende Farm, is located in Maple Ridge on the original site of one of BC’s first farms in the Fraser Valley. Our farming practices adhere to organic standards, and our focus is to grow the best products we can while continuously improving their nutrient quality and caring for the land. Although we originally started as a garlic farm, we now grow potatoes, onions, heritage tomatoes, leeks, sweet potatoes, corn, kale, squash and many other types of vegetables, but garlic is still our major crop.
We have specialized in growing garlic that grows well in the west coast environment, and after 12 years of growing garlic, and over 20 varieties, we have now settled on growing only a porcelain variety and Red Russian as they are the two varieties that seem to do best in our climate. Our goal is to provide the best fresh garlic and seed garlic, and to help others learn to grow and enjoy this wonderful food.
We are pleased to announce that this year we are partnering with a young couple....Simon and Tara Bookless and anticipate offering a broader selection of vegetables and produce. This year we will begin a CSA (Customer Supported Agriculture) program and provide a weekly food box to subscribing customers. We expect to continue marketing at the Haney Farmers Market and Port Coquitlam market, but will not likely attend every week.
We invite suppliers or customers to visit our farm at any time to see our farming operation - please give us a call to set up an appointment as we are often quite busy.