OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING OF “Fenwood Farm Country Store”
Popular Certified Organic Farm Responds to Increasing Demands from the Public
Local organic, family-owned farm, Fenwood Farm, will celebrate the grand opening of their retail operation, Fenwood Farm Country Store, on Saturday, September 13th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their Sawmill Road farm.
Rich in local heritage on a picturesque chunk of Ancaster property, the day will feature local fruit, vegetable and artisan cheese vendors, a free organic hot dog lunch, balloons, and face painting.
“We’ve been busting at the seams for years now,” says owner, Carol Fennema. “Our customer base consists mostly of parents with young children, and their interest in consuming protein in its purest form is clear.” Fennema, who employs 6 people, says the Fenwood mission, “raising nutritional gold” has earned them a strong reputation resulting in more business than their previous space could accommodate. Health food stores and specialty food shops make up the remainder of their business, but the Fennema family see more young parents than ever purchasing their antibiotic-free poultry, hormone-free beef, and wild-caught seafood both on site and at retail outlets that sell Fenwood product.
But poultry and beef, while it is the thrust of Fenwood Farms, isn’t all they do. “We’re adding a few locally-made items like chocolate, soaps, organic juices, and condiments to our market product line,” says Carol. “Sustained economy, supporting local business and purity of product is extremely important to us,” she emphasizes. “The suppliers and partners we do business with must fit with that philosophy.”
A refurbished barn with original beams, windows, and wood-work dating back to 1905 and new hand-carved wood work add character and warmth to the space. The main market room is inviting and bright, and rooms off of the main space may eventually be available for small events or as a backdrop for photo shoots. In the market space, a few seats in a cafe-like setting will offer a comfortable place for shoppers to rest.
In addition to having a free organic lunch on the Fenwood Farm, customers will receive a complimentary bag of soup bones. “We appreciate our customers, and we don’t mind giving back.” Proceeds from the sales of coffee, tea and muffins sold on Saturday will benefit their chosen charitable partner, The Living Rock, whose important community work “aims to alleviate the effects of poverty and to provide opportunities for youth to move beyond their circumstances with the right supports.”
Lena Montecalvo, Groundwork Communications (905)966-0856
Brittany Spencer (613)583-7140.