Featured Vendors: Innisfail Growers and Nixon Honey

Featured Vendors

Last week we had a chance to catch up with two of our seasonal vendors, Innisfail Growers and Nixon Honey! Here is a summary of their interviews.  

Innisfail Growers

How did you start your business?

Innisfail Growers Started in 1993 with five farms that came together. Five local farms all living near each other.

What kind of products do you sell?

We sell everything that we grow on our farms. From strawberries to beets to spinach, greens, asparagus, peas, potatoes, zucchini, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, almost everything.

What is your “must try” product?

The carrots, peas, tomatoes and strawberries.

What makes you unique?

All of the farms are family run, they’re all local and they all take a lot of pride in their produce and putting the best product out there.

What is your favourite thing to sell?

The asparagus, and sometimes the tomatoes too, especially when people try them and they realize just how good they are because they’re grown in a green house in soil and they’re ripened on the vine, so they have a lot of flavour.

Can you find you product anywhere else?

You can find us at most of the Farmers markets in Alberta and the Calgary’s Farmers Market and some of the Co-op’s.

Do you attend any other markets?

Yes! Pretty much anywhere between Lacombe all the way to Innisfail, Sylvan, Bentley, Calgary and Red Deer, of course.

How did you hear about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

We’ve been coming here since the Downtown Market started.

What is your favourite thing about being in Downtown Red Deer?

It’s nice, you get a mix of people, its nice that people can come and get produce after work, and its just a nice short market, where it’s still busy and people are still able to get what they want without having to go to the Saturday Markets, it’s a nice mix of people and we like that.

Nixon Honey

How did you start your business?

My wife and I were both marketers with other companies and I worked for Nixon’s Honey, and when they went out of retail, they agreed to sell to me in order for me to do a small marketing business. Then my wife and I purchased a small Maple syrup business as well. So between the two of them there we are today, two old folks putting in time.  

What kind of products do you sell?

Obviously, honey! Pure raw honey, right off the hive, absolutely no treatment whatsoever done to it. We also have maple syrup, which comes from Peggy’s cove in Nova Scotia, and it too is a pure natural product. We like to believe in natural things and as local as possible. Nixon honey actually comes from about 12 – 15 miles outside of Red Deer.

What is your “must try” product?

It would absolutely be the Pure Raw Honey. In the Maple products it would definitely be the Maple Butter.

What makes you unique?

Well again, our products are purely natural. The other part of it is that’s I don’t believe that there is anyone else who sells Maple products in the form we do. There is someone who has claimed to be organic, but outside of that, there aren’t too many people in that. And in the pure honey there are a few folks who have their own bees and don’t doctor the honey in any way

What is your favourite thing to sell?

My favourite stuff is honey, I’ve been doing it for quite a while.

Can you find you product anywhere else?

Not really, Nixon’s honey used to be in all the popular grocery stores, but with the change in the management and a different direction for the company, they no longer retail honey. I really am, now, the only one in this part of the province, besides Calgary, and there might be the odd one, but not very many.

Do you attend any other markets?

Oh yes, I do five or six a week. This week I’ll be doing six, I’ve done two in Innisfail, then here today, Olds on Friday and in Sylvan and then back in Red Deer on Saturday for the big market.

How did you hear about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

I came here representing Mr. Nixon with the original Nixon Honey a few years ago and I’ve been coming ever since. I’ve only missed one year in the last five years.

What is your favourite thing about being in Downtown Red Deer?

There’s a lot of really nice people involved down here, and its not too huge and yet we have a lot of folks that come through. It really is quite a nice friendly market.

Be sure to stop by Innisfail Growers and Nixon Honey at this Wednesday's market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m! 

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