Great Food, No Compromise
We grow delicious, GMO and pesticide-free vegetables on our 1 hectare farm located in St Catharines, ON. From seed to your salad we believe that growing naturally is not only important for your health, but for the environment as well and in that spirit we aim to work with nature, rather than fight against it. We primarily sell community supported agriculture(CSA) shares for the winter season (November to February), but also provide some farm-gate purchasing options. You can learn more about our CSA program by following the link above.
Our practices include: using untreated seed, fertilizing only with manure or sustainably sourced liquid fish, aggressive pre-planting weed management and encouraging natural predators to reduce pest pressures, while managing those pressures to an acceptable level.
We hope to expand this section in the future to provide you with a rich library of information regarding our practices and techniques, but for now please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding our farm or our product.
Community Supported Agriculture Supporting the Community
Great food should not just be for those who can afford it. We believe strongly in our CSA program as a model for providing good quality food for those who can afford it. But we believe just as strongly in reversing the CSA model and working towards agriculture supporting the community. As a result we have made it an official part of our business plan to provide our local food bank, Community Care of St Catharines and Thorold, with 15% of our total farm vegetable production at the same level of quality that our CSA members receive in their weekly baskets.
Eating good, wholesome food is a right everyone should have and it is our mission to provide those who may be stuck in hard times with food that will improve their health and their lives. We believe that every business should have an active role in supporting and giving back to their community and what better way to do so then by doing what we do best...growing great food.
It's All in the Name
Creek Shore Farms. The name suggests our farm is located on the shores of some mighty creek, thundering through our property upon which many a mighty paper sail boat has been lost.
When we established our farm in the fall of 2009, we wanted a name that reflected that we were local and provide a premium product in a region surrounded by amazing food and wine. In Niagara, grape growing regions are divided into sub-appellations which reflect the terroir, or specific qualities found in grapes, and we wanted to extend that principle to vegetables to match the terroir of wine to that of the food it was eaten with. Our farm is located in the centre of the Creek Shores sub-appellation and so adopted our specific geographic qualities as our name. Thus Creek Shore Farms was born, but not officially on the shores of any mighty creek.
To learn more about the terroir of our region visit VQA Ontario-Appellations and read about the specific qualities the topography, soil and climate bring to growing great food.
Who Are We
We are Amanda and Ryan Thiessen, husband and wife team, married in 2006 and still just as in love as the day we met. Since May of 2012 we added a new member to our team, Sydney Anne Thiessen, who is apprenticing under us on a long-term program. You can follow her adventures at juniorfarmer.blogspot.com. We enjoy mountain biking, camping and watching movies and try to fit a bit of those activities in, even during the busiest times of the year.