Walter Green was one of the earliest Europeans to homestead the Pemberton Valley in the 1920s. Following in his footsteps, Walter’s grandson, Doug Helmer and wife, Jeanette Helmer cleared the land for their organic farm in 1980. Well known for their award winning potatoes, Doug and Jeanette continue to farm alongside their daughters, Anna and Jennie, and daughter-in-law, Veronika. Practicing organic and biodynamic farming methods, the Helmers rotate their fields every five years using a cover crop system to replenish nutrients and minerals in the rich “Spud Valley” soil. The Helmers dedication to high quality production and love for the land is evident in the quality of their produce. Helmers products can be found in restaurants and at farmers’ markets in Vancouver and markets along the Sea-to-Sky corridor. Their offerings include up to 18 heritage varieties of organic potatoes: Banana Fingerlings, Bintje, Cal White, Chieftan, Desiree, Gemstar Russet, La Ratte Fingerling, Netted Gem, Pontiac, Rinegold, Russian Blue, Sieglinde, Warba, White Rose, Yukon Gold. They also grow Organic Vegetables including: Carrots, Beans, Cabbage, Eggplant, Garlic, Lettuce, Peas, Tomatoes, Kale, and Squash. Featured above:
Anna, Veronika, Jennie, Jeanette, and Doug.
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