What is Harvestful? Where did the name of your business come from?
Harvestful is a farm that grows nutrient dense super foods called microgreens. If you don’t know what microgreens are they are ready to eat (no prep) nutrient dense baby vegetables with at least 20 times the nutrition and flavour as their mature counterpart.
The name came to me one day when I was in my garden and I had such an abundant year for my crops that I was trying to describe the plentiful harvest and the word harvestful popped in my head and I went with it.
Tell us about Harvestful – where did the idea come from and what is the purpose?
I started growing wheat grass in 2011 that I used for juicing to help increase my intake of greens and help boost my immune system. I branched out a few years later trying more varieties of microgreens and fell in love with them. I have a love of growing things especially when I can harvest them within 10 days and have nutritious food for my family. My kids are pretty picky eaters and getting adequate amount of greens in their diet is a struggle, but they loved growing and eating pea shoots, so that was my ticket. I couldn’t just keep this love to myself, I gave packages away to friends and family to try so they too had super foods to nourish their families and it all took off from there. I just more recently started to sell them as the word got out.
Why is this important to you?
I want people to have easy access to nutrient dense super foods. Unfortunately, most of our nutritious food in grocery stores are picked before their prime and can be loaded with pesticides and the nutrient density declines from the time it is harvested and shipped to when it is consumed. I harvest my microgreens the same day I deliver, so they are guaranteed to be the freshest possible.
How do people get a hold of you?
When did your family move to Bezanson?
We moved to Bezanson in 2015. I was born and raised in the region, growing up on an acreage East of Clairmont and my husband grew up West Sexsmith. After we were married we searched for the right place to raise our family and loved the Bezanson area.
What does living in Bezanson mean to you?
We love living in Bezanson, it is such a great community. The heart of this community is remarkable. Always someone willing to lend a hand to those who need it, people supporting each other’s ventures whether it is buying farm fresh eggs or honey down the road or hiring the services of of a neighbour to plow your driveway, we all work together to make things work.
What is your dream for Harvestful?
I want Harvestful to meet the needs of the community and surrounding communities by providing the best possible farm fresh microgreens. We are a very small farm and my desire is for it to expand and increase and to continually meet the needs of those that are wanting to add nutrient dense foods into their diet.
Any favorite quotes?
I love what Hippocrates said “Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.” Microgreens are like medicine, they provide a nutrient A-bomb to our bodies. Majority of us have much need of increasing our nutrition in our diets for better health, adding microgreens is an easy way to level up our intake of those nutrients.