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Organic Week Blog Series #4: Alexander Fresh Vegetables

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Organic Week officially starts TOMORROW: Can you believe it? In Canada, there’s a lot to celebrate. We’re supporting a growing organic sector, and a transparent and sustainable food source. From province to province, farmers, retailers, and consumers are gearing up for an exciting week ahead – a week of promoting and celebrating all things organic!

One such promoter on Prince Edward Island is Alexander (Sandy) McKay of Alexander Fresh Vegetables – and Sandy sure has taken it up a notch this year in his outreach and promotion. Sandy w547303_433872839998639_202191023_nill be hosting two farm tours (see details below) and has connected with two local restaurants to feature organic vegetables on their menu.

After working 34 years in the Department of Transportation on PEI, Sandy has returned to his farming roots. He offers a fresh vegetable delivery out of his Hope River property, located only eight miles from the popular tourist hotspot of Cavendish. Sandy is also a member of the board of directors for both PEI COPC and ACORN.

September 24 Farm tours at Alexander Fresh Vegetables start at 10 am till 12 pm – go out and see crop rotation using organic buckwheat as a cover crop, heating a swimming pool with a greenhouse/cooling a greenhouse with a pool, mobile farmers market, multi-use tool bar and ways to reduce water.

Alexander Fresh Vegetables organic vegetables will be featured at Carr’s Oyster Bar in Stanley Bridge, PEI  during the day and the mobile market will be set up at the restaurant displaying the cool bot system. Everyone who visits the farm or makes a purchase at the farm, mobile market, or at Carr’s will get a ballot and could win a ticket to the Harvest Meal in September at the Confederation Centre.

September 25 Farm tours at Alexander Fresh Vegetables – go out and see crop rotation using organic buckwheat as a cover crop, heating a swimming pool with a greenhouse/cooling a greenhouse with a pool, mobile farmers market, multi-use tool bar and ways to reduce water usage.

Alexander Fresh Vegetables organic vegetables will be featured in the evening at the Olde Glasgow Mill in New Glasgow, PEI. In the afternoon from 2 to 4 pm, the mobile market will be set up at the restaurant displaying the cool bot system. Everyone who visits the farm or makes a purchase at the farm, mobile market, or at Olde Glasgow Mill will get a ballot and could win a ticket to the Harvest Meal in September at the Confederation Centre.

To reach Sandy McKay for more information about his Organic Week events, please call 902-888-7456 or email alexanderb@bellaliant.net.

Interested in the Harvest Meal? The PEI COPC presents the 10th Annual Organic Harvest Meal on September 29, 2013. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Buffet Style at 6:30 p.m. Location: Memorial Hall at the Confederation Centre. Entertainment by Patrick Ledwell. Tickets are $35 each. For more information contact email@organicpei.com or call 1-902-894-9999.

This post is part of ACORN’s 2013 Organic Week series where we are featuring the incredible work of our regional partners in Organic Week – the retailers, restaurants, and producers who make the week the educational and promotional success that it has become over the last three years.

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Author: acornorganic

Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network. Vision ACORN aims to enhance the viability and growth of the Atlantic Canadian organic agricultural community through a unified regional network. Mission Statement ACORN is a non-profit organization that promotes organic agriculture by: Facilitating information exchange between and amongst organizations and individuals Coordinating non-formal education for producers through to consumers Networking with all interested parties both regionally and nationally Structure ACORN is a membership-based non-profit incorporated cooperative with an eleven member Board of Directors and an Executive Director.

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