LUNENBURG – Earlier today, Aug. 21, Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, joined by Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, were at Brenda’s Veggies to congratulate them on their commitment to growing and selling delicious, high quality local food by awarding them with a Local Food Champion certificate.
“We have some of the best farmers in the province. Kevin and Brenda of Brenda’s Veggies are just two of our many great entrepreneurs who are taking agriculture to the next level,” said MPP Jim McDonell.
“Awarding Local Food Champions is a celebration of our hard working farmers, food processors and entrepreneurs who are committed to ensuring more local food is available for everyone in their community,” said Minister Ernie Hardeman. “When we buy local food, we are making a choice for Ontario – for our families, our communities and our economy. There’s nothing better than fresh, delicious Ontario food that’s grown and made across this province.”
Brenda’s Veggies is a natural grown garden that does not apply sprays, pesticides or fertilizers. Brenda Labelle and Kevin Waldroff have been growing vegetables in two large gardens for the past few years. Brenda’s Veggies are regular vendors at the farmers’ markets in Cornwall and Long Sault.
“We really enjoy growing our healthy produce and then, even better, sharing healthy food to those who don’t have access to it (such as care homes),” said Kevin, who has been gardening since the age of 10.
“When we go to their place, the residents are so thrilled about it, when they see these bright, red tomatoes – seeing that is so rewarding,” said Brenda, who also includes family in their operation.