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New $4M Processing System for Peak of the Market

By Tyler Sutherland

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Peak of the Market, 1200 King Edward Street

Peak of the Market will utilize a new $4 million food processing system to increase efficiently in shipping Manitoba-grown vegetables to consumers.

The provincial and federal government contributed funding to the new equipment, which is expected to increase productivity by 30 percent, reduce vegetable bruising and damage to ensure higher quality produce for consumers, and create a better environment for staff.

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Manitoba Kids to Fundraise with Local Veggies

By Sarah Klein

School children in the province will have the ability to fundraise through a new joint government initiative to sell bulk vegetables.

The Farm to School Manitoba Healthy Choice Fundraiser (FSMHCF) is open to all licensed child care facilities and schools grades K-12 in Manitoba.

Sponsored by the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Association of Home Economists (MAHE) and Peak of the Market, FSMHCF gives schools and daycares the opportunity to fundraise by selling bundles of locally grown potatoes, carrots, onions, parsnips and cabbage in $10 or $20 bundles, with schools and daycares retaining 50 percent of total sales.

The project started as a pilot in 2010 and had 66 schools on board. Last year, 268 schools participated, with the goal this year to have 475 schools registered. The end result will be to distribute 1.2 million pounds of vegetables to families and communities across Manitoba.

Orders will be accepted starting September 12 for FSMHCF.

YouTube Hits Adding Up for Winnipeg Harvest Donations

An initiative between Winnipeg Harvest and Peak of the Market to collect fresh vegetables for the food bank is continuing to gain momentum.

Peak of the Market has pledged to donate 10 pounds of veggies for every view local magician Brian Glow’s Vanishing Vegetables video receives on YouTube. Since November 9, more than 43,000 views have been tallied.

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In the video, the world-renowned illusionist performs several tricks in front of Peak of the Market president Larry McIntosh.

“That kind of magic can really grow on a person,” Winnipeg Harvest executive director David Northcott said. “I wish we could make food magically appear for everyone who is hungry.”

Up to half a million pounds of vegetables will be donated during the campaign.

Plenty of Fun at Peak of the Market Today

Plenty of Fun at Peak of the Market Today

Peak of the Market is holding its 14th annual Family Fun Day today at its headquarters just north of the airport.

A full day of activities are planned at 1200 King Edward Street, with donations encouraged to provide support for Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba.

From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., a free potato pancake breakfast will be served with your choice of coffee or hot chocolate. The breakfast will be prepared by Chef Craig Guenther.

At 11 a.m., a free pork-on-a-bun, potato salad, coleslaw and fresh carrot lunch will be offered until 2 p.m.

A free petting zoo with pony rides and tours of Peak of the Market’s packing and distribution centre will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free public parking is available at Red River College’s west lot. Peak of the Market will have two air conditioned shuttle buses running throughout the day to take visitors to and from their vehicles.

The festivities wrap up at 5 p.m.

Goldeyes Offer Flood Victims Free Game Tickets

Goldeyes Offer Flood Victims Free Game Tickets

The Winnipeg Goldeyes will be providing up to four complimentary tickets to anyone affected by the spring/summer flooding in Manitoba.

The baseball club has teamed up with Peak of the Market for the initiative, which will offer tickets in the On Deck or Grand Slam sections of Shaw Park during the Goldeyes’ home stand against the St. Paul Saints July 2 to 5.

“It’s been a frustrating and tough spring for a lot of people in Manitoba,” Goldeyes GM Andrew Collier said. “The Goldeyes recognize the many challenges faced by the victims of the flooding and hopefully we can bring some joy to them, if only for a few hours.”

Tickets will be offered to individuals at the Shaw Park ticket office by simply providing identification and a request. Tickets will be available to any of the four games played during the home stand.

13th Annual Peak of the Market Family Fun Day

13th Annual Peak of the Market Family Fun Day

By Sarah Klein

A free potato pancake breakfast, petting zoo and pony rides — just some of the activities planned at Peak of the Market on Thursday.

The 13th Annual Family Fun Day runs all day tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free activities with any donation to Child Find Manitoba.

The potato pancake breakfast will take place between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., with the petting zoo and pony rides available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a free perogy, corn on the cob and fresh carrot lunch will be served.

All activities will take place on the Peak of the Market lawn at 1200 King Edward Street at Dublin.

Big Victory for Small Manitoba Potato Farmers

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A deal has been cut between Peak of the Market and the Potato Coalition of Manitoba, which will allow for small potato growers to be exempt from strict guidelines set in place for selling their product in the province.

The agreement will not only benefit the two parties at the forefront of it, but potato producers, farmers markets, restaurants and small independent retailers.

Small potato growers of 5 acres or less and small root crop producers of 1 acre or less can sell year-round to all farmers markets, small independent retail, road side stands and restaurants. The exemption also removes requirements for obtaining a permit from Peak of the Market before selling their product.

The agreed upon exemption went into effect immediately after it was announced on Friday.

“The Potato Coalition of Manitoba is very pleased that Manitoba small potato farmers have better year-round access to the marketplace,” said Erin Crampton, owner of Crampton’s Farm Produce Market on Waverley Street. “Farmers markets, restaurants and small independent grocery stores are thrilled with the outcome.”

Peak of the Market Increases Goal to Help Haiti

By Sarah Klein

Peak of the Market has almost reached their first goal of $40,000 for the Canadian Red Cross to help relief efforts in Haiti.

The Winnipeg vegetable distributor announced two weeks ago that every bag purchased of Peak of the Market vegetables until February 28 would yield a 20 cent donation to the Red Cross.

On Monday, their total already stands at $36,000.

“We’re thrilled to be at $36,000 and have now increased our goal to $50,000 which is possible with this week left,” said Larry McIntosh, President and CEO, in a news release.

This will be Peak of the Market’s single largest cash donation in their 68 year history.

Family Fun Day ‘Peaks’ Interest

Peak of the Market held their 12th annual Family Fun Day on Thursday. The morning didn’t get off to a very good start, but it cleared up in the afternoon. Hundreds turned out to grab some free lunch, which included perogies and corn on the cob.

Almost $9,000 was raised to help Child Find Manitoba.

Watch highlights below:

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12th Annual Peak of the Market Family Fun Day

By Sarah Klein

Peak of the MarketThursday is Peak of the Market’s annual Fun Day at their headquarters at 1200 King Edward Street. The fun begins bright and early at 7 a.m. with a free potato pancake breakfast, as well as free coffee and hot chocolate from Tim Horton’s. Yummy!

The festivities wrap up at 5 p.m. after a day filled with events for all ages, including pony rides, games and a free perogy and corn on the cob lunch.

Thursday looks to be just as hot as predicted, so make sure you slap on some sunscreen.

View a complete schedule of the day’s events.