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.
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.
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’sVanishing Vegetables video receives on YouTube. Since November 9, more than 43,000 views have been tallied.
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.
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.
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 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.
Thursday 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.