Do you know where your food comes from? This is a question that the Hulleman family is passionate about helping you answer! As dairy farmers for the last 18 years, Moniek and Martijn Hulleman, along with their four children (Marissa Lee, Matthew, Marnix, and Myron), are very familiar with the impact farmers have on a community’s food sources.
Their new venture, ‘Hulleman Farms Country Store & Market Garden’ began this summer to expand their services and provide new opportunities for neighbours, customers, and visitors to become familiar with the farming process.
After building a greenhouse this spring, the Hullemans prepared and planted 3500 feet of low-till, drip-irrigated vegetable beds. Next, they added a kid-friendly space with a garden and a small greenhouse for exploring.
Agri-tourism was another industry that Moniek wanted to pursue, as people are becoming more interested in learning about the ‘farm to fork’ process of where their food comes from. With a diploma in Greenhouse Management & Production from Olds College, Moniek not only has an education in this field but also the passion to go along with it. Her enthusiasm was a huge driver in the family pursuing their new project.
One of the unique things that customers and visitors can do at Hulleman Farms is to participate in a guided tour. After wandering through the market garden, visitors can learn about the modern dairy farm which includes robotic milking. The Hullemans will explain the milking process as well as the process around feeding and breeding.
Once the visitors have learned a few new things in the barn, they can check out the country store to try a few new products! In addition to the Hulleman childrens’ 4-H beef, shoppers can find preserves, cheeses, pork, lamb, poultry, yogurt, eggs, giftware, soaps, and more. When in season, the harvested vegetables from the market garden are also available. While you can’t always get your fresh veggies, you can go home with the other products any time as the store is open year-round!
As a nod to their Dutch heritage, there is a large variety of specially imported products. Except for these and a few other items, the goods are sourced locally from within Alberta with many coming from within a hundred kilometres away. Collaboration with other local farms and businesses is essential and is why you’ll find goods from many other local folks at the store.
Always dreaming of the future, Moniek says there are more plans than she can begin to mention but did share that their vision “is to create a safe space for people to connect with modern ways of farming.” If you and your family are looking for ways to connect with the growers and producers behind your food, a visit to Hulleman Farms is a great place to start.
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