Vendor: The Squash Queen
Location on Market Map: Outside Seasonally Saturdays Only
What’s available? Seasonal fresh vegetables & produce, bedding plants & flowers, and pasture raised pork & pork hot dogs.
Retail it: They also have approval to sell local Breukelman’s Potato Farm (potatoes) and Hunt Farms (watermelon, eggplant, cantalope, as available)
Shannon and Dan Vanlenthe live in what Dan proclaims is “God’s Country.” South Gillies, 40 km south of Thunder Bay, is a mecca of warm weather dotted with small farms and lots of families. Shannon has grown up gardening – it’s in the blood – and spent the summers of her youth employed at local greenhouses. She always knew she wanted land of her own to continue growing her plants, veggies, animals and her skill-set. Dan was raised on a goat and dairy cow farm and owned his own team of work horses at the age of 14.
Together with their 5 children they grow a variety of vegetables, operate a bedding plant greenhouse and raise pigs both as meat-for-sale and, as they grow, Nature’s best roto-tillers to turn up more gardens. Visit Shannon and Dan outside the market to see what’s in season.