Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2010 Regional Award Winner


MacKellar Farms - Lambton County

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Maria Van Bommel and Jacob MacKellar

Maria Van Bommel and Jacob MacKellar

When Jacob MacKellar was looking for a value-added product to supplement his 3,000 acre cash crop operation, he chose edamame, which is a type of soybean harvested in the pod right before it reaches the "hardening" stage. It is a popular food in Asia and, increasingly, in North America that is consumed as a snack or as a vegetable dish, used in soups or processed into sweets. This non-traditional crop replaces imports and provides excellent returns. Industry representatives project a 500,000 pound market in the next few years, and McKellar will be ahead of the pack, with a planned harvest of 100,000 pounds in 2011.

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