Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2010 Regional Award Winner


Moyer and Rowe Family Farms - Niagara Region, Wellington and Lambton Counties

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John Rowe, Amber Guibis, Ted McMeekin, MPP and Paul Moyer

Paul Moyer, Amber Guibis, Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
and John Rowe

In the Niagara Region where it takes four years to pick the first peach, the Moyer and Rowe Family Farms needed a crop with a quicker return on investment. So they planted wheat between the rows of peach trees. They chose Red Fife, the ancestor of most of the wheat grown in Canada and a variety that is much in demand these days. With a stone mill from Belgium and a commercial pasta machine from Montreal, they turned this heritage wheat into fresh pasta, which is sold at farmers' markets, retail outlets and soon, direct to restaurants. By milling small batches, they are able to retain the wheat germ, resulting in a pasta with a high level of bio-available vitamins and nutrients.

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