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2010 Regional Award Winner
Moyer and Rowe Family Farms - Niagara Region, Wellington and Lambton Counties
Paul Moyer, Amber Guibis, Ted McMeekin,
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.