Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Carron Farms Ltd.

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Carron Farms Ltd.

Jason Verkaik and MPP Ann Hoggarth

Customers love the beautiful red, purple, black, white, yellow and orange heirloom carrots grown at Carron Farms. But hand-sorting those veggies so each bag contained the full range of colours and the right sized carrots was becoming a real headache. To remedy those bagging blues, Carron Farms tracked down equipment in Europe that could be adapted to meet their needs. The first of its kind in Canada, the stainless steel system uses advanced computerized scales and sensors to ensure each retail-ready bag contains the right weight and colour combinations. Thanks to the efficient set-up, the farm's multicoloured carrots have made inroads into larger markets - a big win for heirloom food grown close to home.

Creation Date: November 18, 2014
Last Reviewed: November 18, 2014