Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Pyramid Farm and Ferments

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Photo of Alex Currie, Jenny Empey and MPP Lou Rinaldi

Alex Currie, Jenny Empey and MPP Lou Rinaldi

There's lots of innovation fermenting - quite literally - in Prince Edward County these days. At Pyramid Farm and Ferments, Alex Currie and Jenna Empey have revived the lost art of making sauerkraut, sauerruben and other fermented vegetables. Drawing on traditional Ukrainian recipes from the 1900s, the pair has successfully commercialized a lactobacillus-based fermentation process. No vinegar or chemicals are required. Only cabbage, beets and other locally grown veggies go into their products. The result? Handcrafted products that the LCBO Food and Drink magazine calls "winter must-haves." Currie and Empey have doubled their income between 2012 and 2013. To keep up with booming demand, they are now planning new fermentation tanks to expand their production capacity eight fold.

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