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Sep 13

Organic Week

Posted by Springbrook Cranberry

Canada Organic Week is coming September 21-28!

  

We will be celebrating organic week at Boyce Farmers' Market on September 28, 2013.  Be among the first 50 people who purchase a product from us at our booth and you will receive an 8 oz bag of fresh organic cranberries.

For more information about what is going on in New Brunswick visit www.organicweek.ca.


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May 09

In the Local Paper - The Daily Gleaner

Posted by Springbrook Cranberry

 

Fredericton Daily Gleaner 05/09/2013, Page A01


Cranberry farmer hopes juice market will be sweet



Downturn
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Price has fallen from $1.72 a pound to less than 45 cents a pound 

By LAVERNE STEWART
 

stewart.laverne@dailygleaner.com 


A glut of cranberries on the market across North America has drastically reduced the price growers receive for their fruit. 

The economic downturn in Europe has also hurt the prices cranberry growers can get for their crops. 

Larry Nason, who owns Springbrook Cranberry Inc., knows the hardship of the drop in crop prices. In 2008, he said, he received $1.72 per
 pound for his cranberries. Now the price has dropped between 35 and 45 cents for organic cranberries, he said. At this price point, he said, the business isn't making money. 

'Our costs, because there is so much labour involved, are anywhere from 35 to 40 cents per pound. It leaves us nothing to pay on our debt load,' he said. 

However, he and the rest of the family are determined to keep going. He said he's optimistic for the future of the family business 'if we can hang on for a while longer, and I know we can.' 'It's just going to be tough because
 

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Sep 18

Watching Organic Cranberries Grow

Posted by Springbrook Cranberry

This year our organic cranberries are in fine form. With less than a month to harvest we are getting excited and prepared for all the planning and heavy labour that comes at the end of the growing season. This year's season began really early with the March heat wave melting the little bit of ice and snow left from winter. April and May had us watching the plants to make sure that the cold didn’t hurt the buds that were ready to become our hearty organic cranberries.  June was spent watching those buds turn into pretty pink blossoms just waiting for the bees to pollinate.  July brought us the results of all the bees hard work ~ pinheads (early berries).  We spent the month feeding and watering the berries so they would develop.  August is a relatively quiet month as we watch the fruit grow and ripen with just a little watering and weeding.  The cool September temperatures bring the dark red colour and means we spend our time watching to make sure the berries aren’t hurt by the cold nights.  October is harvest month and the plants go dormant in preparation for winter.  Next year the whole cycle will begin again.


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May 21

April Travels Bring May Blogs

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This April, we had the opportunity to travel as a family to France, Belgium and England.  We tried to pack in as many tourist sites and activities as possible.  As a farm family our interest went beyond the typical tourist sites to the countryside and farm markets.  


Clockwise starting top right:  Larry and Kathy at Claude Monet Gardens, Giverny France; Organic Farmers’ Market, London UK; Normandy cow with her sunglasses on, Domaine de Saint-Hyppolyte Saint-Martin-de-la-Lieue France; Varlet Farm our fabulous B&B, near Ieper Belguim; Larry looking at a field of rape seed, Les Andelys France; Signage at Millets Farm Center about their local produce, Oxfordshire UK.


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Mar 01

Behind The Scenes At Springbrook

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Thanks for checking out springbrookcranberry.ca.  We would like to introduce the people behind Springbrook Cranberry Inc.  We are Larry, Kathy, Elizabeth and Rebekah Nason.

Farming has always been a passion for Larry, from childhood he was helping out on a farm.  Through the years he has had cattle, sheep and vegetables, including hothouse tomatoes and cucumbers.  He finally settled on cranberries in the late 90’s.  Over the next few years, he worked to grow and establish his farm.  He also enjoys the social aspects of farming and networking.

Kathy, Larry’s wife, brings 30+ years of business experience to SCI.  She’s takes care of the financial and promotional aspects.  She is the one to talk to if you are interested in buying or selling our products.  

Elizabeth, their eldest daughter, handles the accounting and helps wherever an extra set of hands are needed.  

Rebekah, returned to manage the farm after attaining her Master’s in Agriculture in 2007.  It was her passion for the environment and organics that prompted Larry to transition to organic. Upon her return, Larry and Rebekah also diversified the farm to include strawberries and raspberries.   

After a busy growing season we love to travel and experience new places.  We are always on the lookout for unique agricultural and gastronomic experiences.  We’ve encountered several places around the world, including China, Europe, Israel, New Zealand and North America. 

We look forward to sharing some of our adventures with you as well as keeping you up to date with what’s happening on our farm.


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