Dairy Sweet Holsteins
Dairy Sweet Holsteins Ltd came into being when John and Debbie Wesselius purchased the farm from his parents in 2000. John emigrated to Canada in 1983 with his family to start farming on this farm. When we started out we were milking 85 cows. Over the last 18 years we have expanded the barn three times with our largest expansion in 2017. We currently milk 250 cows in a 40 stall rotary milking parlor and milk three times per day.
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Mike Timani, president of Fancy Pokket, arrived in Toronto from Lebanon in 1976. After several years in the food and beverage industry, he opened a small bakery in Moncton, New Brunswick to supply the pita bread for the restaurant he opened the very next day.
The following twenty-seven years have been a classic entrepreneurial success story marked by hard work, steady growth, continuous improvement, physical expansion and a major investment in technology.
Today, Fancy Pokket is Atlantic Canada’s largest producer of pita bread, bagels and tortilla wraps
Magnetic Hill Winery
Jeff and Janet didn’t originally set out to be winemakers. Like other farmers, though, they were frustrated by their constant battle with what Jeff calls the “Four Too’s”. Too wet, too dry, too hot, and too cold.
The couple spent much of 1996 and 1997 brainstorming ways to remain active in agriculture, which they loved. As it happens, this was precisely the time the provincial government opened the doors to farm-based cottage wineries. The Everetts decided to use the produce of their popular berry farm – Utopia U-pick – and develop a winery.
The original plan had been to host the winery on their existing farm, but destiny intervened. A vacant 1867 estate beside the Magnetic Hill theme park became available. To the Everetts, the combination of the house, the spectacular view of Moncton, and its location next to the area’s premier tourist attraction made it an irresistible part of their plans. This would be the home of their winery and the restoration project began.
The winery opened in 2005. The couple is now expanding the property to include an on-site vineyard as well as a selection of grape wines, while continuing the tradition of winemaking with different local fruits and flowers, just as their ancestors would have done a century ago.