Background and History

SunRise Produce Farm is among the progressive and sustainable potato producers in Ontario. It is located in Alliston, which is the provinceís largest potato producing region; an hourís drive away from Toronto. The farm is owned and operated by Dr. Peter VanderZaag and Carla VanderZaag, who worked on potatoes in developing countries for many years before starting their own potato farm in Canada.

Objectives

Production
  • To produce high quality processing and fresh market potatoes following a sustainable but profitable management practices using the conventional and organic methods.
  • To produce high quality chipping potatoes for long-term storage that could be supplied to the processing industry all-year round.
  • To produce other rotation crops such as spelt, wheat, soybeans and corn.
Research
  • To develop and select new chipping potato varieties that can tolerate long-term storage and still process favorably and also new fresh market potato varieties that can be grown under minimum input and/or organic method.
  • To improve present management practices and cropping system to make potato production more sustainable.
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Mail
:5990 Simcoe County
 
:Road 15
 
:RR#3 Alliston,
 
:ONTARIO L9R 1V3
 
:CANADA
E-Mail
:sunrisepotato@earthlink.net
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