Sleepy G Farm: Ecologically-Raised Food
Off of Highway 11/17 east of Thunder Bay lies the small community of Pass Lake. It’s here where Sleepy G Farm owners Brendan Grant and
Marcelle Paulin have been farming for over 7 years. Building on their experience year after year, Sleepy G Farm has become a flourishing operation which provides clean, fresh and organic vegetables to market shoppers and many families in Thunder Bay and surrounding communities.
Brendan and Marcelle met while attending Lakehead University. While neither one of them had gown up on a farm, both had generated a keen interest in this line of work, specifically that linked to CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farming. In 2005, after much education and preparation, their interest led to reality. They purchased the Hansen family farm, a 170 acre (previously dairy) piece of property, 45 minutes east of Thunder Bay. Brendan and Marcelle worked hard to reclaim the land, install fencing and preparing the land to support vegetable crops. With a lot of research, trial and error and hard work to follow, Sleepy G Farm has become the thriving operation it is today. They produce an annual vegetable crop to support a 150 member vegetable CSA and grow for the Thunder Bay Country Market, as well as raise hens and have even begun a small beef herd of their own. This year has been their 7th growing season.
Sleepy G Farm has been with us at the market since 2010. They offer shoppers fresh, organic vegetables certified by EcoCert Canada (a leader in organic and environmental certification in the Canadian market). Brendan and Marcelle grow over 30 types of fresh, organic vegetables, including kale, zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes and leeks. Most popular have become their carrot bunches, multi-coloured carrot medley bags, as well as celery, parsnips, beets and a variety of greens. Sleepy G produce has become popular with many market shoppers and Sleepy G is proud to provide such fresh and high quality meal ingredients to those who choose to buy local and organic. Though shoppers will only find Sleepy G at Saturday markets from September until Christmas, many of their vegetables are also available throughout most of the summer months through their CSA vegetable membership program (learn more on their website at http://www.sleepygfarm.ca/the-
Sleepy G Farm has become and will continue to be a great asset to the community, suggesting that organic, small-scale agriculture has become a way of the future for many communities like ours. Be sure to stop by in person to see what else you can learn from these two hard-working individuals. Sleepy G’s booth is located outdoors while the weather permits. Afterwards, they usually setup in the back foyer of the building. Time is running out to purchase their selection of harvest goodies, so visit them at the market this week!