Vendor Profile: The Squash Queen

Smiling Shannon the Squash Queen at the Market.What started as a nickname has now become a family-run market garden and small-scale pork operation.

Shannon and Dan Vanlenthe live in what Dan proclaims is “God’s Country.” South Gillies, 40 km south of Thunder Bay, is a mecca of warm weather dotted with small farms and lots of families. Shannon has grown up gardening – it’s in the blood – and spent the summers of her youth employed at local greenhouses.  She always knew she wanted land of her own to continue growing her plants, veggies, animals and her skill-set.  Dan was raised at a goat and dairy cow farm and owned his own team of work horses at the age of 14.

Together with their 5 children they grow a variety of vegetables, operate a bedding plant greenhouse and raise pigs both as meat-for-sale and, as they grow, Nature’s best roto-tillers to turn up more gardens.  Visit Shannon and Dan at their bright orange tent outside the market to see what’s in season.

Shannon and Dan Vanlenthe
939-1013
sdvanlenthe@tbaytel.net

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