Fat Chance Farmstead offers local, certified organic produce

Josh Suppan in the strawberry patch at Fat Chance Farmstead in Harrowsmith. Photo by Nour Mazloum.

If you’re looking for certified organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs, it’s no ‘fat chance’ that you’ll find what you need at a family owned and operated farm in Harrowsmith.

Established in 2012, Fat Chance Farmstead is a small-scale fruit and vegetable farm operated by Josh Suppan and Jen Valberg. They are certified organic, and they’ve offered high quality healthy food to their customers through their Food Box program since 2018. For the couple, it’s all part of opening their farm to the community and providing healthy, local, and organic vegetables to their customers, as well as sharing the rural agricultural experience with their customers.

Suppan began working at an organic farm in Niagara on the Lake at age 13. At the time, this was just a way to earn some extra spending money and pass the summer hours outside. Now, he finds that the organic farming community and experiences are both friendly and unique.

Suppan and Valberg met in BC and moved to Kingston, where they noticed that there was a gap in the community when it came to organic agriculture. They love the small city scene and believe it is a great place to start and run a business.

Valberg attended Queen’s University where she studied commerce. She started two clothing businesses (Ghetto Tees and Donkey in a Basket), but never went to Toronto to work for a big company. Instead, she went on a cycling tour through northern Ontario, which led her to work in the non-profit sector. By 2011 Jen had a 1,000 sq. foot community garden plot, a pantry full of her own preserves, and soon became a part-time farmer. Valberg manages Fat Chance Farmstead’s shiitake mushroom production, and helps with strawberry picking on the weekends.

Their farm also opens for ‘u-pick’ strawberries from June to October annually, with a brief break during the hotter period.

To learn more visit the Fat Chance Farmstead website.

Nour is a recent Queen’s University graduate who majored in philosophy and minored in political studies. She is also Kingstonist’s resident latte lover, and constantly on the look out for new restaurants, cafes, and stores in the area. In her free time, Nour enjoys reading about politics, going to the gym, and running. Connect with Nour via email at [email protected].

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