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DeRuyck's Top of the Hill Farm
Contact: Dan and Fran DeRuyck
Address: Box 153 Treherne, MB, R0G 2V0
Email Address: dderuyck@mymts.net
Phone: 204-526-2066
About Us
Dan and Fran were both raised on farms, Dan outside of Swan Lake and Fran outside of Baldur. After they were married in 1986 they started farming together in 1988 on Dan's grandparents farm that was located north of Swan Lake. They then made the investment in 1993 to buy the farm they currently reside on. There they raised their children: Eric, Wayne, Holly, Lisa and Katie, into wonderful, responsible adults. They had a mixed farm with cows, pigs, a few chickens and grain, which they continue to raise today.
Dan and Fran turned to organic farming in 2004 because they didn't like chemicals and what they did to our bodies and the land they affected and quite frankly, it was expensive to use. They also began to raise Certified Organic grass-fed cattle and grains that they clean and process into flour and flakes on the farm. They also do custom grain cleaning and custom milling.
They believe in eating good, healthy food that is better for the environment and strive to grow better, safer food. They hope to help other farmers do the same in a sustainable way so that they can make a difference for the future generations.
Dan and Fran had initially become involved in Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative because they wanted help distributing their product, but they soon realized that it is such a great avenue to help others! Now, Dan and Fran want to help others and help the group of farmers that are a part of the Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative achieve their farm gate goals as well.
When it come to incorporating their own products into their cooking, Fran loves to use their oats in porridge, especially in the cooler months. Apart from that Fran loves to eat liver and onions with fresh garden potatoes and Dan enjoys roast beef, also with fresh garden potatoes. They also love fresh corn as a side dish or freshly baked multigrain buns. The kids love pasta and home-made pizza.
When it comes to farming, Dan loves the variety of farm work, from building and repairing, fencing, to doing chores and playing music. Whereas Fran loves to spend time with their five grandchildren and to play music with the instruments: the clarinet, guitar, piano, banjo and the saxophone! They love every aspect of farm life and their products reflect that love and make their customers all the more happy in the end.
"We believe in community service, helping others and keeping our rural communities alive!"
Practices
We are Certified Organic, following the strict rules of the Canadian Organic Standards. This means that we don't use any chemicals or synthetic fertilizers, hormones or antibiotics on our products. We are inspected anually by the Organic Producers Association of Manitoba (OPAM) endorsed inspectors and by the provincial inspectors.
With our grains, flours and flakes, we do try to eliminate as much cross-contamination as we can, however we do not claim to be a gluten free operation.