Raspberries - 6oz (CA)
Local Sustainable Raspberries!
Tom Kalman’s local sustainable raspberries are renowned for their quality and flavour. Since 1990, Tom is the second generation to farm his family land in Aylmer, ON. It is notoriously difficult and expensive to develop and maintain a commercial certified organic fruit farm in Southwestern Ontario. Because of On The Move Organics’ rigid policies around organic certification for fresh produce, we have never offered fresh local raspberries - until now.
Simply put, we would not offer non-certified organic fruit unless we were absolutely convinced that the land stewardship practices employed were sustainable. Tom employs an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy that relies on a continual experimentation with natural and organic methods, with intentionally timed agricultural inputs used as sparsely as possible. He works hard to only use conventional means when absolutely necessary, with applications timed as far from harvest as possible. Tom is currently experimenting with neem oil and lavender extract as pesticide treatments. He has experienced good results so far, but will require some after-harvest conventional applications to deal with the growing Japanese beetle issues of our area. Tom’s mindful approach to land stewardship shows a notable level of concern for both the health of the land and his customers, and we’re proud to add his raspberries to our offering this year.
The Kalman Family once farmed over 30 acres of raspberries and asparagus. They are now managing 2 acres of exclusively raspberries with intensive care and passion that we would hope for from our stewards of the land.