Holland Marsh plays a major role in Ontario’s food economy annually, bringing in $130 million for its carrots, $160 million for its onions, and $160 million for its greens.
Though the Holland Marsh is already an extraordinarily productive region of Ontario farmland, farmers there are ushering in a new era of agricultural sensitivity, doing their part to become more environmentally sustainable and finding new markets for their products.
Holland Marsh farmers, in collaboration with local packers and processors, are shifting fresh vegetable production from a largely export market to the local market. They are diversifying crop production and implementing more sustainable growing practices through Local Food Plus certification and other changes. Additionally, the entire distribution chain is being shortened through the processing and packaging of food products directly within the Holland Marsh.