Local Strawberries

 

 

Picked Fresh at Maan Farms

 

 

For many Lower Mainland residents, local strawberries are more than a delicious treat. Their early season, when compared to most other summer fruits, is a harbinger of changing seasons, fast-approaching summer evenings on the patio, blueberries, raspberries, and the belle of the ball, Okanagan fruit.

Meridian sources local strawberries from a small handful of select farms, but our main provider, and Fraser Valley favourite, is Maan Farms in Abbotsford.

About Maan Farms

  • Started in 1977 by Jawahar and Gurbachan Maan (Grandma and Grandpa)
  • First roadside stand opened in 1982
  • Currently co-owned by their son, Kris, and his wife, Devinder
  • Third generation of the family now leads Maan's management
  • Corn-maze and pumpkin patch added in 2006
  • Estate winery introduced in 2013
  • Farm weddings launched in 2016

Read more about Maan Farms

 

Fun Facts and a Bit of History

  • Strawberries have been a treasured fruit throughout Europe for thousands of years.
  • They were much sought after by Henry VIII and other royalty in England and France
  • European explorers were amazed when they found different species of strawberries in the Americas. Cross-breeding the varieties soon followed.
  • There are more than 100 species and varieties of strawberries today. The quest for the perfect version continues.

Nutrition and Health Facts

  • Strawberries are over 90% water making the carb count relatively low
  • They're loaded with vitamin C, B9, manganese, and potassium
  • They're packed with antioxidants and plant compounds
  • Certain studies show that berry consumption leads to improved heart health and blood-sugar levels

Visit your nearest Meridian Farm Market while strawberry season is here!

 

 

A huge thank you to the family and team at Maan Farms. While they are our primary provider of strawberries we do work with other farms based on location, market conditions, and ultimately what is best for Meridian's customers.

 

 

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