Taves Family Farms

Taves Family Farms is growing a new superfood: Goji Berry!

After inviting families to harvest their own apples, pick their own pumpkins and experience Taves Family Farm’s Applebarn’s attractions for nearly 30 years, the addition of goji berries (gojis) was made possible when Gojoy Berries Inc. owners Peter and Danise Breederland recently sold their farm in Aldergrove, BC and moved their plants to Taves Family Farms. 

Taves Family Farms

Having known the Taves for many years, and respecting their farming abilities, food philosophy and entrepreneurial spirit, the Breederlands asked if they would ‘take the baton’ and continue growing their goji berries.

The Breederland’s in-depth knowledge of growing gojis and the legacy of their signature plants are now part of Taves Farms. Gojoy Berries Inc. was the only farm to grow goji berries on a conventional scale in Canada. Given the berries’ fragility, the Breederlands beat all odds when successfully growing this berry. Dutch farmers rule!

Taves Family Farms

According to Loren Taves, owner of Taves Family Farms, “Adding goji berries was a natural fit as we have been growing niche, artisan crops since the late 1980’s. We began with gooseberries, added white, pink, red, and black currants and, now, we have gojis as well. We are honoured to have Gojoy Berries’ plants and welcome new visitors to our farm. This berry will be a welcomed addition to the unique crops that are grown in Abbotsford.”

Goji Berry U-Pick is available from Thursday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free and although it’s just a five-minute stroll to the goji fields (passing the beautiful sunflower patch and apple orchard), visitors are welcome to board a shuttle ($2.00) to the picking field.

Taves Family Farms

With the purchase of a Pick and Play Pass ($4.50 adults; $6.50 kids, including shuttle), visitors are also welcome to enjoy both giant jumping pillows and petting farm.

Additional products for sale include frozen gojis, smoothie booster packages (containing gojis and a blend of locally sourced, seasonal fruit) and goji berry trees.

Taves Family Farms is located at 333 Gladwin Road in Abbotsford, BC. For more information, visit Taves Family Farms online or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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