About Ferme du ZéphyrFerme du Zéphyr has existed since 1997 (then called Le Potager du Chef). Stephen Homer, a photographer turned farmer, began selling speciality vegetables to Montreal restaurants and, gradually, to individuals through a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) project with delivery locations in the NDG district of Montreal and in Pointe Claire, on Montreal’s West Island.
The farm now has a long-term lease on 23 acres of zoned agricultural land in the beautiful municipality of Senneville on Montreal’s West Island.
The farm is situated on rolling land overlooking Lake of Two Mountains. Its soil is a rocky but rich St. Bernard loam, deep and well drained. The property is scattered with small fields originally cleared and cultivated by the Morgan family, illustrious entrepreneurs who established the famous Morgan’s department store in downtown Montreal. In the forested sections you see examples of rare Carolinean hardwoods, species endangered in Canada: Shagbark and Bitternut Hickory, Black Walnut and Bur Oak.
As of 2012 the farm has two large greenhouses and one field tunnel and cultivates about 6 acres of vegetables. Ferme du Zephyr has become well known for its late summer heirloom tomatoes of all colors and shapes: black, purple, orange, yellow, red, and striped. We also produce the best arugula to be found in Montreal.
The farm grows a wide variety of well known and specialty vegetables. We are known for our flavorful heirloom varieties of tomato, pepper, and squash. We are a highly regarded grower of baby arugula greens for the Montreal restaurant trade.
The farm markets its vegetables through a 250-member Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) project and to a variety of restaurants and retail stores. We offer both summer and winter CSA shares to the NDG district of Montreal and to Pointe Claire on Montreal's West Island.
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