"Ferme Guyon is much more than just a farm or market. A place to learn, discover and sample products, it's a genuine experience. We invite people to get in touch with nature in a festive and educational setting."
CHAMBLY, QC, April 25, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of the official opening of the 2012 season at Ferme Guyon, André and Sébastien Dion, the farm's owners, today announced that they are welcoming a new partner to the company: chef Ricardo.
In operation since 2010, Ferme Guyon features a nursery, production greenhouses, an educational farm, an aviary with more than 500 butterflies, a restaurant which is scheduled to open in mid-May and, since March, a market garden, inspired by farmer's markets in the United States.
"The Farm is a unique destination, where visitors from the city can discover the world of market gardeners and artisans who work with locally grown products. It's probably the only place in Quebec where they can learn about the different cultivars of tomatoes, buy tomato plants for their own garden, buy freshly picked tomatoes or enjoy a tomato quiche prepared on site," said André and Sébastien Dion.
In the 2012 season, Ferme Guyon's customers can visit the farmers' market featuring fresh and processed regional products, and meet local growers and artisans. This new 28,000-square-foot market features a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, deli meats, baked goods, a large selection of Quebec-grown products as well as a florist and herbalist's shop.
Ricardo, a leading figure on Canada's culinary scene, was fascinated by the concept of Ferme Guyon, a unique place dedicated to promoting indigenous horticulture and local growers. He is actively involved in selecting and marketing products at the farm.
"Since I'm very interested in the phenomenon of urban agriculture, I was immediately drawn to the idea of joining forces with a company that offers visitors both a culinary experience and contact with the nature that contributed to creating it," said Ricardo. "I'm delighted to join a company run by a family with a long history in Quebec, which has contributed to developing and raising the profile of our region," he concluded.
Located in Chambly, at the junction of highways 10 and 35, just minutes from downtown Montreal, Ferme Guyon is open seven days a week and invites visitors aged seven to 77 to come spend an hour or an entire day.
About Ferme Guyon's origins
Ferme Guyon was founded by André Dion, a seasoned entrepreneur, who was CEO of RONA from 1975 to 1990, and went on to found and head Unibroue from 1991 to 2004. He developed the concept with his sons, Sébastien and Jean-François, who are also co-owners. They named the farm in honour of Jean Guyon, earliest ancestor of the Dions in New France and one of the first colonists to farm in Quebec.
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