From earth to blooms...
St Leon Gardens was started in 1979 in the beautiful little town of St.Leon situated in the heart of Pembina Valley 150 km south west of Winnipeg. It all started as a youth entrepreneurial project with the objective of keeping the kids in town busy & to teach the fundamental rules of running a small business.
The beginnings were very humble and idealistic. We started our youth project with a small 15 x 30 ft. greenhouse, a 4 acre plot of garden, and 20 young ambitious entrepreneurs ranging from 10 to 16 years old. For a few summers, things were working quite smoothly. The kids in the project were still interested, a few greenhouses had been built, the gardens were producing good crops and some big stores in Winnipeg were purchasing our vegetables.
Unfortunately, a few unexpected events bought us back to the harsh reality of the real world. In 1989 the lake from which we irrigated dried up & eventually forced us to change direction. We sold everything at a very emotional auction in June 1990, relocated to Winnipeg where we took a few part time jobs to put us back on our feet. We then found a nice little empty lot at 419 St. Mary’s Rd. and the rest is history…
We thank you so much for the journey
- Lise Mulaire and Denis Rémillard
In 2016, it was time to pass the torch. As the next generation grew up surrounded by local food and the bustle of the market, we finally sold the business.
Our three kids: Janelle, Luc, Colin, and our nephew Daniel took over ownership of the business with delight and ambition for the future.
They carry forward our original mission envisioned when we first started St-Léon Gardens in 1979. The goal remains to make local food as accessible as can be.
We strive to supply the surrounding community with delicious locally grown fruits and veggies at an affordable price, while supporting local producers. During the season, we are open 7 days a week in an attempt to keep local food unrestricted and easily accessible for anyone.
We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everybody who has helped us along the way, and continue to do so every year. We thank you for helping us create this unique outdoor farm market located at the heart of Winnipeg. We invite you all to come and visit us at Jardins St-Léon Gardens.
With hope for good weather
- Denis, Lise, Daniel, Janelle, Luc, and Colin