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, and then relocated in Winnipeg and 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
For many years, we have used our signature expression REAL on all the food items that are locally produced. Why, you may ask? When we were young, our French –Canadian grand-parents would tell us to go to the garden and get us: “une vraie tomate”; a REAL tomato. That`s why we write REAL on everything that is produced or grown in Manitoba.
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, in creating this unique outdoor market. We invite you all to come and visit us at Jardins St-Léon Gardens.
With hope for good weather
- Daniel, Janelle, Luc, and Colin Rémilllard