At Stevanus Family Farm we like to take time out to educate people, of all ages and sizes, on rural farm life. When given the opportunity there are many aspects of farming that people find fascinating.

Questions  like;

* How many different ways are there to plant vegetables ?

* Whta vegetables grow in the ground and what vegetables grow above the ground ?

* Why don’t vegetables grow all year round in Ontario?

* Can farmers make vegetables grow all year round ?

* Can you eat garlic right out of the garden ? What does it taste like ?

* Why do fruits and vegetables need bees ?

* Where do bees live ?

* Where does honey come from & what does it look like before it goes in a jar?

* How many people does it take to grow one acre of vegetables ?

* How big is an acre ?

and so on …..

The answers to these questions may surprise you.


Many people that come to work on our farm are learning as they work. There are many questions and many new experiences to be shared.

By the end of the summer or fall most workers on the farm walk away with a new appreciation for the food they eat and for the foods they never tried before.

We, as farmers, learn as well form the experience of working together and sharing stories.


Tomatoes and peppers originated from  tropical climates.

Potatoes originated from South America, then travelled to Europe and the British Isles, then to North America.

The history of cabbage was first recorded in Asia. The Chinese made kim chi (similar to sauerkraut)  and used it to feed their armies when they travelled on their conqests.

The hottest known hot pepper is called a Scorpion pepper, the closest runner up is called a Ghost pepper.  Heat units for hot peppers are measured in Scoville (sc) heat units. For example: A Cayanne pepper scores around 4,000 sc; a Ghost pepper scores 1,000,000 sc; a Scorpion pepper scores around 1,800,00 sc. Now that’s HOT !

Hot peppers are very healthy for you IF you can stand the hest. They are very nutritious and packed full of vitamins.