Dave and Monica Turta run Rainbow Acres near Devon, Alberta. Though their customers often associate Rainbow Acres with their famous carrots and carrot products, Dave and Monica grow arguably one of the most diverse crop offerings in the province.
Their fruit and berry crops include: raspberries, high bush cranberries, haskap berries, sour cherries, strawberries, gooseberries, grapes, blackberries, goji berries, rose hips, saskatoons, blueberries, chokecherries, black currants, sea buckthorn, apples, pears, plums and apricots.
Along with their famous carrots, they grow a variety of vegetables including: potatoes, celery, leek, chard, beets, celeriac, brussels sprouts, cucumbers, zucchini, onions, garlic and squash.
They have been a fixture at Old Strathcona Farmers' Market since the early 1990s.
Rainbow Acres Farms Differently:
From Dave's own market garden specific equipment to their modified old granary pack house, Dave and Monica are masters at making use of materials to fit their needs. This kind of innovation is part of what makes their operation so unique.
Their incredible variety of crops is a result of their eagerness to try anything new that comes to their attention. They like to "dabble" in many crops to see what will thrive on their land and add to their already diverse produce offerings. Anytime something new comes up, they want to try it out.
When they started in 1989, Dave and Monica were cautioned against doing fruits and veggies at the same time because their harvest seasons overlapped. While it can be an intense work load, they've been making it work for years. While most of their fruit is used in processing their delicious jams, jellies and juices, in her commercial kitchen Monica also processes many of the veggies that are leftover from market. To make sure none of their product ever goes to waste, Rainbow Acres regularly donates left over fresh produce to the Edmonton and Leduc Food Banks.