Ferme des Moissons: Fresh Garlic, the Spice of Life
A Question of BalanceDaniel and Judith, both in their fifties, started working together after completing their college education. That was about 30 years ago. Judith oversees the production in the field, while Daniel manages the kiosk and deliveries. The secret to their success as farmers as well as a couple? Balance. “The fact that he takes care of the market and I take care of the field, it’s like we each have our own office,” says Judith. The duo is constantly in touch, “We talk 1,000 times a day to manage the operations,” laughs Judith. But when the day comes to an end, after long work hours, the tandem moves on. “Over the years, we’ve taken steps to enjoy a more balanced life. For example, we close the kiosk on Mondays. It gives us a little weekend to recharge our batteries and keep the passion alive. Once the workday is over, we have to have a life too,” adds Daniel. This busy lifestyle didn’t prevent Judith and Daniel from having children, two young adults now in their twenties. The offspring are not interested in taking over the family business for the moment. A prospect that doesn’t overly concern the parents. “They just finished their studies. They won’t take over just now, but they could decide to sometime later,” says Judith. “Whatever they decide is OK with us,” adds her husband. “It’s their choice. In life, it’s important to do what you love most. We’ve told them, if you decide to come back to the farm, we’ll work longer to help you. And if you don’t, we might just retire sooner!”
Quick Questions to Daniel BraisDescribe the market’s vibe in a few words… A nice friendly atmosphere, it’s like a small village! A product one must get at your kiosk? Garlic, of course! And the French beans are increasingly popular. What motivates you to get up so early in the morning? Because I have to! I enjoy setting up a welcoming kiosk before my customers arrive. It’s become my daily routine. Text by Benoit Valois-Nadeau, magazine Caribou Translated by Marie-Andrée Parent Photos by Dominique Viau, BODOÜM photographie
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Producers, merchants and artisans together make up the Montréal Public Markets’ extended family. For years, often for generations, they’ve been getting up early, experimenting, sometimes starting over, nurturing, harvesting and flourishing! Day after day, they stand proudly behind their stalls as if by their own dining-room table, inviting us to feast. They’re the heart and soul of the markets – their very essence – and the reason we keep coming back. The Family Portrait series aims to pay tribute to all the pillars of our public markets.This project is funded through the Programme Proximité of the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation, a program implemented under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership according to an agreement between the governments of Canada and Québec.