We are proud to announce that Belanger Organic Farms veal will be coming back to The Big Carrot in 2017.
About Our Family Farm
The Belanger family has been in Canada since the settlement of New France in 1600. Thus began a tradition of farming in Quebec, Ontario, and other parts of Canada and the US. The Belanger Family Farm began in 1945 when Onesime Belanger
purchased the Belanger farm land land in Hillsdale, Ontario and began raising farm animals, dairying, baking and planting crops for the Ontario commercial food distribution system.
Since that time, three generations of Belanger men and their families have operated the farm that Onesime began.
His son, Eugene took over and then, Eugene’s son Peter followed and took up the family tradition of farming. Peter and his wife, Cathy and their 5 children took the farm from a small operation to one utilizing over 300 acres (owned and rented land).
Today, Peter’s son, Joshua Belanger proudly operates Belanger Organic Farm and has help from a large extended family. The Belanger homestead and farm has come a long way in just over 65 years, in size and in passion. From it’s humble beginnings where
the growing and harvesting methods were simple, and although the term wouldn’t be used for several decades, they were organic – no chemicals, no antibiotics, no pesticides, no growth additives and no genetically modified organisims.
Their traditional methods of farming finally came into it’s own with the advent of federal government ‘organic’ farm certification in the last decade. Their simple philosophy was behind their organic beginnings. “Never sell anything that we would not consume ourselves.”
Today, that hasn’t changed, even though the farm has grown and evolved. Natural is always best – organic, all-natural, hormone, gmo and pesticide-free – we’re all that and have been for half a century, and will continue to be for many more generations to come.
Family Farming for Four Generations
Pictured below are the four generations of Belangers who have maintained the farm. Left to right: Onesime Belanger who bought the homestead and began the farm, his son Eugene & wife Marie, Eugene’s son Peter (with wife Cathy) and Peter’s son Josh Belanger (pictured with his wife Stacey) who continues the organic farming tradition.
Onesime Belanger and his wife Mary Louise
Eugene Belanger (son of Onesime) and his wife Marie.
Peter Belanger (son of Eugene, grandson of Onesime) and his wife Marie.
Josh Belanger (son of Peter, grandson of Eugene, great-grandson of Onesime) and his wife Stacey.
We have been blessed with new additions to our family farm operations! First, with Paul Belanger (Josh’s cousin) and his wife Anahita who bought the adjacent farm and hundreds of acres of farm land that we have rented for many many years. We will now be able to continue farming that same land for many many years going forward!
And most recently, Emily (Josh’s sister) and her husband Cody Morris moved back from northern Ontario to the farm and have bought another adjacent farm and will also be renting land to Belanger Organic Farms.
Paul and Anahita Belanger. Paul’s grandfather, James, and Josh’s grandfather, Eugene, were brothers.
Emily Belanger (Josh’s sister) and husband Cody Morris.