The Martin’s family is large. And it is even larger when we consider our extended family to include everyone that picks and packs our fruit and helps get them to market. Having farmed this land for seven generations, we have come to embrace the needs and traditions of our big family and the community we are part of.
When you are doing work that matters, you want to keep doing it. Which is why sustainability is so important to us at Martin’s. As generations of farmers, we live and work in close company with nature. And nature is what will feed our families for generations to come. Our commitment to sustainable practices is passionate and extends well beyond the fields we protect and the crops we grow. We strive to minimize our carbon footprint each day, conserving resources and seeking efficiencies to curb waste. We are also mindful of responsible production practices which help us be proper stewards of our land, water and soil, while keeping our apples safe, wholesome and accessible to all. In establishing a processing division, we were guided by the vision to find a home for every apple. We are now able to make use of our entire crop, whether or not they make the grade for the traditional fresh apple market. Zero waste has become a goal shared by our entire team and we are able to provide a productive use for each and every part of the apple.
This year, Martin’s Family Fruit Farm launched new apple packaging. Made from FSC-certified, 100% post-consumer cardboard, the Apple Caddy™ and Apple Jacket™ eliminate plastic from bulk apple purchasing. The formats allow for less direct handling of the fruit, superior protection compared to a traditional bag, and responds to consumer demand for more eco-friendly, sustainable packaging. Ultimately, retailers benefit from labour savings, reduced shrink, and broader merchandising options.
We continuously strive to strengthen our communities by supporting local initiatives, by providing jobs, and enhancing our quality of life. Our fruit, by nature, fosters health and well-being. That we are feeding so many in a healthy and wholesome manner gives us much satisfaction and a sense of purpose. Together, our family and entire team shares this passion. Proud of our mission that is both simple and powerful–we are growing for healthy communities.
At Martin’s Family Fruit Farm, we are mindful of our heritage and the great tradition of lending a hand. Involvement in and support for our community is extremely important to us. We are pleased to engage in a wide range of initiatives that improve and invigorate the neighbourhoods we live in. Whether it’s a school breakfast program or a music festival, a bike race or community clean-up, we’re glad to help. Contact us for more information on apple donations. After all, doing good can be hungry work.