Planting in process! Nice and early this year.
We are done at Vancouver markets now. Thank you so much to all the customers, market managers and staff, and whoever else made markets possible in COVID. Such a pleasure to be able to buy and sell in the open air! We’ll be back in Vancouver beginning in November.
The Helmer roadside Farm Stand is located at the farm: 8358 Pemberton Meadows Road. OPEN all the time! Seed and Table potatoes, Rootdown Farm Greens. Eggs too!
Our potatoes have been available this year at market in Vancouver, in Pemberton at Stay Wild and the PV Supermarket; Elisa, Cincin, Farmers Apprentice, The Ugly Dumpling, La Quercia in Vancouver; Eds Bread, alta bistro in Whistler. And on southern Van Isle at Sea Bluff Farm!
Check out our blog. Sometimes we write about the farm and post it here…
Who We Are
We are a family owned and operated farm located in the Seed Potato Capital of North America: the beautiful Pemberton Valley. We have farmed organically since clearing the land and making fields in 1980 and we are the fourth generation of this family to farm in the Pemberton Valley.
What We Grow
We are known as growers of spectacular tasting potatoes. Each one of our up to 18 varieties has been chosen for its own specific taste and cooking characteristic. See our blog and Facebook page for news from the field.
Some of these unique varieties are available in limited quantities as Certified Organic and CFIA certified virus free seed potatoes. Go to our seed potato page for ordering information.
How We Grow
Our farming practices meet or exceed organic certification standards. We also follow Biodynamic methods to further build soil health and fertility. The Biodynamic method of farming encompasses three main principles, these being the application of Biodynamic preparations, recognition of the subtle changes in growing conditions as the earth travels through the cosmos, and striving to make the farm an independent entity requiring minimal inputs (www.biodynamics.com).
When and Where to Find Our Produce
Our award-winning potatoes are available at farmers markets and restaurants of distinction. Seed potatoes are available for shipping and pick-up in early spring. Carrots, celeriac, garlic, honey, squash and other vegetables appear seasonally at the farmers markets. At certain times of the year, such as Slow Food Cycle Sunday and our periodic “farm open house” dates, we invite our customers onto the farm.
They contain protein! Organically grown potatoes can be a healthy meal all on their own. With the skin on they contain protein, more potassium than bananas, and multiple minerals and vitamins. Here in the Pemberton Valley, due to the rich soil and volcanic terroir, our potatoes also contain important and valuable trace elements.