Norfolk County is Canada’s cabbage capital, with farmers growing the traditional varieties as well as Napa and Chinese cabbage.
Archie’s Cabbage of Norfolk County grows about 300 acres of cabbage and supplies the foodservice sector and chain grocers with top-quality produce for the cole slaw and cabbage rolls.
Archie Demeulenaere and family oversee about 12 employees who grow, pack and ship cabbage. The operation is one of the largest in Ontario.
“If given the choice of going golfing or cutting cabbage,” Archie said. “I’d rather cut cabbage.”
The operation owns cold storage facilities that can keep this season’s cabbage in good condition until the following summer.
Shawn Hann of Hanns’ Farms grows 500 acres of Napa cabbage for the U.S. market – about 48 states, including New York City. About 95% of Hanns’ produce ships south of the border overnight. The company also ships to California.