Challenge Casino de Charlevoix
November 24 to 28, 2021
Owner of La Bordée des Corneilles vegetable farm
Cultivating ancestral lands
« I was born in Baie-Saint-Paul, but my family has lived in the region for a long time. My business was built on the lands that my great-great grandparents bought back around 1890!
My father tried his hands at farming for fun. When he decided to run for office – he is the mayor of Baie-Saint-Paul – I slowly took over the lands. I had another job in the beginning, but finally decided to indulge my passion. I realized that I did not want retirement to enjoy doing what I like in life! I took a guess because I felt there was a surge of interest for organic vegetable farming in a small area. I am now beginning my fourth year and it is thriving!
Charlevoix’s reputation is helpful as the local products draw significant interest.
We cultivate among others, English cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, beans, cantaloupes, ground cherries, blackberries, water melons, and cherry tomatoes. The farm is now certified organic and Terroir Charlevoix; it is actively involved with the «Table agro-touristique» and a member of the Flavour Trail. It was very important to me. Other farms in the region share the same values and we try to help each other out.
At La Bordée des Corneilles, we work closely with restaurants and our fresh produce fills the local baskets. People can also pay us a visit during our open house days: they can stroll, discover, harvest and buy products.
When someone asks me what I appreciate in the region, I cannot stop talking! In the summer, I love to take a leisurely stroll in the downtown area. But one must also tour Isle-aux-Coudres and admire the scenery, before heading for Tadoussac!
To sum it all up, Charlevoix offers endless possibilities: we live between sea and mountains, have the best restaurants, a strong agrotourism industry, exceptional cultural offerings and everything for the sports enthusiasts, summer and winter alike. Here, all you wish to do, can be done! »