by Ruby Arsenault
Clohossey Farms is a multi-generation family farm located along the scenic shore road of Nail Pond along the Northumberland Strait, in PEI’s western end.
Owners Barry and Darlene Clohossey are proud owners of the 100-acre farm and homestead, and pride themselves in growing top-quality vegetables for the local market. They grow staple foods, many of which are available year-round, along with fall décor and seasonal favorites.
The operation requires many hands. Their produce is sold at a busy farm gate vegetable stand from spring to fall, and a seasonal mobile stand is set up in Alberton on Thursdays. Weekly vegetable box delivery is also offered. They are also at the Summerside Farmers’ Market each Saturday year-round.
They also supply local stores and restaurants, which offers a wider market for their produce and is a great asset to Island businesses.
“During the pandemic, Islanders have become more aware of fresh produce and the demand has risen for many products, especially those for pickling and preserving,” says Barry. “Islanders have come to understand the importance of supporting local.”
The farm is buzzing with excitement come spring as they prepare for crop planting. “We plant and harvest about 10 acres of vegetables and around 13 acres of potatoes along with U-pick strawberries,” says Barry.
“We often hire extra help for the seasonal work. Our farm employs six full-time staff and up to six part-time seasonal Farm Labourers to assist in planting and harvesting produce.”
Requirements for Farm Labourers
- Ability to work long hours, outdoors, lift up to 50 pounds, and operate farm equipment
- Always maintain workplace safety
- Able to stand and bend for long periods of time
- Interest in caring for crops
To apply for potential work or to order produce, call 902-206-3439.
For updated job postings and produce availability, visit www.facebook.com/ClohosseyFarms
For more information, email [email protected]