Greenhouses & Farms
We’re proud to provide produce from the incredible teams at Doef’s Greenhouse and
Gull Valley Greenhouse near Lacombe, Alberta.
About Doef's Greenhouses
Doef’s Greenhouses operate a “state of the art” 11 acre greenhouse about 6 miles west and 3 ½ miles north of Lacombe – on the south east side of Gull Lake. Its experienced structures are covered with a double layer of poly while the new structure is covered with state of the art diffused glass. The greenhouse is heated with natural gas burning hot water boilers. Shade or Energy curtains are installed that can be automatically pulled over the crop in the evenings and on very cold, cloudy winter days to conserve heat. 9 of our 11 acres are using HPS lighting which gives them an advantage to grow fresh, local produce in the middle of our cold Alberta winters!
Doef’s uses “Integrated Pest Management (IPM)” to minimize the use of pesticides in the greenhouse. This means they use “biological pest controls” to eliminate the pests in the greenhouse – controls such as introducing predators to feed on the pests. In exceptional cases, some spot spraying may be done in high infestations with “applicator-friendly” solutions. Doef’s Greenhouses employs about 35 full-time employees and approximately 8-10 part-time employees.
The vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness – the tomatoes are ripened on the vine and picked twice a week, the peppers are picked at about 90% ripeness, also twice a week, and the cucumbers are picked every day since they grow more quickly. From picking, they are packed and shipped within a couple of hours, or packed and kept in a cooler until shipping time, the next day.
About Gull Valley Greenhouses
Located in Central Alberta, just south of Gull Lake, Gull Valley Greenhouses is a family-owned and operated greenhouse, run by Phil, Carolyn, Levi and Carmen Tiemstra.
Before the greenhouse, Phil was following in his father’s footsteps by raising chickens, but said he needed something more challenging. Gull Valley Greenhouses was started by Phil and Carolyn in 1991 and was just under half an acre in size. Over the years, the business has continued to succeed and today houses four acres of greenhouse space – the latest acre being equipped with LED lights to accommodate year-round growing.
In those early days Gull Valley Greenhouses started growing beefsteak tomatoes, but the Tiemstras continue to diversify, now offering about a dozen different types of high-quality tomatoes.
Offering fresh, locally grown and sustainable produce has been a passion of the family since day one – a principle that has carried throughout the business to the present day.
For the Tiemstras, they take pride in their operation, and it’s rewarding for them to know that people are enjoying a high-quality, nutrient-filled, tasteful product.