Local Agriculture

Exotic vegetables coming soon from a farmer near you

Farmer Jason Verkaik sees a business case for diversity in the vegetable patch.

Carrots and onions are his mainstay crops. But this third-generation grower is also experimenting with exotic produce such as Indian red carrots, Jamaican pumpkins and Mexican tomatillos at his Bradford, Ont., farm. This year, he’ll try his hand at fuzzy melons.