The Elgin County Economic Development Award is given to a business who exemplifies Elgin’s progressive nature, by being an integral part of Elgin County’s Economic Development & Tourism programming.
Great Lakes Farms bring families, fun and farming together.
MaryAnne and Joe Van de Gevel are the third generation to carry on the tradition of growing high quality Elgin County fruit, just minutes from scenic Port Stanley. The couple grows strawberries, tree ripened peaches (and pick-your-own), pears, pumpkins and 15 varieties of delicious apples. These fruits are available fresh when in season and also in many of the fresh-baked goods made in the farm bakery.
Great Lakes is a founding member of the Savour Elgin program from its inception in 2010, and continues to be a dedicated and active member. They were also one of the first agricultural businesses to take advantage of the Elgincentives program; starting with the conversion of a barn into cold storage. From there they also resurfaced their driveway and parking areas and introduced new signage on the farm.
In addition to their membership in Elgin County programming, MaryAnne volunteers her time and resources assisting with Student Nutrition programs in Elgin.
MaryAnne and Joe you are shining examples of Elgin’s progressive spirit, for all of your hard work in creating an amazing destination in Elgin and for giving back to your community, we would like to present you with Elgin County’s Economic Development Award. Congratulations.