In the year 2000, the Le Moine family, as well as 2 other families chose to invest in organic cranberry farming in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, starting the Fruit d’Or Company. Even though at the time organic farming was not very common, and even almost non-existent, their desire for healthy, eco-friendly farming let them very quickly carve out a prime spot for themselves in the food industry.
Still, wanting more than anything to share their passion for organic cranberry farming with the world, in 2015, they decided to launch the Patience Fruit & Co. brand, an inspirational retail brand name that offers bigger, softer and juicier berries.
Cranberries: A Story of Patience
The production cycle for one cranberry is a long process, so it requires lots of patience:
– A single cranberry patch needs more than 14 months to start producing fruit!
– It takes about 3 years for a cranberry field to reach maturity and to start producing enough cranberries to be harvested.
– In the spring, the cranberry bush is one of the slowest ones to come out from dormancy. The first flowers only appear at the summer equinox, on around June 21.
– Each patch only produces a small amount of fruit, which still takes more than 3 months to reach full size and ripeness and their signature deep red color.
– In organic farming, fertilizers are slow-acting, so organic fruit takes even longer to reach maturity
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