Produce from Quebec

Produce from Quebec

Enhance your menu with fruits and vegetables from Quebec. From June to October, they can be experienced through the product supply of our local distribution network.

When the main foods on your menu consist of Quebec products, you’re differentiating yourself with freshness, flavour and quality.

Seasonal fruits and vegetables

The second half of summer is the best time for harvesting fruits and vegetables in Quebec.

All restaurant owners are proud of their

  • leafy greens (lettuce, iceberg lettuce),
  • berries (strawberries, blackberries, redcurrants),
  • garlic and onions from Quebec.

Known for their taste, freshness and quality, these foods are in high demand.

Quebec advantage: we possess quality water and arable land, which allow us to maximize production while respecting our environment.

Root vegetables

Root vegetables are staples of the Quebec diet :

  • Nothing is lost during cooking or preparation
  • Versatility: these veggies can be used in everything from appetizers to desserts
  • Long last

Examples: potatoes, carrots, celery, beets, radishes and sunchokes

Quebec advantage: we benefit from new harvests on site. They are valorized by restaurant owners who aren’t afraid to think outside the box, , not only when it comes to food preparation but also trying new ingredients and flavours.

New cultivation methods

New cultivation methods (*)

Pioneer of greenhouse cultivation because of the weather, Quebec uses greenhouses to grow fruits and vegetables up to 12 months a year. A true testament to technological know-how, fruit and vegetable greenhouse cultures have two significant advantages:

  1. the reduction, if not elimination, of chemical products and pesticides
  2. the reduction of losses by regular year-round production.

The best-known greenhouse products are tomatoes and strawberries, but that’s just the beginning.

Hydroponics (**)

Hydroculture enables plants to grow in water with a nutritious solution favouring growth.

The need for hydroponics stems from the lack of available land, but it’s also in response to the intense cold and lack of light many months of the year.

The nutritional quality of hydroponic vegetables is comparable to that of organic products. Microgreens are the flagship product.

Quebec advantage: innovation! The extreme weather conditions of Quebec’s long winters are a motive for researching new ways to develop food self-sufficiency. Producer-entrepreneurs are innovative and support one another’s new technological capabilities and business models.

Harvest time

The ultimate time for sharing and intergenerational get-togethers, the August to September harvest period brings people closer to producers.

This period officially kicks off with corn, followed by apples, pears and all the other Quebec fruits.

Quebec advantage: the tradition of transmitting fundamental values

  • Sharing (families and groups of friends plan their annual outing)
  • Initiation (children get to discover fresh products and production sites)
  • Recognition of the heritage of producers (who welcome the general public on site)

Sources 
(*) MAPAQ Serres Québec
(**) Agriculture and Agri Food Canada
© Crédits photos : Audrey Boivin

Mayrand’s Quebec Harvest event, from August 19 to 25, 2019

  • A week dedicated to local fruits and vegetables
  • An in-store program to meet producers
  • Tasting events
  • A complete product discovery program
  • Mobilization of our teams to accompany you
  • New offers and rebates for you to explore the flavours
  • Baskets of local fruits and vegetables to win

This event will be back in 2020, stay tuned.