Lisa and Terry handmake Paper Garden Perogies in Creston BC, with potatoes that they grow in their own garden!
Read on to learn more about this great True Local Supplier…
Who are the makers at Paper Garden?
Lisa Forcade & Terry Vanderwolf
Where are you located?
East Arrow Creek, outside of Creston BC.
What do you make?
Ukrainian perogies, in three varieties: potato cheddar, potato cottage cheese, and sauerkraut.
How would you describe your company?
Our handmade perogies are produced in our commercial kitchen, using potatoes we grow. We grow our potatoes without chemicals, amending the soil with worm castings from our vermiculture composting. We make small batches at a time, using simple, fresh and nutritious ingredients, making a quick, easy to prepare, healthy meal or side dish.
How long have you been in business?
We have been making and selling perogies since 2012 at farmers markets through out the Kootenays. In 2014 we built our commercial kitchen and began marketing our perogies outside of the farmers markets.
What motivated you to start?
We know that families are busy and often need quick, easy meals. We wanted to make something less “processed”, delicious, healthy and still quick and easy to prepare. Our perogies are great to have in your freezer for those days when you need an easy meal.
What are some of your greatest joys?
We love heading into our cold storage after harvest season in the fall and seeing the bins and bins of fresh, great tasting potatoes just waiting to become even greater tasting perogies.
What are some for your greatest challenges?
Growing, harvesting, sorting, curing and storing enough potatoes to make our perogies!!
What is your vision for your company?
We have started practicing regenerative farming, and plan to continue down that path ensuring we are doing everything in our power to improve soil health, increase biodiversity, and restore balance in our ecosystem.
Why is local food and/or local purchasing important to you?
When we buy local we are supporting the local economy and community, products that are sourced locally are great quality, fresher, and shopping local helps reduce our carbon footprint.
If you could deliver a message directly to Co-op members and customers what would it be?
We’d like to thank the coop and the coop shoppers for their continued support.