In the mid 1920’s, the John Wall family crossed the Atlantic and emigrated to Canada from Europe. Originally from Holland, the Wall family had farmed on the rich soils of the Russian Steppes for many many years. So, when they eventually settled in the Niagara Peninsula it was only natural for them to take up fruit farming. In the late 1940’s they slowly began to move their farming business into Norfolk and Elgin counties where they saw more opportunity to grow and expand their fruit growing business.
Over time, the family began to realize the huge potential for vegetable production on the Norfolk Sand Plain and expanded the operation to include various vegetable crops. In the 60’s, one of John’s sons Frank and his wife Luella carried on the family farming tradition and began to expand the business’s asparagus production. That growth quickened when, in 1986, their daughter Carolyn and her husband Robert Konrad took over the family business. They were joined in 1994 by Carolyn’s brother Ken Wall and then also Kens wife Julie. At the same time, the business was incorporated under the name “Sandy Shore Farms.”
Sandy Shore Farms is proud to announce that the next generation is also stepping into the family business. In 2016, Ken and Julie’s son Marc and Robert and Carolyn’s son Daniel joined the company at an ownership and management level.
What started out as a family project wouldn’t be what it is today without our employees and hundreds of seasonal workers that take part in our harvests each year. Each member of the Sandy Shore community plays a huge role in its success and we are infinitely grateful for their hard work.