Anderson Farms finished in third place in the gold category during this year’s edition of the Ordre nationale de mérite agricole (ONMA) competition, which spotlighted farms from the Montérégie region as well as the MRC de la Haute-Yamaska and MRC de Brome-Missisquoi.
Located in Très-Saint-Sacrement, the dairy and cereals farm is run by Danny Anderson and Dawn Elliott, as well as Mark Anderson, Jodi Wallace and their children.
Created in 1889, the ONMA competition distinguishes Quebec producers for their passion for their craft, their determination, and spirit of initiative. The awards ceremony, which recognized farms that achieved standards for bronze, silver, and gold level distinctions, took place on November 2 in Saint-Hyacinthe.
Among the 24 farms in competition from the Montérégie-Ouest, Timothy and Pamela Petch of Petch Orchards in Hemmingford were awarded a gold medal, while Martin Henderson, Mathieu Henderson, and Sylvie Lemieux Henderson of the Ferme DFM Henderson in Havelock received a silver medal. The Elgin-based organic vegetable farm Les Jardins Glenelm, owned by Ian Ward and Sarah Rennie, received a bronze medal, as did the Ferme Vinsi-Lait dairy farm in Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, which is owned by Mélanie Sicard and François Vincent.
Also honoured during the evening were Philippe Quinn and Stephanie Maynard of Godmanchester, who received the Special Mention in Agritourism award for their work running La Ferme Quinn in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot. The business was also recognized with a bronze medal.