A greenhouse grower in Maitland, N.S. is providing local flavour all year long. River View Herbs consists of a dozen greenhouses, with rows of fresh herbs inside. "We do basil, we do rosemary, we do cilantro, dill. We do them all," said Jamie Heimstra, owner of River View Herbs.
Heimstra and his wife bought the property two years ago. In that time, the pair says demand for fresh herbs has skyrocketed. "Odds are, if you've eaten in a Halifax or Dartmouth restaurant, you've eaten some of our produce," he said. According to Heimstra, the greenhouses produce 4,500 pounds of fresh herbs each week.
"A lot of people want that fresh stuff, they don’t want the import stuff that’s been on ships, planes, containers coming in," explained Heimstra.