Jamie & Laurie Syer
have been farming in Bergen since 1992. Their farm has been in Laurie’s family for three generations, and Bergen’s Davidson Park is named for Laurie’s uncle and grandfather. Jamie and Laurie have raised sheep, kept bees, and provided pasture for local horses and cattle. Currently they produce brick-oven baked artisan bread products, and grow a large variety of vegetables for the Bergen Farmers’ Market. Through their connections with organic growers in BC, they also provide Market customers with fruit from the Similkameen Valley.
Jamie is the proprietor of Bergen Fine Print. Laurie and Jamie are professional classical musicians and teachers (violin and piano) who have performed in Bergen, across western Canada, and in Europe. Contact the Syer Farm via email or at 403-638-4776.
is a third generation Bergen resident, her paternal grandparents arriving from Norway in about 1913. She lives on the land homesteaded by her parents in 1937 and runs a small cow-calf herd of cattle on it. She was a public school teacher for 20 years and has combined that experience with her lifetime of working with cattle and horses to provide the realism in her twelve, set-in-Alberta, young adult novels.
Deeply committed to the protection of the land and all the life it supports, she published a journal of her day-to-day experiences on the ranch, To Everything A Season, and most recently Living in the Wonderful , a collection of journal entries from the past 40+ years which highlights the beauty and contentment of living simply and close to the earth. Read Marilyn’s blog.
As well as selling books, her table at The Bergen Market may occasionally offer homemade pie—maybe even wild raspberry—and her much-fought-over cinnamon buns!
When we arrived in Bergen in 1992 I never imagined I’d become a beader. It began innocently enough when my husband asked if I’d bead him a hatband. By the time it was finished I was hooked.
Most of my pieces are one-of-a-kind, ranging from earthy to elegant, casual to classy. None of the work is done on a loom. Each bead is individually woven into the design — a time-consuming process but one that yields beautiful results.
The outdoors, where I spend much of my time, is filled with inspiration — tree-carpeted hills, moose tracks in the mud, a river-worn stone, red berries in the snow. Each day nature serves up new patterns and colours. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to capture a few. You can view more of my work here.
The Double N Ranch
is owned and operated by Gerald and Shelley Ingeveld. The Ranch lies along the southern bank of the Red Deer River, which marks the northern boundary of the community of Bergen. Originally begun as a horse ranch in 1905 by Gerald’s grandfather, the ranch grew under his father’s guidance to become a producer of purebred cattle, and commercial seed stock. More recently, Gerald and Shelley have developed a direct marketing program, offering grass fed beef, free of hormones and antibiotics, under the “Bergen Traditional” label.
We are pleased to be part of the Bergen Farmers’ Market, and look forward to providing quality, grass fed, “Bergen Traditional” beef. Visit our website.
Bob Griebel and Sandy Easterbrook
have operated Kettle Crossing Farm since 2005. The farm was named for Teakettle Crossing, a ford across Fallen Timber Creek at the south end of the quarter. Apparently a kettle had been tossed up into a tree during pioneer times, giving the ford its name. Unfortunately it was washed out in a flood right after the farm was named.
Bob and Sandy “retired” from their city jobs as a neurosurgeon and art conservator with the aim of producing wholesome, nutrient-dense food. It’s more work than their city jobs! They sell vegetables, chicken and duck eggs, dairy products, sometimes birdhouses, and whatever else they have time to make or grow.
Kettle Crossing Farm focuses on sustainability and working with nature whenever possible. The poultry and livestock have access to fresh air and green grass; vegetables are fertilized with compost; pests are controlled organically. The greenhouse is warmed by chickens, which share the straw bale building. And the farmhouse, too, is built of straw bales and heated by solar power.
Bob and Sandy welcome you to the Market and invite you to try their products: as delicious as they are nutritious.