Let’s eat! Enbridge’s Homegrown Recipes cookbook profiles (Part 9)

Berry family enraptured by endless skies, starry nights in Manitoba’s fertile farmlands

Their cash crop is the humble potato. Their reward is unlimited beauty.

Brothers Doug and Bruce Berry run a potato farm near Glenboro, Manitoba. And living in the fertile farmlands of southwest Manitoba, virtually every view is worthy of an artist’s canvas.

The morning sky, says Doug, “is amazing . . . and every season is special in its own way. Every day, there’s a new picture everywhere you turn.”

Adds Doug’s wife Cheryl: “Sometimes the sky just looks like it’s endless. There are so many beautiful things to see and enjoy. It can be pitch-black out, and the stars are amazing—because we don’t have any city lights to interfere.”

Good food has become a staple of this operation. About 20 years ago, to help keep morale high, Cheryl started preparing meals for workers during the long days of harvesting those big golden tubers.

“We started off with small pots of chili, then expanded from there. I’m so used to it now, I don’t even think about it,” she recalls. “We do a different meal every day for 14 days. It’s all in the planning. I enjoy it, and the people enjoy it.

“Everything is homemade—the bread, meals and baking. Everything we grow is incorporated into a meal.”

The Berrys are one of several families across Canada being profiled in Enbridge’s newly produced Homegrown Recipes cookbook, which is being distributed to neighbors along our rights-of-way.

The Homegrown Recipes collection includes more than 110 tantalizing kitchen creations—breakfasts, breads, soups, salads, sides, entrees and desserts—submitted by our neighbors near Enbridge’s network of pipelines and facilities.

Because just as land is passed down through the generations, so too are some of the most treasured recipes that connect us to family, friends and communities—including Doug and Cheryl’s dark brown baked beans, included in our Homegrown Recipes collection.

The Berry potato farm is a family operation, and it’s a tight ship. When he was 16, Doug borrowed $10,000 to purchase his first property. Now, Doug and Bruce’s sons are involved in the day-to-day logistics of the farm, and everyone has an important role to play.

“My dad gave us a great opportunity to be managers at a young age, and I’ve given that same opportunity to my boys,” says Doug. “Bruce and I have always been partners. We’ve worked together since we were kids. And now with our kids, we have a meeting each morning and make sure everyone is part of every decision.”

Check out previous instalments of the Homegrown Recipes cookbook profiles:

Part 1: Pint-sized entrepreneurs tend to their pumpkin patch in southwestern Manitoba

Part 2: Southern Ontario's Turner family helping to cultivate the local food movement

Part 3: In Saskatchewan, the Lees family is hooked on Herefords

Part 4: Beekeeping enterprise, community duties keep the Fisher family buzzing in Manitoba

Part 5: In Alberta, Petersen family’s conservation efforts are bringing wildlife back

Part 6: Positive energy, hard work drive success for southern Ontario vegetable farm

Part 7: Life is full of sweet rewards for the Desjardins family of Mirabel, Quebec

Part 8: Love, laughter and the culinary secrets of Saskatchewan’s Dornstauder family

(Are your taste buds sufficiently stimulated? Click on this link to download portions of Enbridge’s Homegrown Recipes cookbook . . . and this link for Doug and Cheryl's dark brown baked beans.)