Go go goji berry!

Until September 5, people can pick fresh goji berries on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Topgro Greenhouses Ltd., which is open from 9 am to 4 pm. On Fridays, it is open until 8 pm. It costs about $20 per kilogram or about $9 per pound. If you pick three kilograms or more, you can get 10 per cent off. Visit them at 1110 264 St, Langley, BC.


About the farmer


Peter Breederland has farmed for close to 40 years. He started in the industry when he was 16 years old in his native Holland. He came to Canada 27 years ago.

For the past 23 years, the now 54-year-old has successfully run Topgro Greenhouses Ltd. on his 50-acre property in Aldergrove. As his greenhouse operation was only using 10 acres of his property to produce sweet mini bell peppers, he set out to find his next venture. Despite people telling him that goji berries couldn’t be grown in Canada, he did a lot of research and experiments. After trial and error, in 2004, he produced his first crop of goji berries. Breederland now has 10 acres on his property devoted to growing goji berries.


About Goji Berries:


The goji is a bright orange-red, bean-shaped berry which contains a mix of vitamins (A and C), antioxidants, minerals, amino acids and protein and studies have shown they can boost energy and metabolism. The berries have a sweet, tart taste and have long been a staple of the Asian diet. The goji berry is also native to China. The goji berry’s nickname is the “happy berry,” which is how Gojoy got their name.

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