My Story


 Back near the beginning of time, or at least my time, I was a young kid growing up on a mixed farm east of Cabri, Saskatchewan, very close to the South Sk. River, or what has become Lake Diefenbaker. We always put in the time we had to, to take care of whatever job may be at hand, through whatever season we were in. When the work was done there was usually time for fun. Camping was always my choice, down along the river with family and neighbour families. There was hours of tubing, canoeing, swimming… just loads of fun. One hot summer day, a few of us went for a swim. I plunged into water and quickly swam across the small channel.  When I reached the other shore, my friend, “Jughead” said “you swim like a frog”, and to this day I think there are as many people that know me as Frog, as know me as Cam.

I purchased a piece of property in 1997, near the town of Cabri, and in 1998 I started to plant cherry trees. I am stuck on one particular variety that was developed at the University of Saskatchewan, called Carmine Jewel. They are a nickel size cherry with a very intense flavour and deep purple colour, and a tartness that really grabs you. These Carmine Jewel sour cherries are incredibly hardy and easy to process. This led me to the beginning of a food company committed to making simple, healthy products, while providing something totally new for those with an inquisitive pallet.

My latest planting of Carmine Jewel sour cherries was on a small piece of property that is set into a very small range of hills in southwest Saskatchewan. The south and west boundaries of the property are set by a CP Railway line that went through in 1913. Since then, the line has been privatized, but is still used today. The first locomotives up this line after the privatization were Santa Fe locomotives… and I just liked the sound of it!

So here it is, in the middle of the Canadian Prairies… Santa Fe Food Company

Santa Fe Food Company is a Proud Saskatchewan Company