What A Winter!

I guess a hearty HAPPY NEW YEAR ! is in store, keeping in mind that a frog’s new year is about the same time as what seems to be Easter to most. What’s the use of having New Years in the middle of a great sleep, when you can make it a leap into spring thing instead?winter It has been quite a winter with several long cold months again this year. Over the winter, some changes were made to the labels, so this summer look for a more colorful label and a little ” Santa Fe ” history tagged on. Also take note of the refreshing claims of having NO: Salt, Gluten, Preservatives, or Colour added! The products have always been this way, I just got around to putting it all on the label. A healthy change was that the modified corn starch has been replaced with a more accepted rice flour as a thickener. Comparing the Santa Fe Sauces with most other sauces and salad dressing, you will find us to be much lower in calories and sugar. So relax and enjoy a Santa Fe Saucy Summer. We will post the new look in June when they come out.

It is pruning season here at the Santa Fe so I’m feeling.., well.., fatigued. By day I crawl through the trees trimming and cleaning, and by night I try to figure out how to get the cherry into the Caramilk bar. All the while trying to patiently wait for that warm spring weather we so badly crave. I’m not going to promise to get back to you real soon because I hate breaking promises, but I will try to keep in touch better than I have. Just the other day, that was my New Year’s resolution, Not to procrastinate so much.

See Ya Later Ali….frog       SFF


The Santa Fe Frog has leapt into Manitoba!

frog_jumping_croaking_mcI’m jumping up and down with excitement!

Sorry to take so long on an update, but, spring, summer, and harvest, seemed to come and go like the flick of my tongue; no flies attached. It was an amazing harvest thanks to mother nature and her timely rains, and cooler than normal temperatures. The freezers are full, the pumps drained, and most…. ? OK.. some of the fall work is done, and now the preparation for fall shows begins. I am trying hard to stay on top of things and cover as much ground as possible. I may have to put off burrowing in until after Christmas but, OH WELL! Such is the life of the Santa Fe Frog. Besides trying to keep ahead of things around the orchards, We did manage to break another border. Thanks to a very worthy Manitoban, Santa Fe Food Company is becoming a familiar sight on a few store shelves.

Click here to see where Santa Fe Food Company products are available in Manitoba.



The Santa Fe Frog has surfaced. Out of the mud and into the orchard!

Well, not quite yet… but soon.

frog_croaking_lwIt’s been a long winter, with lots of snow.  Although good for moisture, the late spring has put me a little behind. The Carmine Jewel sour cherry orchards had a heavy blanket of snow until just a few days ago. This will shorten the pruning window and is likely to put blossoms back a week or so but mother nature will do what she sees fit, and we will put up with what ever she throws our way.   Such is life.

Although I’m Feelin Finer than Frogs Hair, it might take a few days to totally wake up to the duties at hand. The big event will be to gather ” the crew ” together for another processing stint at the U of S. Before doing that, we will be sure to have a  ” Safety Meeting ”  to check the health and well being of everyone involved. We can’t have anything but a positive attitude hangin out round here. Although there is nothing new coming out at this point, there are a couple things in the works so relax and enjoy the spring that finally came. Things are going to be active for a while but I promise I will report in soon, as I have great news about a whole new area that the Santa Fe Food Company products. can be found.  This really is something for me to “croak” about!  Until then,  Keep your powder dry,  and keep on Dippin!   SFF


I’m excited about 2013!

That’s right, the many prospects that are sure to present themselves in 2013 have got the Santa Fe Frog leaping up and down!

But before I get into what’s happening next I would like to say a Great Big Thanks for all of the support and encouragement over this past year.

2013 promises to be another busy year.  It will really kick in with me attending a tradeshow in Vancouver on January 27th and 28th.  This show, put on by the CFRA (Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association), is the BC Foodservice Expo.  Part of this show is a Chef’s Competition, of which, I’m proud to say, Santa Fe Food Company is one of the participating product sponsors.


Harvest is done; processing is done; Christmas is next!

And what a fine harvest it was!  The days were long; the nights were short; the work was hard.  But, the end results were certainly worth it.

A great big thank you to those of you who helped.  To my sister, Norma Grace for driving truck, overseeing the sorters and just keeping peace; to my Mom (Miss Ellie) for bringing lunches to my help; to the help themselves, and, to the parents of my help, for getting them up so early in the morning to make it to work. We all worked hard to get them off and in the freezer for the winter processing. Thank you.

Recently the “crew” turned many of those pounds of Carmine Jewel Sour Cherries into more fine Santa Fe Food Company products.  This, of course, included Rib N Wing Sauce, Chertney; and Chelish.  By the way, my ” CREW ” is made up of the greatest family and friends a man could hope for. You know who you are, and I will never forget. THANKS CREW, you’re the best.

There will be plenty of opportunity for you to stock up for Christmas at the upcoming shows, or at many fine retailers.  Santa Fe Food Company products make wonderful gifts, or are great for your own use to help make that perfect Christmas snack.

The uses are so varied and many, that, “Your Imagination is your Limit”.