Good clean food grown close to home
Fat Chance Farmstead is a small-scale fruit and vegetable farm operated by Josh Suppan and Jen Valberg. Established in 2012, we are certified organic and offer high quality healthy food to our customers through our Food Box program. We are committed to supporting our local economy and are proud members of the National Farmers Union.
Little did Josh know that in landing his first job at the ripe young age of 13, he would be foreshadowing his future career path. The only place that would hire him? A peach, plum, and kiwi farm in Niagara on the lake. At the time this was just a way to earn some extra spending money and pass the summer hours outside. Fast forward to the summer of 2009 in the Okanagan valley of BC where Josh spent the summer and fall picking, thinning, packing, and tractoring on a unique and innovative fruit farm. The experience inspired Josh to set his sights once again on agriculture. While much of his experience comes from cultivating fruit, he has spent many seasons on vegetable farms ranging from small-scale organic to large-scale conventional operations. He has a passion for raising animals and in some parts he is known as a chicken whisperer. His hands are always dirty, whether it’s from soil, tractor grease, or bread dough.
Jen aka The Boss
Jen had slightly different plans when she was a teenager. If you look under her graduating picture in her yearbook it reads “Most likely to be a rich businesswoman.” As such, Jen attended Queen’s University and studied Commerce. She started two clothing businesses (Ghetto Tees and Donkey in a Basket) but never went to Toronto to work for a big company. Instead she went on a cycling tour through northern Ontario that led her to work in the non-profit sector. By 2011 Jen had a 1,000 sq. foot community garden plot, a pantry full of her own preserves and soon became a part-time farmer. Jen manages the shiitake mushroom production and helps with strawberry picking on the weekends.
Last but not least, when he’s not taking naps at the farm, this little guy wears many hats at Fat Chance: he is our Director of Marketing, aspiring tractor operator, greeter to our members at the Tuesday pick-up and discerning strawberry taste tester.