Swiss chard, spinach, red kale, black kale, green kale, romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, head lettuce
Celebrating over 55 years in business as a local family farm and store, Mary's Garden is owned operated by son Mike and his dedicated team of staff. Mary's Garden had its humble beginnings in 1966 when Mary and Jack Nootebos began as a small family hobby farm with a roadside stand just down the street from the current location.
Mary's Garden is best known for their vast selection of fresh "picked-daily" vegetables and herbs planted carefully from greenhouse to the fields all season long. Customers rave about Mary's new potatoes, fresh corn that's as sweet as candy, our famous carrots, no spray salad greens (varieties of lettuce, Kale, Swiss Chard), several types of squash and new pumpkin varieties that will be ready and picked for you in the fall! We offer only the freshest fruit directly from the same Okanagan Orchardist who has been supplying Mary's Garden for years. If it's not grown directly on our farm, Mary's supports local farms first whenever possible. We carry a wide variety of snacks and grocery staples such as free range eggs, dairy products from Island Farms, locally made preservative-free baked goods from Gesundheit Bakery, Summerland Sweets, Little Creek Dressings, and many more local goods to tempt your taste buds!
Located just a few blocks off of 152 Street in South Surrey on 40th Ave, Mary's Garden is minutes from White Rock and Cloverdale and within walking distance of Morgan Creek Golf Course.
In 1966, Jack and Mary Nootebos purchased the original farm property on 40th Ave, Surrey, BC so they could raise their sons and start a small hobby farm. They began farming on a very small scale, growing corn and assorted vegetables, on 10 acres of land and sold what they grew to locals. Mary ran a small vegetable stand on their property - customers would drive in and honk for service! Jack tended to the fields when he got home from his daytime job, which was working for the BC Forest Service raising seedlings at its Surrey Nursery location.
A few years later, Jack and Mary rented the neighbours land beside their farm and Jack grew potatoes and onions for the Marketing Board. Growing for the Marketing Board was discontinued in the mid 70's, but it worked out overall because Jack and Mary found they needed more of their own time and land to grow vegetables in order to meet the growing demand from the customers who shopped at their little stand (then named Mary's Garden). Over the years business continued to increase and they grew a wider variety of produce in their fields.
In 1992 Jack and Mary sold their original property but leased it back so they could continue farming the land. In 1995, son Mike returned to the family farm and went into partnership with his brother Ken to take over operations of the family farm from their parents. Two years later, with the support of their parents, Mike and Ken decided to expand the family business and purchased a property just west down the road on 40th Ave. Immediately the two boys began working up the land on the new property and planted acres of corn and potatoes.
In August of 1998, an electrical fire caused the original barn and storefront to burn down. Having no storefront but needing business to continue, a make-shift storefront was set up temporarily in an adjacent lean-to, to finish off the year at the original farm. Rather than rebuild the farm and buildings, the new owners decided to sell the property, forcing the family to move to the newly purchased property down the road. An old barn was renovated in order to make a storefront for the upcoming 1999 season. Local artist Elizabeth Hollick painted a mural for the little store (and though the barn is only used for storage now, the mural of the farm and the family remains on the wall)!
In 2002 Mike and Ken purchased the neighbouring 10 acres, giving them two side-by-side fields on which to farm. They remained in the old barn/storefront until 2005 when a new larger barn was built for storage purposes. The decision was then made to make the new storage barn into a new store since it was large enough to sustain the ever-expanding business!
This is what we know to be Mary’s Garden today!