Discover Tillsonburg Spring 2019

Meet the forward-thinking family behind Bre’s Fresh Market THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER

Written by Colleen Pepper W hen it comes to tasty sweet corn, Ostrander’s Breann Van Moerkerke is something of a legend. The namesake behind Bre’s Fresh Market just north of Tillsonburg, Van Moerkerke got into the produce business as a university student and hasn’t looked back since. “I was in my third year at Carleton when I heard about a program that would help students start summer businesses,” she recalls. “After six summers lifeguarding, I decided to give it a shot. I wrote a 19-page business plan and received $3000 in startup money.” That first year, Bre’s approach to business was anything but fancy. “I set up a picnic table and a shed on the corner of Tillson Avenue and Concession


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