There’s an increasing trend in consumers’ desire to know where their food comes from.  But today, let’s go even further – all the way back to the source of the equipment that feeds the pigs that become your bacon.  Yum, bacon.  

Crystal Spring is a Hutterite colony in southern Manitoba that makes A) the world-class hog feeders that Gro Master sells and B) world-class homemade jam.  And pickles.  And bread.  Mmmmm.

The very short story:  Jonathan from Crystal Spring met Marvin from Gro Master 26 years ago and convinced him to get a few U.S. customers to try out this new wet-dry feeder.  It was a smashing success and they’ve been business partners and buddies ever since.

Our week was filled with meetings and meals and snacks and memories and planning and family and BBQ.

Crystal 6(Little Chad front-and-center with his parents and some Crystal guys, circa 1990.  Jonathan & Marvin now – love those grins.)

Crystal 1

(The Crystal Spring Hog Equipment shop.  Manitoba’s idea of spring.  Freeze-dried laundry.  A tri-plex home on the colony.)

Crystal 2

(Most front doors look alike so the name plates tell you who lives there. Table set for snack.  Pickles & relishes.  By His hands we all are fed.)  

Jonathan’s daughter married Tom, who is our main point of contact at Crystal Spring Hog Equipment.  Tom and Chad are good friends and we love their family dearly.  And their kiddos are adorable.

Crystal 3

(Alanah age 7 / trying to teach me German.  Markus age 5 / sweet talking an orange from Tom.  Joel age almost-3 / finding Waldo.  Avalyn age >1 / cuddling with Anita.)

Crystal 5

(Jonathan’s laugh is just great.  Rebecca and Avalyn.)