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Produce and more at The Orange Truck

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Alvin and Kevin Friesen outside of the entrance to the Orange Truck Market at the old Campbell Soup factory in Portage la Prairie.

Alvin and Kevin Friesen outside of the entrance to the Orange Truck Market at the old Campbell Soup factory in Portage la Prairie.

Father/son duo Alvin and Kevin Friesen are quietly working to provide fresh fruit and locally sourced products to people out of The Orange Truck market in the old Campbell Soup factory in Portage la Prairie after taking over the business just over a year ago.

“It’s been about 16 months now and we’re trying to expand to a lot of different varieties. We have a lot of local fruits, and B.C. fruit in the summer too,” says Kevin Friesen, manager of day-to-day operations at the market. “Peaches, pears, plums, even cherries. We have very competitive pricing and the prices don’t fluctuate as often as the grocery chains. We also have a lot of products made in Manitoba, and even some things you can’t find in the big stores like certain types of cereal and snacks.”

The warehouse is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. right now, but both Kevin and Alvin are adamant the hours will grow as we enter the spring. TOT is offering their service to colonies around southern Manitoba as far as the Saskatchewan and Ontario border, but also wants to invite the public in and around Portage la Prairie to stop by and check out some of the local products available.

“We have a good couple dozen people coming in right now locally to purchase their fruit from us, and we don’t upcharge at all,” says Kevin. “Our prices are the same for bulk purchases and smaller personal purchases because everyone wants to save where they can and we understand that. It’s something we want to offer our customers local, or outside of the city.”

Currently, the entrance to the market is located on the north side of factory at 6th Ave. NW. The tandem hopes to expand their warehouse size to keep more fruit on hand during the summertime to offer more of a selection for customers. Along with local and B.C. fruit, other items include La Cocina corn chips from St. Anne’s, Prairie Mills Flour from nearby Elie, and Portage’s very own Richardson Milling quick oat flakes.

For more information about The Orange Truck Market in Portage, a division of Winkler-based Fruit and More, contact The Orange Truck at 204-856-0502 or email kevinfriesen@live.com. 


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