Turtle Island Produce Limited (TIPL) was founded in 2003 by current owner Ernie Szucs and is located at his third generation family farm near Walsingham, Ontario. Because our operation is located only a few kilometers away from the sandy beaches of Lake Erie, our nutrient rich, sandy loam soils coupled with a lake effected extended growing season creates the ideal production combination for some of the cleanest, sweetest watermelons you could ever eat.
We are proud to say that TIPL is a CanadaGap certified operation and that the safety and quality of all TIPL produce is our primary concern. We follow Best Management Practices throughout our entire growing and packing processes to maximize sanitation while minimizing environmental impact. Great pride is taken in the fact that all our watermelons are washed and sanitized before being shipped to their destinations thereby ensuring our customers the cleanest, safest watermelons possible. Also, our packing process is enhanced by a multiple camera grading system which results in a quality uniform pack out for increased buyer confidence. It is because of these high standards, TIPL ships their watermelons to most Provinces in Canada from Ontario east and to all states east of the Mississippi River in the USA. Actually, our pumpkin crop grown at TIPL usually ends up being sold and shipped to these same locations!
Finally, TIPL is also a full “warm season” supplier of watermelon into the Canadian market. Starting approximately April 1st and finishing after Labor Day, TIPL imports watermelon from the United States and Mexico for our Canadian customers as needed. To ensure these imported watermelons will meet our requirements, TIPL adheres to the policy of only importing from established certified operations that are as committed to having the same high quality standards that we have!!