The Haskap Berry is a small oval berry with dark blue skin and a vibrant crimson flesh. It is a member of the honeysuckle family and while it might resemble a blueberry, it is just as closely related a tomato. The taste is uniquely it’s own but is best described as a combination of blueberry and raspberry with a hint of elderberry.
Haskap berries are really good for you. They are high in antioxidants, vitamin C and potassium. Detailed nutritional information is available at Haskap Canada.
South Shore Farms is a community-centred business focused on growing haskap berries. In September of 2014 with the help of friends and family we took the initial step of planting five acres of haskap berries.
Located at 3228 Upper Branch Road in Upper Branch, Nova Scotia it will take the orchard three years to mature. In the first three to five years, the plan is to sell berries to buyers in the area. As the orchard matures and the business grows, South Shore Farms will develop a complete range of haskap products including wine, juice, preserves and dried fruit, all produced and sold from the farm gate.
David Eisnor grew up on the south shore of Nova Scotia so it is no surprise that his farm is located there. He started the haskap orchard in Upper Branch, NS, with the hopes of expanding into a range of haskap products including wine, juice, preserves and dried fruit. Eventually David intends to open the farm to Agri-Tourism, allowing him to share the beauty of Nova Scotia’s south shore with people from all over.
At heart and in practice, David is an entrepreneur. He holds a business degree from Acadia University. He has consulted small businesses on their business start-ups, renovated and restored old homes; and ran a tourism business.
David has over a decade of experience supporting entrepreneurs with business start-up through his experience working with the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED), the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, and most recently in his role at Futurpreneur Canada (formerly CYBF). David has demonstrated his passion for entrepreneurship by successfully opening and running the Halifax Backpackers Hostel. In 2004 he and his business partner were named Young Entrepreneurs of the year with the Business Development Bank of Canada, and the Best Business Award for Community Involvement with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF). He sold this business to his business partner in 2008. David is also an investment property owner and property manager.