Hotchkiss Herbs and Produce was supplying most of Alberta's fanciest restaurants, markets and grocers with their unique heirloom tomatoes, carrots, beans, chard, potatoes micro-greens and pea shoots.
The Company had recently bought a half-a-million dollars in new equipment, with a plan to expand. Hotchkiss said when he tried to voice his concerns to the new Alberta Government Officials, he felt he was being stonewalled.
So this past fall, the family laid off most of their 25 employees. Their last day in business will be December 16.
"There are just so many things changing, which the government has introduced or changed, that we just can't cope with it anymore," added his wife, Tracy!