We are Dale Horeczy and Brad Daily, owners of Kricklewood Farm. We both grew up on the prairies with vast fields of sunflowers in the countryside of southern Manitoba. After time spent in Montréal and Atlanta we returned to our Canadian roots and settled in eastern Ontario to be nearer to family but not too close to the cold of ‘Winterpeg’.
We planned a move to the country after having some experience with backyard chickens, honey bees and goats in Atlanta and in 2009 found a classic Ontario stone house in the village of Frankville on 90 acres with a timber frame barn from the 1850’s.
A life in the country was a lifestyle change prompted by wanting to get closer to where the food is grown. We wanted to support local farmers and contribute to the local food scene by making a product not already available.
We had 90 acres in total with 30 acres of woods and 60 acres of fields. We found out that the 60 acres could grow sunflowers which could then be cold pressed in small batches to produce sunflower oil. We found our niche since no locally grown and pressed edible oil was available at the markets. After a year of research we decided to grow a high oleic sunflower seed which will result in a heart healthy sunflower oil with a great taste. We researched the types of oil presses in the market and decided on a small screw press which would facilitate the small batch processing they wanted.
In 2012 the first Kricklewood Farm crop was planted and in 2013 the first Kricklewood Farm cold pressed Sunflower Oil was pressed and introduced to the market. Since then we’ve expanded to include Aiolis, Infused Sunflower Oils and Dressings all made with Sunflower Oil for a taste of sunshine!