Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

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Organic HeroesCelebrating the Organic Sector on the Prairies

Honoured at Organic Connections 2018

Zak's

Zak Organics is a fourth generation family-run farm and producer of certified organic snacks owned and operated by Allen & Marilyn Zak and sons.  Located in southern Saskatchewan, the Zak farm has been in the family for over a century and its 7,500+ acres of land has been certified organic since 2011.  We grow such crops as spring wheat, khorasan wheat, peas, lentils and flax.  A variety of other crops, such as alfalfa, clover, forage peas, vetch and buckwheat are utilized in the rotations to improve soil health.  Seed timing, seeding density and crop rotation are tools to combat weed and disease pressure.  Farming organically means that we need to work with the land and mother nature.  Our methods of farming help protect not only the soil; but the air, water, insects and animals in our fields and community.  The final product produced by our farm is a premium quality product.  The consumer recognizes that it healthy and appreciates that it does not contain unwanted chemical residues that may negatively effect their health.  
We created Zak Organics Food Co. in 2015.  It began with a desire for a simple high-energy snack without the bad fats, high sodium and additives found in traditional "junk food". When we couldn’t find what we were looking for, the Zak family decided to create our own healthy snacks using products from our own farm.
In 2016, Zak Organics launched its first line of organic snacks, made from dried whole green peas. The nutrient dense snacks are made from perfectly toasted whole green peas rich in protein, seasoned in a crispy coating of fresh herbs and spices.  In addition to being certified USDA and Canada Organic, all products are free from trans-fat, cholesterol, MSG, GMOs, dairy, gluten, nuts, and artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.  Every bite of Zak Organics Crunchy Peas delivers an amazing nutty crunch, the delicious taste of a potato chip, with a bold burst of sophisticated flavours. Available in a variety of flavours, Zak Organics snacks can be found in natural and specialty food stores and major retail locations across Canada.
Being on the front lines of the food business has been exhilarating.  Through farmers markets, trade shows and store tastings we are dealing directly with thousands of consumers.  It has been very rewarding to meet the people that are consuming our snacks, to hear what is important to them and what they are concerned about.  With all the information available, it is more important than ever to connect with consumers to tell the story of where our food comes from.  We are using this opportunity to educate consumers on the positive health benefits to buying organic food and the important work the organic associations are doing to help protect the safety of what we eat.