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Family-run farm to receive heritage business award

Five generations of Beatties have grown potatoes in the Aliiston area so far
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Members of the Simcoe County Historical Association will present Beattie’s Potato Farm and Distillery with an SCHA Heritage Business Award at an event at the Alliston business on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 5.

The Beattie family first came to Canada from Scotland in the late 1800s, where they established a successful lumber mill near Alliston. In the 1920s, the family branched out into potato farming.

So far, five generations of Beatties have grown potatoes in the Alliston area.

The family currently farms over 2,000 acres of potato fields. Inspired by a visit to a small craft distillery in PEI, Kenny Beattie and his wife, Liz, launched a vodka distillery three years ago, and donate 50 cents from every sold to local causes.

The SCHA created the Heritage Business Award in 2018 to honour and thank longstanding businesses operating throughout the County of Simcoe for their contribution to the development, well-being and heritage of the county.

The event will take place at the Beattie Distillery, 6673 Line 13, Alliston, on Saturday, Oct. 5. The SCHA will formally congratulate the business at 2:15 p.m., followed by tours and refreshments.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to SCHA Secretary Donna Wice at by Oct. 1.