Who We Are
Ralph’s parents – Rudy and Marian Merk – purchased a small Osoyoos cherry orchard in the early 1980’s as they embarked on ‘retirement’. This business opportunity gave Ralph the privilege of working alongside his parents. In 1984, Ralph married Elizabeth and they joyfully rolled up their sleeves to promote fresh BC fruits and vegetables – out of the back of their old, yellow van.
Establishing a more permanent produce location at Granville Island Public Market (Vancouver, BC) took place in 1985. That’s where RALPH’S gained the reputation for offering fair prices, good old fashioned family service, and fresh produce from the orchards and fields of the Okanagan. It was with great blessings when Ralph’s sister and brother-in-law (Dianne and Murray Redekop) joined the team in 1987. They brought their twin daughters (Julie and Karen) from Saskatchewan who have grown up to become very hardworking, cheerful members of RALPH’S current staff. With 22 years at Granville Island, becoming experts in the produce industry was firmly rooted.
The Merk’s purchased a family farm in 1989 located in Langley, BC. Meanwhile, Ralph & Elizabeth’s own family has been growing: With a span of 16 years between Jason, Jennifer, Steven, Vanessa, and Sara they all experienced the joys of farm life and have been learning how to ‘bear fruit’ in the family business.
By 1991, produce sales began on a hay wagon. Due to customer loyalty, these country farmer beginnings were replaced with RALPH’S present road-side Murrayville farm market. Since opening year-round in 1998, residents from all over the Fraser Valley choose RALPH’S as part of their weekly shopping routine. A farm experience where country meets the city! We’re delighted to note that in the same year, harvest contributions began fresh from Ralph’s field!
We are 100% British Columbian, family-owned and operated. We treat customers, staff and suppliers with honesty, courtesy and integrity. We are friendly, eager to serve and hardworking. We create a positive and supportive work experience for our team.
By raising our own family in Langley, we are grateful to the local, surrounding community. Whole-heartedly, we support local growers and producers. We show our gratefulness by giving back to local charities and community organizations.
We provide a farm experience, where country meets the city for our surrounding community. We are positively influencing and creating healthier and happier lifestyles, through an uplifiting atmosphere and providing the freshest, most delicious and most nutritious produce. We instill trust in our shoppers, creating happy customers – to us, that’s a successful day! We always Remain dedicated to the customer experience and are continuously examining ways to improve it. All of our success attributes to our loyal customers, staff and the Lord’s provision.
We always do our best to provide our customers with the highest quality products, in all of our departments – everyday. We maintain our reputation as The Okanagan Connection so that our community is offered the freshest quality fruits and vegetables. We cater to discerning food lovers, who seek healthy choices. This is why we offer a variety of natural, organic and conventional grocery items. We are continually analyzing our specialty offerings to ensure that we are meeting our community’s needs.
Specializing in BC’s fresh produce, as well as Okanagan’s scrumptious in-season fruit, our family owned & operated business has grown steadily over the years.