Roger and Debbie Duyvesteyn are the proud owners of Coast Berry Company in Powell River on the Sunshine Coast. Previously part of the family-owned, flower-producing Albion Nurseries in Maple Ridge, Roger and Debbie were ready for a new venture and challenge for their future. Hearing how picturesque Powell River was, they visited the area and instantly fell in love. In December 2006, the property was purchased, and over the next year and a half, the options were weighed. Eventually the Duyvesteyns decided that berries would be their official calling. Today, this includes 20 acres of blueberries, 25,000 strawberry plants, 4 acres of raspberries, along with blackberries and goji berries as well. In 2011, three poly greenhouses were added to house strawberries for production into late fall. Berries are picked by hand and are available at local grocery retailers in Powell River as well as on Vancouver Island. Roger and Debbie also grow greenhouse crops, pumpkins and freesias for their seasonal market.