Petals and Plates is a series of flower-focused farm dinners that highlight Canadian flower growers and their importance in our agricultural landscape. By combining local food, beer and wine, local floral designers and chefs, these dinners are an exciting, must-attend celebration of the diverse bounty that our local communities have to offer. We hope you will join us!
Event: Petals and Plates Ontario – Orchard Park Growers
Location: 4301 Jordan Road, Jordan Station, Ontario, L0R 1S0
Date: Saturday March 21, 2020
Time: 3Pm Arrival Time (sharp) – 8:30 Estimated Completion Time
Weather: This is a rain or shine event (the event is held inside a greenhouse so we should be sheltered from the elements)
Dress Code: There is no strict dress code, but guests are invited to dress “casual dressy”. The temperature in most greenhouses ranges between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius, so dress accordingly. Depending on the time of the year, bringing a sweater or jacket may be a good idea as temperatures can drop after sunset.
Comfortable walking shoes are also recommended. Each dinner includes a walking tour of the greenhouse that involves about 10-20 minutes of slow paced walking. Very high heels are not advised!
Whats included: Pretty much everything! All the food (appetizers and the 4-course dinner), the music, the tours, the flower crown bar, and some take home flowers are all included. The only thing that is not included is any alcohol, but there is alcohol available for purchase from a cash bar.
Once again Executive Chef Jan-Willem Stulp (who is returning for his 7th dinner!) has crafted an extraordinary menu for us to enjoy:
SALAD: Early Greens & Red Endives with a Tomato-Steamed Quinoa Timbale and Herbed Tomato Salsa
STARTER: Roasted Vineland Quail on Pearl Barley Risotto with Shiitakes and Young Rucola
ENTREE: Cold-Smoked Pork Tenderloin, Yukon Gold Galette, MountainOak Gouda made with Ontario Dairy, and a Vegetable Bouquet, in a Calvados Jus
DESSERT: Flourless Mocha ‘Brownie’, with Espresso Mousse, Dipped Ontario Strawberries and Dark Chocolate Wafers
*Special dietary restriction options are available. Please contact us for details.
We also wanted to extend a big thank you to our two course sponsors for this dinner, the Dairy Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Berry Growers Association, both of which will be a featured ingredient in a course, as well as the appetizers.
A Sweet History – Orchard Park Growers
Orchard Park Growers began in 1969 in St. Catharines, Ontario, as a family-run fruit farm, Schouwenaar Farms. A Dutch immigrant, John Schouwenaar, together with his wife Florie, purchased land on Gregory Road and built up an orchard of, primarily, fresh Niagara peaches. Much of the fruit was sold at the Ontario Fruit Terminal where a solid customer base developed over the years.
In 1990, the first greenhouses were built. Production started with tomatoes and over the years shifted to focus on floral products. By 2000, they started the transition from fruit farm and greenhouses to fully focus on the greenhouse side of the business. They marked this pivotal change by renaming the company Orchard Park Growers.
Today, their many greenhouse locations are a flourishing propagation, growing and finishing operation. They grow high quality, unique varieties of potted plants such as potted Gerbera, Passion Flower, Agapanthus, Lavender, Bougainvillea, Mandevilla, Boston Ferns, and Zygo Cactus. Orchard Park believes that good relationships – with both customers and suppliers – are key to success and they are thankful for the honest and trustworthy relationships they share with many in the industry. Beyond the relationships they have, as a family they attest to the Lord’s faithfulness and are truly thankful for His blessings throughout the years.