When you go the grocery store to pick up produce, the signage dutifully tells you where that apple or green bean is from. Product of Ontario? Sounds great! At least it didn’t cross an ocean right?
Well, yes, but…
There’s a lot more to knowing where your food is from. Where exactly in Ontario is it from? Who exactly grew it? How exactly did they grow it?
These are all super important questions; and yet when dining out, these questions can be more difficult to answer still!
That’s why the Gladstone has been doing Harvest Wednesday dinners for the last 13 years. Every spring, we launch a seasonal food event series that’s all about learning the nitty-gritty amazing details of exactly where your food is from — all while you’re having dinner!
Know where your food is from by tasting it!
A founding partner of the Harvest Wednesday food series, this amazing farm uses organic growing techniques, including natural season-extending methods such as furnace-free greenhouses and a naturally temperate root cellar, to bring beautiful vegetables to customers all season long.
Fogo Island Fish
Combatting factory fishers, Fogo Island’s Hand.Line.Cod program uses the traditional method of hand lining for wild cod, with one line, one hook, hauled up by hand resulting in zero by-catch.
Grange of Price Edward
The Granger family has owned their farm in Prince Edward County since 1974. 30 years later, Caroline Granger transformed the family farm into a vineyard and winery in Ontario’s fastest growing wine region at the time. Her daughter Maggie joined her in 2010 and together the ‘Granger Girls’ produce terroir-driven wines from 100% estate grown fruit. Meet Caroline Granger at Harvest Wednesday on April 17th!
The name pretty much says it all. This amazing company connects local farmers to amazing chefs and restaurants in Ontario, and they’re often able to get produce from field to table in less than 24 hours. They bring together an amazing network of farmers in order to offer customers a wide range of truly unique and amazing local products; and they’ve won awards for their work too.
Ontarians want to know where their meat is coming from and VG guarantees local, never fed antibiotics, no added hormone, beef: Many companies throw around the word “local” but can only claim that part of their business is truly local. VG Meats products were born, raised, fed, processed and packaged in Ontario by the Van Groningen family & friends.
King Cole Ducks
King Cole has long been heralded for its leadership and stewardship in the area of animal care. Ducks are raised free run in large spacious barns with plenty of fresh air ventilation, unlimited water and natural feed. The barns are bedded down with recycled fresh wood shavings daily and washed out for maximum sanitary conditions.