UBC Farm is a beautiful, diverse farm in the heart of Vancouver. UBC Farm supplies fresh produce to area restaurants and to a small, on site farmer’s market. UBC is also a place where student interns dig, plant, and gather knowledge of sustainable agriculture.
Little Creek Gardens
Located on scenic Lake Okanagan in British Columbia, farmers Dale Ziech and Donna Denison of Little Creek Gardens will be our hosts. Guest chefs Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith will have a wealth of local products to choose from. We will have bread baked from organic Canadian wheat. The Carmelis family will bring their awesome goat cheeses and goat milk gelato. Wines from and nearby Cedar Creek Estate Winery will round out the menu. Join us at the table for what is certain to be a memorable meal.
North Arm Farm
Araxi restaurant has been described as the best restaurant in Canada. Nothing like a good recommendation to get dinner plans moving. Outstanding In The Field tour coordinator Leah Scafe hails from B.C. Canada and Leah is excited to show our many Outstanding fans a taste of home. Our local producer is Jordan Sturdy of North Arm Farm located in the scenic Pemberton Valley. Not only is Jordan Sturdy our featured farmer, he is the mayor of nearby Pemberton. Araxi chef James Walt will gather this and all of the B.C bounty for a locavore feast.
Canada? We are in the neighborhood. Eastern Canada is new for Outstanding in the Field. We have set the table in Western Canada several times. Cowbell looks like a great restaurant (nice name). Very farm-connected with lots of culinary chops. Chef Mark has ‘farmer nights’ in the restaurant. We LOVE the ‘farmer nights’ concept. The idea for Outstanding in the Field was born out of a series of very successful ‘farmer dinners’ in California way back in the late 1990’s. With these dinners the farmer gets a meal prepared by the chef, the farmer gets to talk and the guests learn about where food comes from. Take it all outside and you have Outstanding in the Field. We look forward to setting the table at Dennis and Denise Harrison’s Dingo Farms.
Glorious Organics at Fraser Common
For a number of years our Outstanding in the Field tour has visited University of British Columbia Farm located within the city of Vancouver. After several events UBC Farm director Mark Bomford and the Outstanding in the Field crew at have become good friends. This year we thought we would mix it up and check out a farm in the Fraser Valley just outside the city. Glorious Organics in Aldergrove has a CSA program and also supplies produce to area restaurants including West, whose very talented chef, David Gunawan will join us in the field.
Jean-Pierre Bertrand’s Garden
Our first Montreal area event. Market gardener Jean Pierre Bertrand has a very small farm. He is known for growing small scale for discerning Montreal area chefs. If you have dined at Montreal’s best restaurants, now you can get outside and see where it comes from. Jean Pierre will give a thorough tour of the profuse greenery of his back 40 meters before we walk a short distance to gather at our long table. Chef Samuel Pinard of the restaurant La Salle a Manger sent us to gardener Jean Pierre and we will send Samuel out to the field.
Beautiful. The Okanagan region is a destination for many reasons, many or most of them food and wine. A few years back we had our long table laid out high above Lake Okanagan. Guest chefs Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart joined us for that memorable event. This year Dana and Cameron join OITF at Covert Farms, near the town of Oliver in the South Okanagan. We’ll get a tour of the farm and hear the Covert Family story.
Le Ferme de Zephyr at The Cleveland Morgan Estate
La Ferme des Quatre-Temps
Our hosts are Jean-Martin Fortier, whose book The Market Gardener has a dedicated following worldwide; Danny Hadley, the farm’s livestock manager, and Maxime Bilet, co-writer of Modernist Cuisine who heads up La Ferme’s on-site culinary lab. Jean-Martin has been described as a rockstar farmer. This might suggest some musical ability. Regardless, we’ll be pleased to see his acclaimed methods in the field. And we expect Jean-Martin and his team will be in perfect harmony with Marc Cohen, chef/butcher/co-owner of Lawrence, whose attention to the best quality ingredients is central to his approach.