In the spring we took a crew of staff, family & clients to a Sugar Shack in Quebec. It was a ton of fun and we vowed to have regular outings that allow us to visit local growers and producers, familiarize ourselves with their processes and challenges, while enjoying some fresh air, sunshine, and of course – food!
Our next trip is planned for Sunday June 17 (Father’s Day). We have some spaces available for friends & clients. If you are interested in joining us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. Seating is limited.
The itinerary is as follows:
Sunday June 17 - Depart Red Apron at 10AM
1st Stop: Suntech Greenhouses in Manotick
SunTech Greenhouses occupies a ninety acre lot in the town of Manotick. The initial facility was constructed in 1999 and covered 2.3 acres of the land. An additional twelve thousand square feet was added in the spring of 2001, bringing the greenhouse acreage to 2.5 acres. Since then, the infrastructure was increased by 1.5 acres in 2010, bringing the total greenhouse surface to 4 acres. Using state of the art hydroponic techniques Suntech provides premium quality produce and has been a supplier to the Red Apron for a number of years.
We plan to have a tour of the facilities which we expect will last approximately 1 hour.
2nd Stop: Clarmell on the Rideau
Just south of Manotick on the Rideau River we will visit this fifth-generation dairy farm has been in the Mussell family for more than 100 years, and is a designated ‘Century Farm’. In Recent years, Paul & Grace have moved from milking cows to milking goats, and produce a lovely Feta and Chevre, made 100% with their own goats’ milk, in a winning partnership with the Glengarry Fine Cheese Factory in Lancaster, Ontario. Their new herd was dominated by the Saanen breed, best known for the quality of their milk and their high production. The Mussells then added a judicious mix of Nubian, Alpine and Toggenberg goats whose milk would raise the total level of butterfat. We have been carrying their chevre in our retail store for a few months and it has become a very popular addition to our small cheese selection. We plan a tour of the facilities and have been promised lots and lots of baby goats to see and cuddle.
3rd and final stop:
Millers’ Farm & Market near Manotick was founded in 1981. Best known for their berries – they grow red and purple raspberries, strawberries,gooseberries & elderberries. We expect that at the time that we visit we should be able to pick Strawberries. They also have a Garden Centre where they sell flower, herb and vegetable plants. We will arrive at this destination shortly after 1pm and will allow 2 hours for berry picking and a picnic.
Again, this is a rain or shine event so if you reserve a spot, come rain or shine and dress appropriately.
We have about 40 seats available on the bus and there is no charge for staff, family, and clients. You will need to bring money if you plan to purchase treats along the way, and to pack a picnic lunch to be enjoyed at our final destination. The Red Apron will contribute a few items for sharing.
We are Mothers, residents of our community, entrepreneurs as well as active participants in our local economy. We individually have a history of owning and operating successful local businesses.
Our commitment to getting people “back to the table” starts at home and extends to our community through a number of philanthropic endeavours.