At Borealis we are committed to sourcing our food and beverages as locally as possible. We are very fortunate to live in a province that is full of wonderful people committed to creating high-quality products for us to share with you! (And if we can't find it in Ontario...you bet we can find it in Canada!)
Buying local is important because it strengthens the economic base of our community while reducing the environmental impact of doing business. Buying local also creates jobs for the people around you as well as giving you an opportunity to build a relationship with the people producing the goods and services we all need. Buying local is a big win-win any way you look at it!
We are pleased to introduce some of our fantastic local farmers.
Bryan Gilvesy’s YU Ranch has supplied Texas Longhorn cattle to Borealis since 2007. Which is a great thing. Consider this: the ranch has been recognized with a range of awards, including theInternational Texas Longhorn Breeder of the YearAward, Premier’s Leadership Award for Agricultural Innovation and, in 2016, Food Tank’s InternationalFarmer Hero for Sustainability which identifies this remarkable rancher as one of seventeen farmer heroes around the world working toward sustainability, innovation and the local economy.
Sebastian Ramirez and Bethany Klapwyk began living their dream when, in 2014, they purchasedDeerfields Nursery – an eighty-three-acre organic farm located between Guelph and Hillsburgh. A community hub that relies on the support of family, friends, neighbors, and volunteers, the re-named Zocalo Organics supplies Borealis with seasonal salad mixes, cucumbers, herbs and other vegetables. And get this: Zocalo also provides restaurant staff with CSA (Community shared agriculture) farm shares , dropped at the restaurants, so staff can enjoy fresh organic produce at home too!
When David Johnson and Louise Engel (pictured) decided to move from Guelph where they’d run the Guelph Poultry Market to Niagara to found their own winery, Featherstone Estates, they wanted to create something truly sustainable. The result: a winery founded on biodynamic practices including sheep in the vineyard that trim the grass, trim the brush and fertilize the grapevines; and birds of prey that keep starlings and other birds that threaten the grapes at bay. And the best part: David and Louise purchase both their sheep and birds of prey from Carole at Chassagne Farm another Borealis farmer.
The greenhouses at Elmira’s Own Tomatoes are truly awe-inspiring. Row upon row of tomato plants towering into the sky above fill the indoor growing space year round. Farmer Stuart Horst notes that he and his staff regularly prune the plants by hand to ensure the perfect balance of fruit and leaf per stalk.The perfect balance, resulting in the perfect tomato made regularly available on the menu at Borealis.
It’s hard to believe that Wellington Brewery has been creating award winning craft beer for over thirty years now. Recognized as Canada’s oldest independently owned microbrewery, Wellington’sbrewmaster Marvin Dyck continues Wellington’sstoried tradition of crafting phenomenal real ales and fantastic one-offs that are packed with personality and sing with flavour.
Ever wonder who supplies Borealis with quail eggs and Cornish hens? Carole Precious a rare breed herself. Falconer. Painter. Sculptor. Calligrapher.Beekeeper. Zookeeper. Champion carriage racer.And proprietor at Chassagne Farm in Puslinch.Carole’s an incredible farmer and conservationist, and a humanist too. She is someone who has seen and done it all –including raising birds of prey and husbanding the Dailley flock: officially Flock #1 in theNorth American Shetland Sheep Registry.
When Adam van Bergeijk and his wife Hannieemigrated with their children from Holland to Canadain 1996, they brought with them the family tradition of dairy farming and prize-winning artisanal cheesemaking. Now settled on their present dairy farm in Wilmot Township, Adam and Hannie create great-tasting, high-quality, Gouda-style cheeses made with fresh milk from their own dairy cows.Cheeses that are incorporated into the menu at Borealis.
Neil Vandendool has been supplying Borealis with hormone- and antibiotic-free elk from his Rockwood farm for several years now. Self-described as the ‘anti-factory farm meat supplier,’ Neil’s OntarioHarvest also partners with select Ontario suppliers to provide restaurants including Borealis with everything from hormone- and antibiotic-free Ontario beef, chicken, Berkshire/Tamworth/Tamshire pork, wild boar, venison, and elk.