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Meet Brian Jess, Go Greens

Inside of a greenhouse at Go GreensBrian Jess and his sons are the farmers behind Go Greens in Brudenell, Ontario just west of Ottawa. For the past nine years they have provide the gorgeous collection of greens and herbs you see in our seasonal salad. If you exploded one of our seasonal salads, you would see 30 to 40 different greens and herbs in many shades of green, pink and purple. This beautiful display includes several types of kale and spinach, claytona, cress, sweet sicily, cooking greens, tarragon, dill, several edible flowers to name a few. Brian and sons have created a self-sufficient farm that uses organic methods and careful crop management. They use raised beds with natural compost and mulch. They have created hooped tents to keep insects down so there are no holes in these organic greens.

Famers at Go GreensAn artesian well keeps them beautifully hydrated.The next time you enjoy one of our seasonal salads, take a moment to examine the different shapes, colours and flavours. Take a moment to think of the care and attention that Brian Jess and his sons put into growing these beautiful greens and herbs.

Go Greens farm

Posted August 02, 2018 in: featured2

We love our local farm partners

This is a shout out to our local farmers that provide us, and in turn you, with fresh produce for our Bridgehead baking and savory menu items.

You have to be passionate and tireless to farm today. You need to be a MacGyver of sorts, one who wields a toolbox of skills including meteorology, marketing, science, animal husbandry, welding, mechanics and carpentry. Farming is a 24/7 commitment and it is unpredictable. A wet spring means a late start to our short growing season and ultimately that means less yield. A long, dry hot spell like we had in the first few weeks of July can stress crops and bring them to the brink of shrivelling in the field.

Our kitchen is proud to have 15 local farm partners that grow ingredients for our baked and savoury menu items. Having local ingredients means that the quality of produce is fresher and tastier. We understand the importance of buying local and keeping our dollars in our region. You get this too!

Join us in thanking our farmers for their hard work and delicious harvests!

Alska Farm: Low QC
Provider of our maple syrup appreciated as a natural sweetener in our kitchen.

Beking's Poultry Farm: Oxford Station, ON
A family run farm of free-range, grain-fed chickens.

Farinart: St. Liboire, QC
Provider of our kamut flour use in several baked items.

Go Greens Salads: Brudenell, ON
Brian Jess and his sons provide us with fresh organic greens and garlic for the mixed green salad.

La Bergerie des Sables: Curran, ON
Provider of our delicious Sheep's Milk Greek Yoghurt.

La Defriche: Ripon, QC
Provider of mixed bean sprouts.

Lavergne Western Beef: Navan, ON
Provider of our pork, chicken, & turkey.

Marion's Honey: Elgin, ON
Bringing sweet nectar from Lanark county.

Moulins de Soulanges: St. Polycarpe, QC
Provider of our viennoisserie flour used to make our croissants and Morning Buns!

O’Brien Farms: Dan O’Brien, Winchester, ON
A fourth generation family farm raising anti-biotic free, comfortable cattle that supply our beef.

P&H Milling: Cambridge, ON
Provider of our wheat flours used to make our sourdough breads.

Rideau Pines Farm: Ottawa, ON
The Vandenberg family provides a range of produce throughout the season.

St. Albert: Ottawa, ON
Provider of cheddar cheese.

Suntech Greenhouses: Manotick, ON
A 2.5-acre hydroponic, pesticide-free greenhouse that supplies our tomatoes, cucumbers and green beans, this supplier is especially important in the winter months.

Upper Canada Cranberries: Ottawa, ON
One of only three commercial cranberry farms in Ontario, Lyle Slater and his crew provide us with fresh cranberries.

Posted July 24, 2018 in: featured2