Best of the Fraser Valley Tour
Rooted in Passion & Expertise
Tuesday, September 25 (NEW! Pre-Show Event)
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Depart Tradex: 9:30 am (please arrive 15 minutes earlier)
Return to Tradex: 5:30 pm
Early Bird Registration: BCLNA Members $150; Non-Members: $175
After Sept 7: BCLNA Members $175; Non-Members: $200
Price includes lunch and refreshments.
Max 20 participants
This year’s tour features 5 fascinating sites in the Fraser Valley which showcase generations of passion and expertise rooted in the Fraser Valley’s agriculture and horticulture industry. The owners will share their stories, take you on a tour of their facilities while sharing their specific product knowledge (and product samples) with you. Here are the sites you will be visiting:
DeVry Greenhouses and Nursery
- DeVry Greenhouses has a long history, beginning in the early 1930’s when they grew lettuce and tomatoes in the Netherlands. Fast forward to 2018, the poinsettias that were their first crop in BC remain a greenhouse specialty. Today Devry’s grows a complete line of annuals, vegetables and herbs. In addition, they harvest over 350,000 cedar trees each year, which are sold coast to coast. Operating from 3 nursery locations, they have 47 acres of production in glass houses, with the latest technology in computer-controlled heating, ventilation and irrigation. Meet the owners and tour the facility to hear more about their story.
- Foamer (definition): a person obsessed with trains; a trainspotter. Although located next to the Westcoast Express train station, these Pitt Meadows brew masters are obsessed with the quality of their beer, not the style of the trains that pass close by. Having opened the doors in December 2015 their beer began winning awards in 2016. Learn more about this craft brewery, have a peek behind the scenes and “Meet the Beer” while enjoying a flight of 4 on-tap creations.
- Your lunch destination, Hopcott Meats, has roots in the Pitt Meadows farming community going back over 80 years. Hopcott Farm grew and diversified throughout the years and in 2006 launched Hopcott Premium Meats. Dedicated to selling meat, produce and dairy products from local farms, Hotcott Meats quickly became a Lower Mainland foodie destination. In 2015, an ambitious expansion brought the store size to 17,000 square feet and as a result, product selection increased and the bistro opened. Discover the changes this 3rd generation farm went through, from the early years of dairy farming to the upscale market and country-wedding destination that it is today.
Golden Ears Cheese Crafters
- Here you’ll meet two vibrant young sisters who are part of a 5th generation farming family from Maple Ridge. Emma and Jenna Davison own and operate Golden Ears Cheese Crafters. Using milk from their family’s dairy farm, this operation produces artisan cheeses, cheddar curds and cultured butter. Find out more about this exciting company, how and why they got started, sample some fine artisan cheese, and browse their retail store.
Thyme on 43rd
- Thyme on 43rd is a Japanese Garden designed and constructed by Hayati Ogawa of Ogawa Landscape Design. This was a five-year project, incorporating the thought, planning and hard work of a true craftsman.Winner of the Grand Prize in the 2013 BC Landscape Awards of Excellence, the installation of this garden drew on structures and techniques dating back to 17th century Japan. Every plant, tree and stone were carefully chosen for their unique character and destination in the garden layout. Abundant water features showcase waterfalls, a koi pond and an expansive pebble stream. Stroll past the Azumaya gazebo, over the wooden bridge and along the pathways as owner Evelyn Faulkner hosts the tour of this magical space.