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Recipes

Petrofka’s Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Yields 1 cup

Ingredients:

1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon Petrofka’s Sweet-N-Spicy Apple Mustard
1/4 cup of Petrofka ACV
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1-2 tablespoons Hannigan’s raw honey
1/3 cup North Prairie Gold canola oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in glass jar, then seal the lid and shake until the honey dissolves and the ingredients are well combined. For best flavor, allow the dressing to marinate for at least 30 minutes before serving over your favorite greens.

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week, and shake well before serving.

Are you ready for it?

Several new products will be released this year and here are the newest ones hot off the press.

Awesome Infused Vinegar

Garlic and Oregano

Diana has found a way to improve her already fine artisan-made vinegar.  Using Petrofka’s Extra-Aged Apple Cider Vinegar she slowly infuses it with great flavors such as fresh garlic, herbs, spices and whole fruit.

Non-pasteurized
5-6% acetic acid
“Mother of Vinegar” present

Three great flavors you have to try!

Garlic & Oregano
Garlic & Oregano
RASP_ACV
Raspberry Mint
Cinnamon, Orange, and Rosemary
Cinnamon, Orange, and Rosemary

PETROFKA ORCHARDS FIRST YEAR AT SUNDOG

2015 SUNDOG ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FAIRE THIS WEEKEND!

We are so excited to taking part in this awesome yearly event!  We have made over 2,500 jars of our gourmet apple products not to mention wonderful gift baskets for this show.

FACEBOOK SPECIAL:  We have a special offer for our FACEBOOK FANS! So LIKE US and SAVE!

PRINT OR SHOW US THIS COUPON AT CHECKOUT.

5 OFF Coupon

EVENT DATES:     December 4, 5 & 6
WHERE:                   Booth #145, SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon (formerly CUC).

Check out the Sundog website for more event details. (http://www.sundoghandcraftfaire.com/)

PRAIRIE SENSATIONS ARE IN!

Picked this one right off the tree this morning.  See the size?  Yes that is a loonie beside it.  We start picking today so come get them while we have them in stock!  They are really sweet and great keepers if you haven’t tried them before.  Best sellers all around!

Prairie Sensation 2015

Lots of Fresh Veggies Available

We have lots of great fresh veggies!  Peas in pods, zucchini (green & yellow), onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and some delicious baby potatoes!  Saskatoon Berries are plentiful and available in 3 sizes!  Four types of our “More Fruit-Less Crust” pies will be flying out of the oven every few hours ! RhubaToon, Saskatoon, AppleToon and our best seller,  Apple Pie.

This weekend is the 12-40 and Beyond Tour.  We will be serving very own Apple Smokies on a bun, fresh new-potato salad, ice cream with Saskatoon Berry topping and of course apple pie & ice cream.

Come join the fun and walk our beautiful trails and picnic our scenic riverfront beach.

SEE YOU SOON!

STRAWBERRIES ARE IN!

Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (like vitamin C), strawberries offer a wide range of health benefits and they taste AWESOME!  Now I can make strawberry rhubarb pie!  Come and get it!
June Bearing Strawberries
June Bearing Strawberries
June Bearing Strawberries
June Bearing Strawberries

Orchard Update (June 2015)

What a year so far!  Fireblight has taken out 300 apple trees to date.  I continue to cut out more every week.   After much research, I decided I must spray to save the orchard .  However, the weather did not cooperate.  The day before I was to spray, the orchard was hit with strong winds and rain and took all the blossoms off leaving nothing to spray. So on a good note, our apples tree weren’t sprayed and on a bad note our apple trees weren’t sprayed.  FireBlight_May2015

What is fireblight and where did it come from?

Fireblight (Erwina amylovora) is a severely destructive bacterial disease of apples that kills blossoms, shoots, limbs and entire trees.  It is very difficult and costly to control.   Fireblight will only grow and spread if bacteria is present (which was evident) and certain weather conditions exist (warm, wet, humid summer conditions).  The disease spreads very easily:  1) overwinter through the cankers on the limbs; 2) pruning without properly disinfecting pruning tools; 3) blossom infections – early spring insects visiting infected trees and spreading it to the others; and 4) wind and rain.

Orchard1_May22_2015_2

So now what, we will continue to cut out and burn the infected trees and branches.  In the fall, we will apply a copper spray on our infected trees.  Next spring, we will spray antibiotic at next bloom.   Also, I am going to plant several new trees and start growing more trees using the most “fireblight” rootstock and I can find.

On a positive note, we have some great new products in our store and our walking trails are better than ever.   Come visit us!  We are open 5 days a week and 11 hours a day.  (closed Tuesdays & Wednesday).  New produce arriving weekly!

Sweet-N-Spicy Apple Mustard
Sweet-N-Spicy Apple Mustard
Apple Sausage
Nitrate Free Apple Sausage – Diana’s own recipe prepared by Green Leaf Meats.

 

 

What a blend of spices with the slowly cooked apples!
Apple Butter
OMG Kale Chips
OMG Kale Chips

Come Smell the Fragrant Apple Blossoms

This is one of my favorite times at the orchard.  Flowers mean Apples!  Apple blossoms have cherry pink and white petals and are very fragrant.  They have 5 roundish petals .  With over 14 varieties in the orchard, our trees blossom at different times beginning in May and usually ending in June.  Our trail map is completed so download one and enjoy a 1.5 km walk around the orchard and stop to smell the roses flowers.

OPEN FOR 2015

IMG_1978IMG_1982     IMG_1974 IMG_1973 IMG_1985 IMG_1984 IMG_1983OPEN FOR BUSINESS!  Pies are in the oven, jams on the shelves and fresh sausage in the cooler!

We have expanded our retail space to make room for our new great products.  We have also started carrying other local producer products too!

Apple Butter, Apple Pie Jam made with honey instead of sugar, Pineapple Apple Jam, AppleToon Pie, OMG Kale Chips, and Apple Sausage  made from Diana's own special recipe and guess what NO NITRATES!

We are opened for more hours too .  We are opened Thursday – Monday from 9 am – 8 pm and closed Tuesday and Wednesday.