Date & Time:
Saturday October 3, 2015
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM PDT

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Oregon Flowers Inc.
20727 Pacific Highway East
Aurora, OR 97002

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Kathleen Williford, Event Coordinator
Certified American Grown 
P:  916.441.1701

On Saturday, October 3rd, fans of local flowers will gather in Aurora, Oregon, at Oregon Flowers Inc., where we'll celebrate seasonal flowers and delicious regional food and beverages. 

The company operates on 50 acres, with 8 acres under glass, producing an estimated 7 million stems of flowers and foliage annually.

Oregon Flowers sells its crops (lilies, tulips, calla lilies, peonies, hydrangea, and other flowering and ornamental shrubs and perennials) to wholesale florists in all 50 states and its blooms can be found locally in the Northwest at New Seasons Markets.

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Our Host Flower Farm: Oregon Flowers, Inc.

Situated in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Oregon Flowers Inc. opened its greenhouse doors in 1985 with a focus on producing top quality, consistent, and reliable cut flowers.

Today, Oregon Flowers continues this practice, growing lilies, tulips, calla lilies, and numerous seasonal cut flowers for wholesalers across North America.

In addition to fresh, prolific greenhouse varieties, Oregon Flowers grows seasonal tulips and calla lilies, plus a variety of field cut flowers and berries.

Our hosts, Martin and Helene Meskers, and son Tyler Meskers, pursued the American dream of grown cut flowers when they settled in the small agricultural town of Aurora, not far from Oregon's prolific wine-producing region.

They selected this region for its excellent soil quality and favorable climate for flower farming. Learn more about the Meskers family and their flowers in this recent article by Janet Eastman of The Oregonian. 
Our Guest Chef: Jaret Foster, Foster's Craft Cooking

Chef Jaret Foster of Portland's Foster's Craft Cooking

Foster’s Craft Cooking is a boutique catering and event company in Portland, Oregon, operated by Jaret Foster and Mona Johnson. 

Jaret and Mona are classically trained chefs who honed their craft cooking on both coasts, working on small farms and managing operations and communications at Portland Farmers Market. Their long-standing relationships with the region’s growers, ranchers, fishermen and producers provide them with direct access to the finest and freshest ingredients and a strong connection to Portland's vibrant food community.  

With Foster’s Craft Cooking, Jaret and Mona bring together their love of food from farm to table and dedication to the craft of good cooking to create memorable moments around the table. 

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Featured Winery: Van Duzer Vineyards

Van Duzer Vineyards, located in the Willamette Valley community of Dallas, has joined the Field to Vase Dinner Tour as our featured wine partner for the Oregon Flowers' event. We couldn't be more thrilled to feature local wine, along with local food and local flowers!

This allows Van Duzer's winemakers to achieve purity of fruit and texture of their Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, along with elegance and balance. The wines are well-suited for consumption with food, age-worthy and reward those who are patient.

Carl and Marilynn Thoma Van Duzer Vineyards was purchased by Carl and Marilynn Thoma in 1998.

They have continued to farm the 26-year-old vines planted to Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris while gradually upgrading and improving the vineyard practices through sustainable agricultural practices and winemaking. 

Van Duzer Vineyards is a member of LIVE, Inc. (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) and has been certified “sustainable” and Salmon Safe.

The vineyard maintains high biological diversity with strict accordance to LIVE's international standards. It promotes minimizing agricultural chemicals and fertilizers in conjunction with an Integrated Pest management program.

In the vineyards and in the production of its wines, Van Duzer Vineyards uses absolutely no GMO (genetically modified organisms).

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Our Guest Florist: Elizabeth Artis, Espe Floral + Foliage

Elizabeth is the creative director of Espe Floral + Foliage's design studio , based in Northwest Portland.

There, her 500-square-foot space is ideal for meeting with wedding clients and for producing lush, wild and amazing creations.

Elizabeth also manages the floral department at Food Front Co-op Grocery on NW Thurman St. in Portland, a shop-within-a-shop with everything from single stems and bunches to voluptuous bouquets, available seven days-a-week during store hours (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

You can connect with and follow Elizabeth at these social places:

Espe Floral + Foliage on Facebook

Espe Floral + Foliage on Instagram

Learn more about Elizabeth in her recent interview on the Slow Flowers Podcast.

Please note
: All Sales are FINAL. The Field to Vase Dinner will take place Rain or Shine. Please visit our FAQ Page for more details.   

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