2020 Flood – April 25, 2020
We had a large amount of water cover the majority of our46 acres. We measured a couple spots on our walking trails (Apple Lane) that were 7 feet deep.
CTV News – September 25, 2019
People and Dog Cake will be served.
Sadie’s birthday wish is to help other dogs so today $2 from every pie sale will be given to her furry friends! Guess my weight and win $20.00 gift certificate for our Country Store.
Sadie’s Charity of Choice: We All Need A Rescue (WANAR) K9 Rescue is an organization dedicated to saving lives of Saskatchewan dogs.
Our annual festival celebrates all things apple. Our 46 acres become a showcase for our Saskatchewan grown apples where we proudly offer up a wide variety of fresh picked apples and other goodies. You’ll also find the best food and beverages – including fresh-pressed apple cider, pies, caramel apples, Apple Smokie on a bun, and so much more. Live music by the Paddlewheelers, tractor tours run every 20 minutes (tickets will need to be purchased in advance due to the limited seats) and the Sour Cherry Spitting or Pie Eating Contests will be where all the action is, so sign up early if you want your chance to win a prize. Your visit wouldn’t be complete without browsing through our Country Orchard Store. Remember, our event offers FREE admission and FREE parking.
Great Food (Prairie Sensation Café Menu available too)
- Doukhobor Bread
- Perogy Buns
- Apple Cinnamon Buns
- Apple Cider Donuts
- Borshch & Bread
- Caramel apples
- Apple Smokies on a bun
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Pies, treats and more
- Ken’s Tightrope Line
- Obstacle Course
- Face Painting
- Pyramid Haystack
- Playground area
- Pie Eating Contest (2 PM)
- Cherry Pit Spitting contest (3 PM)
- Tractor Rides ($3/per person)
- Walk the trails & visit the country store
- Live music by Paddlewheelers
- Enter BBQ at Lake Draw
This year there is little apples on our trees but that isn’t stopping us from our 1st Ever AppleFest. Put it on your calendars – Saturday August 18th – 12 – 5 pm (let us know you are coming to help us prepare- Facebook Event)
- Delicious food Apple Smokie on a Bun, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Doukhobor Borsch & Bread, Bread and Pie by the slice, Caramel Apples
- Live music by the Paddlewheelers
- Kid’s activities (including a face painting, Pyramid Haystack & Pool Noodle Obstacle Course)
- Tractor rides from 1 to 3 pm ($2.00/person)
- Coloring Contest
- Pie Eating Contest (contest rules)
- Walk the trails & view the orchards
- Draws and More (draw details)
12-40 and BEYOND ARTISAN TOUR
July 28-29, 2018
Living Well Whole Foods & More – Meet the Owners
Sunday July 8th – – Featuring their Healing Drinks
Saturday, July 14 – Featuring their Whitening Tooth Powder
Sunday, July 22, – Featuring the Organic Teas
NASA at Petrofka Orchard?
NASA is using Saskatchewan’s wetlands and the North Saskatchewan River as a testing ground for new water mapping technologies. These wonderful researchers have become not only great customers, but good friends. To read more about the SWOT project click here ( NASA. ) Global News did a piece on them too.
We are able to get some DRONE VIDEO of our land so you can view it here.
Sep 3, 2017 – Royal Rally Event
We were very privileged to be part of the 2017 Royal Rally. If you haven’t heard about it go to their website to find out more. www.royalrally.org or facebook page What a great time had by all. We served our best pulled-pork sandwiches (made with our Sweet-N-Smokey Apple BBQ Sauce which everybody really enjoyed. Scavenger hunt was an adventure in our walking trails as well as in our store! Thanks to everybody who participated.
July 24 – Moose in the Orchard
Hail Damage wipes out 75% of the 2017 Crop
Once again we will be participating in the 12-40 Beyond Tour July 22 and 23rd. We will be serving pulled pork sandwiches made with our amazing Sweet-N-Smokey BBQ Sauce. Pies, ice cream and more! Stop by and see all the nifty things we have been creating.
March 10, 2017
Diana spends the morning with two Grade 3 classrooms in Rosthern Elementary School . Petrofka joined the Agriculture in the Classroom. Program this year. We did a science experiment called “Why Do Apples Turn Brown?” Diana also read the the book entitled “What’s Growing Around Us” This educational storybook highlights many of the crops and livestock that are grown and raised on the prairies. An awesome day with awesome children.
December 2-4, 2016
Global News Visits the Orchard – Aired on October 11, 2016
Part 1 – Jeff showing Stu how we make our Soft Apple Cider using a bladder press.
Part 2 – Diana showing Stu our Apple Cider Vinegar room where our regular and infused vinegar is made.
Part 3 – Laura demonstrates how our drill press is used to peel our apples and then Stu’s job is to slice them up using our chopper.
Part 4 -Taste testing begins! We currently have 32 different products we make at the Orchard.
Part 1 – 4 ( over 7 minutes long). YouTube
CTV News – September 2014
March 2015 – SaskBusiness Magazine
Nathan Hursh wrote a nice article on our first year of business. SASKBUSINESS – MARCH 2015
September 2 – October 11, 2014
CRAVE CUPCAKES is featuring Petrofka’s Prairie Sensation apples this month (until October 11th). I knew they would be good but OMG – they are incredible! You have to try them so get down to their Saskatoon location at 802 Broadway Avenue. (and don’t make the same mistake I made -get the full-size one not the mini, you won’t regret it!)
Sept 30, 2014
Maleeha Sheikh with CTV Morning Live stopped by the Orchard on September 25th to see how we make our Apple Cider and Dehydrated Apples. She interviewed Jeff, Larissa and myself and we had a blast. Meleeha is really a wonderful lady on and off the camera. The four segments aired on the Tuesday September 30 morning show. You can view one of the segments here: CTV MORNING LIVE – SEPT 30, 2014
Sept 17, 2014
Thanks goes out to the seven Saskatoon School of Horticulture students for spending the afternoon with us. Jeff and I hope you learned a few new things about trees, disease and some behind the scenes of how an orchard runs.
I sure enjoyed having 14 seniors cruising around the orchard store and processing building. They drove out from the Primrose Chateau retirement home in Saskatoon and hopefully learned a little about what we are all about. I had lots of laughs. I loved the stories so thanks so much for sharing them with me!
July 26 – 27, 2014
Petrofka Orchard is once again participating in the 12-40 and Beyond Tour. All venues are within a 30 minute drive from Blaine Lake and can be easily found as we display large red grain elevators signs. Enjoy great scenic drives and visit art studios, an antique museum, blacksmith shop other significant venues that are signature of the fine talents of our rural residents.
Learn how to set a loom, temper hot steel, view or purchase paintings, art prints, art cards, mosaic tables and a variety of handmade items. Artisan and blacksmith demonstrations are held all weekend.
Saturday, July 26, 2014 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
We encourage you to bring a picnic lunch to eat at one of the relaxing picnic sites at the venues on the tour. For more vendor information visit our website.
May 18, 2014
Penny McKinlay mentioned Petrofka Orchard in her “Wanderlust & Words” blog. Penny is a writer and researcher who I have worked with at the University of Saskatchewan. She specializes in communication, research and story telling. To read more Click Here