The Kurtz family has always been a major producer of jam and jellies. At their land on the scenic Niagara Parkway, 50 acres of orchards and vineyards (and a large retail barn) overlook the dramatic Niagara River. A half-century ago wooden wagons out front offered fresh peaches and cherries along with a few jars of homemade jam. Today at Kurtz Orchards the second and third generations have elevated what was once a simple orchard to a haven for culinary tourists.
Surrounded by acres of scenic beauty, Kurtz Orchards stands as a testament to the land’s richness and ability to produce quality foods. At the marketplace visitors can savor the best of the farm’s estate products, from honey to wine jelly. Food demonstrations, culinary workshops, and other events are offered throughout the year. Kurtz Orchards also hosts private events, including weddings.The family-owned-and-operated business continually develops new products to capture the flavors of the Niagara region. Visitors can have a walkabout with a complimentary culinary tasting, take one of the Orchards’ regularly scheduled cooking classes, request a picnic basket of farm-fresh delicacies and baked goods, and even host an event there with ‘land-to-table’ catering done entirely by the Orchards.
Kurtz Orchards Farm & Gourmet Marketplace is located on the ‘the most beautiful drive in Canada,’ (according to Sir Winston Churchill).
In and around Niagara-on-the-Lake there is plenty for the entire family to enjoy. From historic Fort George to the warm, beautiful Butterfly Conservatory, to winery tours and tastings, there’s plenty of action along the Niagara River Parkway Bike Trail. The Niagara Gorge, with its pristine natural beauty, is captivating.