It’s a balmy spring morning and Elna and Doug Edgar are up early getting ready for visitors to arrive at their Central Alberta farm for the annual Asparagus Festival. It’s no small undertaking to host 2,000 visitors over three Sundays at a 6-generation family farm, but the Edgars believe it is important for people to see where their food comes from.
“The annual Asparagus Festival is a great opportunity for city folk to come out to the farm and see where their food is grown and meet the farmers,” says Elna Edgar. “We have dedicated our heart and soul to this farm and we love to share it with visitors.”
During the festival, farm guests can take a tractor ride out to the fields to see where the asparagus and other farm vegetables are grown. There’s a mascot, a petting zoo, a bale fort and other activities for children to enjoy and guest chefs are onsite preparing delicious asparagus tastings and sharing their knowledge. Some of Alberta’s top chefs
have come out to the farm for the festival including highly acclaimed chef Andrew Winfield of the River Café in Calgary. Artisan booths with arts and crafts, local produce, homemade pies and preserves and all natural Angus beef are on sale during the festival.
“Our farm store is open all summer, but we only offer tours to our fields during the Asparagus Festival,” explains Elna. “It’s wonderful that the festival has grown so big. It shows that people want to feel a connection with their food.”
With more than 9,100 farms in the Central region, fresh food is something we know a thing or two about. As a visitor to the Red Deer region you’ll find friendly western hospitality, farm fresh food, and remarkable rural activities to enjoy.
Whether you explore a farmers market, visit a greenhouse, shop at a local fresh food market or go directly to the farm gate, you will discover plenty of ways to experience the agricultural bounty of this region. Those who take in the Asparagus Festival, participate in the Country Drive, or experience another of the region’s agri-tourism offerings will also discover that finding farm fresh food is fun.