Tuesday, February 23 is Canada’s Agriculture Day it is a day to celebrate more than ever the food we love and the people who produce it. Today we reflect on how important supporting local producers is and thank them for their hard work and dedication to feeding our communities, country and the world – Join us as we raise a fork in their honour!
Tourism Red Deer’s partner, DNA Gardens of Elnora, Alberta is a prairie fruit farm that grows a variety of delicious fruits including 19 different varieties of Saskatoon berries, tart cherries, black currants, raspberries, numerous apples, sweet plums, and delicious pears. They even make Sauerkrauts aka fermented vegetables or cultured food, which offer incredible health benefits. Perhaps you would rather drink your fruit? Then you must try their variety of fruit wines, spirits and juices. Book a wine tasting tour in the orchard this summer and experience DNA Garden’s newest addition, Delidais Estate Winery. Visit them by appointment in the winter or during scheduled hours in the summer May 1 to September 30. They also have a location in the Gasoline Alley Farmers Market open every Friday to Sunday year-round.
Edgar Farms, another Tourism Red Deer member, is well known for its tender asparagus and their annual Asparagus Festival, held in past years. They also raise Angus beef which is home raised and fed only forage & grain, grown on their farm just down the road in Innisfail. Their summer specialties include sweet garden peas, snow peas, pea tendrils, broad, yellow and green bean varieties. They also provide a variety of jams and preserves, pies and more in their Country Store all handmade from their homegrown ingredients. “Everything is natural as it should be” – Edgar Farms.
The next time you visit one of our local breweries like Red Hart Brewing or Troubled Monk think about those that produce the barley used for maltings like Red Shed Malting or the hops grown and harvested on local farms like Hard Hels Hops. That cold pint you are sipping has a story and it could have originated right here in your backyard.
Let’s not forget the restaurants like Westlake Grill who pay homage to local producers on their menus. Like their delicious creation the Bacon n Big Bend Bison Ranches Burger or Grilled Bison Ribeye, locally sourced from one of the many Bison ranches in and around central Alberta. The simple potato deserves a round of applause from family-run farms like Scholing’s Produce Inc, the star in Cilantro and Chive’s Dill Pickle Poutine. The next time you visit the Gasoline Alley Farmers’ Market stop by the Innisfail Growers booth which supports local produce growers The Jungle Farm, Beck Farms, Upper Green Farms, Hillside Greenhouses and Edgar Farms.
Our list could go on and on, we are so fortunate to have an abundance of fresh ingredients available so close to home to nourish our bellies and enhance our communities. Find more to taste and discover at VisitRedDeer.com
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