Alberta Open Farm Days, a weekend dedicated to the farmers and ranchers. Take the time to stop in for a visit, to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow our food. As well, some of Alberta’s most talented chefs and rural communities will be hosting a memorable series of farm to table culinary events that will be held around the province, using Alberta farm products. In the Red Deer area we have many events happening, so come join us as we explore the different ways you can celebrate this weekend. Check out the website for a full list of farms, tours and events.
Here are some Red Deer and region partners:
Troubled Monk Brewery
Troubled Monk guests will tour the facility, learning firsthand how beer and spirits are produced and packaged at Troubled Monk. These tours will be held at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, on Saturday, and 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm on Sunday.
Dinner on Ice
On Saturday, August 17, Evoke all five of your senses at Westerner Park’s Dinner On Ice; a unique long table dining experience laced with creativity and inspiration! Enjoy a five-course dinner on the Centrium’s ice, while being surrounded by 360 degrees of artistic expression through synchronized skating and Lyra (areial hoops)! The evening’s menu will feature farm-to-fork inspired dishes, infused with locally sourced ingredients from across Central Alberta. Prepare to be transported to a world of a million dreams! Doors will open at 5:30 pm with dinner served at 6:00 pm.
ReThink Red Deer
Why not join ReThink Red Deer at their community Garden with their Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture. This is where you will find timber framing and scythe versus brush cutter demos, tours of the Canada 150 Food Forest and Pollinator Garden plus the repaired crossing of Piper Creek (beaver habitat) both days from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Michener House Museum and Blacksmith Shop Museum
Taste of the Past with Lacombe & District Historical Society Sample historic foods at the Michener House Museum. Sit on our patio and enjoy the delicious food, or stroll through the gardens or downtown with one of our costumed historical interpreters from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. As well you can join us for Wool Mania at the Michener House. Learn to card and spin wool and participate in our rainbow knitting bee at the Museum. This is a free drop-in activity all day for Open Farm Days.
DNA Gardens is an orchard offering family fruit picking and fruit sales (both large and small). They have roughly 12 acres of land that has become an oasis of fruit with many varieties of cherries, raspberries, black currants, apples, plums, and Saskatoon berries. Visit their amazing farm store and café, specializing in farm fresh gelato, pie, kombucha and more! Grown, made and baked right there — truly a foodies paradise.
35344 Range Rd 230
The Jungle Farm
The Jungle Farm is another great place to take in during Open Farms Days, filled with authentic family fun that has old and new farm favourites waiting around each corner. From their vast u-pick filled with new arrays of fresh produce each season to the giant play area, eight-acre corn maze and unique festivals, this farm is a must-visit during spring, summer and fall.
28120 Township Rd 362
Red Deer County, Alberta
Eagle Creek Farms & Bowden Sun Maze
Eagle Creek Farms is a family farm nestled in the beautiful prairies of Central Alberta. Among other things Eagle Creek Farms operates a CSA, Community Shared Agriculture vegetable delivery program serving 300 families in Red Deer, Olds and Calgary. For 14 weeks throughout the summer, deliveries of fresh vegetables harvested fresh from our fields and delivered to our share families. You can find u-pick strawberries, flowers, peas, beans and more fresh veg! Don’t forget that from early August until mid-October, you can navigate a maze grown from 100,000 smiling sunflowers!
34530 Range Road #14
Red Deer County, Alberta
Edgar Farms grow market garden asparagus, peas and beans as well as traditional crops and beef cattle on their sixth generation family farm. Their unique central Alberta location provides the ideal soil conditions and cool climate to produce the sweetest, most tender, flavourful freshest product you will ever taste. Their Country Store offers delicious seasonal, freshly picked produce, homemade preserves and pies, plus all natural Angus beef.
1465 Twp. Road 352
Red Deer County, Alberta
Directions: Located 10km West of Innisfail on the Cottonwood Road (Township Road 352).
Farm with the Good Food
The best hand raised food can be found at the Farm with the Good Food. Free range animals that lead happy lives are the most important goals for this farm. Don’t forget to bring home some of their amazing farm fresh eggs. It is also a great outing for parents or grandparents with children to see a working farm.
High Tea on the Farm and Sourdough Bread Making and Baking 101
Come and enjoy High Tea on the farm served up in vintage mismatched china. You will have your choice of either a saucer of fresh baked sweets or a savoury one made up of a frikandel, (Danish meatball) rodkal (braised red cabbage) and 100% wild yeast sourdough focaccia to go with your choice of tea or coffee.
No reservations needed as we have put a casual spin on this age old tradition with tables set up under the beautiful mature trees in the yard. Come anytime during the day and grab a little table for 2 or sit at one of the communal tables and chat with your neighbour whilst soaking up the farm atmosphere. Children are also welcome as there is a play area with a slide, swings and farm tours all throughout the two days.
They will also have their portable kitchen trailer parked in the yard and will be baking up sourdough on site all day. Learn the benefits of a long cold ferment – a process that not only leads to the most exceptional tasting bread but also uses a wild yeast to allow you to digest it better. You are encouraged to take home a jar of their starter to begin your sourdough journey of baking your own bread.
Of course there will be samples of sourdough complete with home churned cultured butter, spreads and compotes sweetened with dates as opposed to sugar. There will also be a big pot of steaming soup on the stove to serve up each day until it is gone with your sourdough samples.
This farm is also the home of HolmeHus Antiques so there is shopping! The store accepts cash, credit card and cheques. No debit so come prepared as you are sure to find a treasure or at the very least, pick up a dozen farm fresh eggs also being sold as farmgate sales.
RR1, LCD 1
Red Deer, Alberta
Directions: From the QE2 at Red Deer, west on Highway 11 or 11A for 3km. At blue tourism signs saying “HolmeHus Antiques”, turn north or south as indicated. They are on the east side of RR 282.