What’s on Your Plate?
Central Alberta has been called the breadbasket of Alberta and it’s the ideal place for a visitor to discover exactly what’s on their plate. With more than 9,100 area farms, chances are the ingredients to make the delicious dishes at a favourite Edmonton or Calgary restaurant came from a Central Alberta farm. From meat and potatoes to milk and produce, we’ve got it covered and there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to meet our farmers and sample fresh food.
Divine Swine: The Farm with the Good Food is the official pork supplier for a number of top restaurants and supplied all the pork for the 2015 Divine Swine event in Calgary. Located outside Red Deer, this multi-generational mixed organic farm has an onsite HolmeHus antique shop and food store where you’ll find antiques, collectibles and farm fresh beef, pork, eggs and veggies. You can also tour the gardens, visit the animals and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Awesome Asparagus: For six generations, the Edgars have been farming near Innisfail and today they have the largest asparagus operation in the province. Edgar Farms welcomes visitors who want to purchase asparagus, peas, Angus beef, homemade pies and preserves right from the farm gate.
Take a Country Drive: Go for a Country Drive and you’ll discover a group of agri-tourism operators that welcome visitors onto their farms. Whether you’re buying fresh lamb and sheep’s wool from the onsite shop at Brown Eggs and Lamb or picking flowers and veggies at Eagle Creek Farms, you’ll discover great food and fun.
Great Gouda: When the Schalkwyk family emigrated from Holland to Canada to start a dairy farm near Sylvan Lake, they had a hard time finding the high quality Gouda cheese they were accustomed to in the Netherlands. With a long background in cheese making and a great milk supply, they decided to make their own cheese and thus began Sylvan Star Cheese. Since that time, their cheeses have won numerous awards. Visitors can purchase their delicious cheese at their on-farm shop or in several markets and shops.
BRING THIS STORY ALIVE: Come discover what’s on your plate. Visit area farms and have a cooking class with a farmer. We’ll set up an itinerary for qualified media. Contact Vicky Loughlin for more information.