Rural Roots Farmer Showcase Event

Join us as we showcase Local Farmers and Food Artisans at the George Pegg Botanic Gardens in Glenevis Alberta, August 17 from 9 to 4 at our Rural Roots Farmer Showcase event as part of Alberta Open Farm Days.  We are super excited about finally pulling this all together.  Imagine, a beautiful garden outdoor market where you can come and meet the people who grow the food and get to know them, see how they operate and what they are about, learning about Agriculture in Alberta, it’s challenges and rewards, and the dedicated individuals who make it work.  Learn about one of our pioneer plant botanists, and visit the local vendors market, where you will want to pick up all kinds of goodies.  Rain or shine we will offer local food, frozen meat items and products, fresh garden grown produce and sourdough breads.  We have an artisan baker who will bring her mobile cobb oven for some incredible fresh baked pizzas and other delights.  We have a coffee efficianado, who blends and roasts coffees in her home in Edmonton, and you can experience all the other wonders of farming history at George Pegg Gardens.  Stay tuned, as we will regularly update you on what we are offering and who is coming.

Also that weekend is the local fair at Darwell, just a hop skip away from us and they have their annual tractor pull happening as well. If you are interested, you can find more details on our Facebook page, under Rural Roots Farmer Showcase.  We are also having a culinary event that you will not want to miss in the evening.  We have managed to snag the enthusiastic brother sister duo of Brad and Cindy Lazarenko of Culina To Go and formerly at the Muttart Conservatory.  They are super excited about having this local farmer long table dinner event, but you have to have a ticket.  We are offering this event through Eventbrite soon, so stay tuned.  The dinner will feature cocktails and a cash bar featuring the Bent Stick Distillery and Black Diamond Brewing.

 

 

Plants

Hi to all you gardeners out there

To those who have gotten hold of us about starter plants, thank you.  We will have your plants ready to pick up after the long weekend is May.  We may have extras at that time, so call if you are interested or email.  We will also have some at the markets early.  Hope all of you are enjoying the spring weather, and looking forward to another whirlwind summer.  Have fun and be safe,

Denise

2019 Workshops

Hi everyone.

Just finalizing details on workshops for the upcoming season;

Some of you expressed interest in coming out and helping with the greenhouse and planting or taking care of the garden this summer.  I am opening it up to all helpers.  We will have a help in the greenhouse day, and several planting and gardening days.  This year we are growing organic vegetables that are on offer for pickup in Edmonton weekly.  You can buy a share and pay week to week.  See Birch Island Foods at gmail dot com for details.  Website:  birchislandfoods dot ca

Greenhouse helpers day – bring a bag lunch and come help transplant in the greenhouse for the morning, afternoon or all day.  Limited space, contact me via email if you are interested.  This will happen Starting April 28, May 4, May 11, and then we will see.  We will also be building some temporary greenhouses, hoop houses and preparing garden beds.

Planting workshops will be May 18, May 25 and June 1, 8, and 15.  We will be teaching about planting transplants, care and maintenance of the garden, mulching beds, and planting the fields, which you might be able to glimpse and partake of also.  We will be putting on the floating row covers, and tending the garlic and potato beds.  Participants will be able to take home fresh veggies and possibly plants for their own gardens.

We will also host participants through the summer on Saturday afternoons for help with garden maintenance in exchange for fresh produce or beef.  Give us a call or email smileyo at xplornet dot ca if you are interested in any of these dates, and I will put your name in.  We have limited space and it is for a few hours so we would like to know who is coming so all our weekends are not tied up and no one shows up.  Thanks to all who are passionate about gardening and want to know more about organic growing of large scale produce, heirloom seed production or farming.

We also have one position open for a summer helper.  It is not paid but we could do an exchange for a garden spot if you are interested.  I have one who is, but if you are interested, please email me anyway.

We are also planning a mushroom hunt and walk for June 1 in the morning, just to have a quick look around and see if anything is showing up yet.  Email if you want to combine that with the afternoon in the garden.  Fee is $20.

Our fall mushroom hunts will be August 24 and 31.  They will be here in Cherhill.  Some of you emailed about getting me out to your location.  Just send me a quick reminder and we will figure out dates for that.  Fall hunts are $20 per person.

Our herb walk and tincture day will be August 10.  Fee is $50 and it is all day education about wild plants and medicinal uses.  You must register in advance.  It is a potluck and we will do it weather be darned.

OUR SUPERFANTASTIC Alberta Open Farm Days event called the Rural Roots Farmer Showcase is happening August 17, at the George Pegg Botanic Garden!!  We are so excited to be part of this first Annual Local food event in the County of Lac Ste Anne and we will be showcasing local food and farmers during the hours of 9 AM to 4 PM.  All local farmers with products, food, anything wonderful will be there for you to meet, and learn about where your food is coming from and what their philosophy is on their farms.  We will have local beer and or wine, crafts, art and musicians, and it will be a wonderful time to experience local delicacies.  In the evening from 5-9 we close the garden as it is a ticketed LOCAL FOOD EXTRAVAGANZA CULINARY EXPERIENCE!!  Local chefs with extensive experience will work with local farmers fresh items to prepare the meal of the century!  It will be a dining experience to remember under the open skies and fantastic surroundings of one of the oldest, most unique gardens in Alberta.  A best kept secret.  Tickets are limited to 50 and are $100 each.  If you are interested, you must get a hold of us early.  Call 780 seven eight five, 2622.

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I am thinking of hosting a preservation workshop for canning and freezing and drying of fresh produce for long term storage.  This will be informal but at a commercial kitchen in the local hall. So there will be a full day workshop, and you will have to bring a canner, jars and whatever you want to preserve.  We will cover pickles, jam, jelly, fresh fruit, vegetables in season and kale chips probably.  We might even do relish.  I would bring in a seasoned professional with me and it will be limited space, only 15 participants.  The fee for the day is $50 to cover hall rental and educational materials and recipes.  Please email me early as this always fills up.  We will host this in July on the 20th if the hall is available.

Also on July 24 in the afternoon of the mushroom walk, we will have a workshop on beginner seed saving, so people can take a walk in the garden and learn about pollinating by hand (melons and squashes), see the plants in various stages of seed development and help with some harvest of early things (lettuce).  It is an awesome time to be in the garden and in the world.  Space limited to 10.  This course will be $25.  We will host another in September on the 7th and 14th when there are more hands on things to do.  Again, these are $25.

We may host some final gardening workshops in late August and early September where helpers can take home fresh produce in exchange for help with the harvesting and clean up of the gardens.  If you are interested, call or email.

We will do a final seed harvesting workshop in October.  TBA.

I hope everyone has a great season, and makes this the year to learn about all those things that are important to you and that you actually take the time for you!!

Make it a great year!

Denise

Canadian Foods Site

Who doesn’t love food?  How would you like to know how to source more local foods in your area easily and contact the owners directly?

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Now you can through a new website called Canadiancoolfoods.com

https://canadiancoolfoods.com/

The owner reached out to me as she is building a listing of heirloom seed growers for Canada and her website already contains a listing of all the other food growers.  Check it out.  And if you know someone with a great local product, get them in touch with her also through the website.  Let’s network this so everyone is involved, growers and consumers alike.

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Preorder call for Bedding Plants

mammoth basilSpring has sprung in the greenhouse!

 

We are taking preorders for bedding plants including flowers, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and celery.  If your green thumb is not green enough, let us help you get a leg up on this years garden produce.  We will grow you what you need and have them ready for pickup and hardened off in time to go into the garden.  Plants are $4 each for all 4″ pots and $6 per 6 pack of flowers. Tomatoes will be in a 6″ pot and are $6 each.  Call ahead before Feb 15 to ensure we can grow them for you.  The varieties we will grow are beyond our current seed offering, so if you are looking for something specific, call 780-785-2622 to see if we have it or will grow it.

Also we are expanding the garden to offer produce at the local farmers markets.  We hope to be able to get into St. Albert and City Center.  We will keep you posted on our offerings and also check out anything else we sell on our hillanddalefarm.wordpress.com site.

We will be offering summer courses as well on gardening, composting, wilderness foods and foraging, growing grains and threshing, wild mushroom identification and tincture prep., starry night events, electronic detox. weekends, seed saving and harvesting vegetables among other things.  Keep posted for dates and times.  If you have a special interest, call ahead and email us to be put on the list.  It is a busy time of year and I get a lot of emails so if you don’t hear back within a week, please remind me.  Thanks everyone!