Play with your food: Ten things to do with pumpkins


It’s pumpkin season at Prairie Gardens – where Tam and her team grow 100,000 pumpkins every year! Giant Jacks, ice blue (with and without belly buttons), green and bumpy, tiny and white – what are you going to do with all these? Make a pie or watch them fly – here are ten ways to play with pumpkins. Haunted Pumpkin … Read More

CSA family report: Our magic Sundays


It’s been a sweet summer for us at the farm. We’ve been eating our vegetables all through the week and each Sunday we play on the go-karts and swing in the farm’s old tree. Sometimes I remember to bring our leftover greens for the goats, sheep and bunnies. Mama goats love them especially. This is our fourth year in the CSA, … Read More

Plant. Rain. Weed. Grow.


A letter from Farmer Tam It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to sit and write. It’s been a furious, tumultuous, crazy spring season. Scatter the seeds. Plant the onions. Plant the tomatoes. Transplant the pumpkins. Rain! Weeds. Grow. Now that spring has come and gone, it’s with a heavy heart; I share the news that my Mum, … Read More

Keep herbs for two weeks: Lessons from the CSA


Prairie Garden’s CSA is up and running! We’ve had a potluck, a veggie-garden-in-a-pot workshop and two bountiful spring harvests so far. And on July 3, CSA families start picking up their food from the good farm every Sunday (Monday pick-up is also available in the city). Even though this is my family’s fourth CSA season, I’m still learning something new … Read More

Prairie Gardens Veggie Growers Tips: Enough planning…let’s get planting!

Pickling Cucumbers

In Edmonton, this is the official – It’s time to plant! Which means that the odds of a late spring frost date has dipped below 15% ! It’s time to plant and enjoy those warm-season vegetables! So enough planning … let’s get planting! Here’s my tip list for getting the most from your plants all summer long. 1. Plant your … Read More

Seabuckthorn Berry & Red Clover Blossom Syrup Vinaigrette Recipe

Courtesy: Executive Chef Anthony McCarthy The Saskatoon Club 1 cup seabuckthorn berries ½ cup Red clover blossom syrup 1 orange, juiced 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard ¼ cup White wine vinegar 1 oz Fresh chopped thyme 1 finely chopped shallot 1 ½ cups Canola oil ½ cup Olive oil Salt and pepper . Put seabuckthorn berries, vinegar, orange juice and syrup … Read More

Passion and Partnerships Key to Adventure Farm’s Healthy Harvest


It started out 60 years ago as a tree nursery and greenhouse. Today, Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm is a family-friendly tourist destination that attracts 50,000 visitors a year. The journey has been one of passion and partnership, lifelong learning and innovation, and a business model that can only be described as relentless. “Everything we do is about building community and connecting … Read More

Hardy Sour Cherries


6 Tips for Growing Tart Pie Cherries in Edmonton Plant Sour Cherries in a protected area with well drained soil. Avoid low lying areas where cold air collects. Windbreak are recommended for North and West sides of the orchard. Late winter or early spring is the best time to prune. Pruning of damaged branches can be done at anytime. Never … Read More

How to grow tomatoes like a farmer


Five things tomatoes love Tam grows incredible tomatoes – they climb all the way to the greenhouse roof! Here are five growing tips from our favourite farmer. Tomatoes love hot summer We have long days here in the summer, but the really hot weather that tomatoes love is short. Pick a short season variety – 55-60 days is ideal for … Read More

Farmer Tam’s Let it Snow blog post


LET IT SNOW by Farmer Tam We welcomed a delightful family of travel-bloggers to the farm from sunny Australia – who were amazed to experience the farm last fall – just after it snowed! The snow made a huge impression on their children, Cassie, age 5, and Eddie, age 11. Imagine these kids seeing snow for the first time – … Read More