17 backyard fruits – Sweet, fresh and very, very local

Even with a short season, Alberta gardeners grow apples, goji berries (pictured above), stone fruit, even grapes in their backyards. Here are just some of the fruit varieties available at the Prairie Gardens greenhouse right now. Apples We grow great apples that are hardy enough for the prairies. Red Sparkle, Winter Cheeks, Goodland, September Ruby and Kerr are all productive … Read More

Aw – Snap! It’s Winter.

CBC radio announcer’s voice drifts through my thoughts… “The cold snap continues – with no relief in sight!” A cruel high blew in from the north, bringing with it a bone chilling -32 C wind. The snow from last night and this morning isn’t going to be enough to keep the kale alive, I worry. So I’m still out harvesting, … Read More

Your Guide to Winter Squash

Winter Pumpkins

Winter Squash: More than just a pretty face Pumpkins may get all the glory at Halloween, but there are many other versatile, vividly colored, flavorful, and nutrient-packed varieties to brighten up fall and winter meals. Sweeter, denser, and more firm in texture than summer squash or zucchini, winter squash take well to a wide spectrum of seasonings and can be … Read More

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