Strawberries Galore!

Carrie’s CSA strawberry muffins & jam I was floored when I was handed our family share of strawberries a couple Sundays ago! Whoo-hoo! Jam time! I didn’t make jam that afternoon because I wasn’t prepared – I ended up making a batch on Monday. Cooked strawberry jam Berries were washed, halved and hulled. You definitely do not want the little core … Read More

Carrie’s CSA adventures with Amaranth and Wheat berries

July 2nd’s CSA basket from Prairie Gardens contained: Amaranth Red Root Bunch, Lambsquarters (Fat Hen), Rhubarb, Edible Flowers, Oregano, Tea Mix (Pineapple Mint, Sage, Stevia), Oxalis, Multiplier Onions and Wheat Berries. This week I had success in creating something new for the family and I also had some hiccups. Let’s start with the items that didn’t go as planned. Transplanting … Read More

Carrie’s CSA blog: Sorrel and Rhubarb in June

The last pick-up included: French Sorrel, Chives, Lambsquarters (Fat Hen), Rhubarb, Red-Veined Sorrel, and a 4-pack of Marigolds. This pick-up was a good practice run for our new CSA members, just to get the feel of how the basic process will work for all the pick-ups, here on out. It’s so much fun! The rhubarb didn’t last long in our house. … Read More

Welcome to Prairie Gardens CSA blog!

My name is Carrie and I will be writing about my experiences and adventures with the CSA program. This is my second year to be apart of the program. During last year’s run, I started a blog called A Spoonful of Local because I was having so much fun with the baskets and I wanted to share those experiences. (Last … Read More

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