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, …

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 …

Pickling Cucumbers

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 – …

Tam’s top three CSA seeds

Summer dreaming Every February, rebelling against the snow, I order way too many garden seeds. There are always a bunch of new seeds I’ve never tried before – like this year’s red bloody butcher corn – and some that I plant every year without luck – fifth year’s a charm for blue breadseed poppies, am I right? And then there …

Wedding Testimonial: Nathan & Courtney

Wedding Party: Nathan & Courtney ………… (Married on September 121h, 2015) Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm is the perfect venue if you’re looking for a rustic, country wedding setting! From the planning and coordination of details provided by Kelly (including the recommendation of an amazing photographer), her team’s artistic decorating abilities, Kathy’s beautiful floral creations, the awesome cooks and catering …