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

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

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

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 … Read More