Farming is the life-blood of Alberta, and the AFFPA connects Alberta's Farmers to you.
From field to table, the AFMA strengthens the quality of Alberta's Farmers Markets.
Get a close-up look at Alberta's local food producers, and see how the passion they have for their work, ends up on your plate every day.
The Alberta Farmers’ Market Association (AFMA), the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association (AFFPA) and their respective members have teamed up to celebrate Alberta Local Food Week. “If you are looking for something to do with your family or friends to celebrate Local Food Week, pay a visit to a farmers’ market, U-pick or participate in a farm tour in your area,” says Willard De Wilde, Chair of the Board of Directors for AFFPA. “Many of these markets and farms have special events, tours and activities planned for Alberta Local Food Week."
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You read that right – 63 different special events and activities at Alberta farms and farmers’ markets in celebration of Alberta Local Food Week.
Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening at our farms and farmers’ markets between August 11 and 18th.
21 farms are opening their farm gate and inviting Albertans for a visit for Local Food Week. Here’s a quick peek at some fun that’s available:
There are 42 farmers’ markets hosting special events and activities to celebrate Alberta Local Food Week:
Click on the date to see the events scheduled for that day.
"In celebration of local food week, we'd like to host a "Friends of Riverbend" on farm experience.
Our unique position of being a rural farm inside of city limits gives our customers the chance to learn more about the diversity of what agriculture looks like in our province and they begin to place greater value on locally produced food. We’ll offer farm tours, a casual supper and the opportunity for supporters to walk through our farming processes with us to get a better understanding of where their veggies come from and how they’re grown."
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Featuring gift bags, snacks, face painter, balloon twister, refreshments
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Customer appreciation with scavenger hunt, prizes, DJ or band, bouncy castle, face painter, balloon artist
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BBQ featuring local food, community groups, youth tables
Customer appreciation supper, prepared by local Senior's Community Kitchen group using local products, free for seniors, door prizes
Ice cream making, face painting, scavenger hunts
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Photographer with mascot, clown, balloon artist, bouncy house, fiddler, make your own ice cream, shopping bag give away
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beekeeper presentation,girlendor presentation of hens, children's activities,
face painter, sunny girl, colouring contest For more information email email@example.com
Local food demos by local chefs and family entertainment
Activities and Demos of Grain Milling, Crepe Creation, Tea, Chainsaw Carving. Demonstrations:
grain milling, crepe creation, tea, local crown food, chainsaw carving. As
well as children's activities, including a face painter.
Partnering with 7 food trucks who will compete in the Taste of Lacombe Market Cook Off
Ukrainian supper for customers
Displays and demo on honey production, face in hole boards for photo ops, wheat grinder presentation, kids entertainment, and more!
Scavenger hunt, re-useable bags, educational displays, games, play zone, kids craft area, face painter, live music, hula hoop dancer and more!
Shop and chop food competition, contestants will shop the market and create a recipe then be judges.
Man day, prostate van, Calgary drone club, rival axe throwing, food truck rally, Didsbury car club. Market Buds scavenger hunt for families, photo opportunities.
Showcasing Our Local Farmers, cooking demonstrations
Demos: juicing, apple press, using herbs, wheat grinder / Kids activities and entertainment
Giveaways, baskets of bounty draw, educational talks and demos on beekeeping, chocolate, eco conscious alternatives, petting zoo, bouncy castle, reusable bags
Bouncy castle, corn roast, cherry seed spitting contest, chalk art, presenters, show n shine
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"Free BBQ serving our Organic, Grass finished Burgers accompanied by coleslaw and other vegetables supplied by our farm AND other vendors at the market. There is also an artisan baker that bakes the buns. Everything on the plate is LOCAL and FRESH."
Cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, live band, bouncing house
Band, corn roast, petting zoo, bouncy house
Seniors band, transportation for local seniors
Product demos, chef local food demos, singing entertainment, clown
"We are a family farm with sheep,
cattle, chickens but our main part of Homesteader farms is our market garden.
We grow a large variety of vegetables as well as saskatoons and strawberries.
We market our produce in Hinton, Edson and our farm store. On the day of open
farm days we will have the store open selling our produce as well as give
guided tours of the gardens and explain how we grow our food."
"Friday August 16th we have a Customer Appreciation event in which we will provide discounted U-pick options during the 3 day event. Farm Tours for August 17th & 18th, which we will go every 2 hours starting at 11 AM,1 PM,3 PM & 5 PM for the 2 days. We will guide groups through the fields showing them the options and varieties that we grow, a farm story prepared and come back to the shop for a wrap up.?
A true Ukrainian long lunch will be held at 1:30 PM Saturday & Sunday.
"Aquaponic farms combine aquaculture and hydroponics.
We grow cherry tomatoes for local grocery stores and markets in our area. Our farm is eco-friendly, never using any plastic in any of our product packagings; plus we recycle 99.75% of our water. This unique system allows us to grow the highest yields of produce per plant.
We offer tour tasting and activities during Alberta Open Farm Days. We have spent years perfecting this self-sustaining farming practice to work for us.
Come see what tomatoes look like that is 15 feet high and covered from top to bottom with tomatoes. See how the fish live in big pools all inside a building giving us complete control over our systems."
"At Aspen Grove Nursery, we have farm tours and hayrides every 30 minutes. We have a smore station set up for the kids. Lots of outdoor games and workshops for the whole family."
"We will be having Live Music, Market Gardens, Fun Golf / Sports, Picnic, Walking Trails, and Farrier Demonstration with a Gospel Theme. Come out and enjoy a day on the FARM."
"Local food, local producers, gathered in one place and we are showcasing local food artisans and farmers during a day market event running from 9-4. Admission and grounds access is free, petting zoo, and kids events will be a small fee. Collette’s Kitchen will bake fresh pizza and Culina To Go will provide lunch items. The ticketed Dinner and cocktails from Black Diamond Distillery and Bent Stick Brewing.
Tickets online through Eventbrite.
Come out and see also the local Fair, which runs down the road in Darwell as well as a Tractor Pull. Lots to see and do."
"Come out and enjoy a day on the farm. Tour the far, pet the animals and get an education of Chickens and breeds, gardening, green house, cherry trees, haskap bushes, horses, cattle and starting a farm operation. Kids horse rides inside outdoor arena, lead by owner"
"During Local Food Week H’Evans Berries would like to host a ‘Long Lunch’ on Saturday August 17,
2019 form 11am-1pm. We will also have 2 tours. One by H’Evans Berries touring the vegetable gardens and the fruit fields.
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"Our Ultimate Cowhand Grill Off with have an Adult/Junior team competition; teams must consist of competitors 16 and under with a parent. The Grill off will be from 10 am to 3 pm. Enjoy horse pulled wagon rides and viewing cattle, sheep, chickens, and horses. There will also be a honey vendor, food truck, and roping and horse hoof trimming demonstrations."
"Do you want to learn what makes a regenerative, eco-friendly farm? Come join us as we travel by horse drawn wagon to explore how the animals work with us to naturally achieve this. Upon returning to the main yard you are invited to sample our on-farm produced sauerkraut and kombucha."
Saturday: Horse drawn wagon rides at 5:30, 6:30 and 8:00 pm
Some of the activities at our farm: Tour of beef cattle, cows, and calves,Tour of laying hens,Self-guided tour of beaver dam, Demonstration of an electric fencer, Demonstration of rotational grazing, Traeger Smoker Grill cooking demonstrations. Pet cats, kittens, chicks, rabbits, and lambs, View flowers, pick raspberries. Experience live barn dance music
Kittens to give away to good homes
"Five generations of history, pastured poultry, holistically managed cattle, solar panels. Organized farm tour starts at 2:30 pm."
"Hourly Garden tours, lots of animals to see, lunch available to purchase from Huckleberries Cafe at the Farm"
"Wild Country Gardens is a Fruit Farm in the Wildwood Area, that will offer our Open Farm Days visitors a chance to take part in a guided tour of our farm. The tour will include: Our Fruit Orchard, Vegetable Garden, Garlic Patch, Pepper Garden, Herbal Teas Gardens and Honey Bees and our Onsite Farm Store (sampling and tasting of our products)"
Farm to Table Lunch (advanced tickets only) Saturday the 17th from 10:30 to 1:30.
"We are offering tours of gardens, animal pens, greenhouse, etc."
“We want to educate people and show our guests how to see the beauty of what life has to offer when everything around them is typically chaotic. It’s peaceful, quite country that will always bring you back to solitude and serenity when you are here. We want people to be curious – it’s how brilliance is born. Our farm truly is a little surprise at the end of the road, and we can’t wait to show it off again during this summer’s Alberta Open Farm Days.”
Ol’ Style Picnic Basket Lunch – including Sandwiches “Roast Chicken/Pork”, Fresh Garden Veggies & Seasonal Fruit, Dessert – Masons of Sweet Iced Tea – Prepared using Farm Raised & Local Food. Everything you’ll need for the Ol’ Style Picnic Lunch will be provided. Your view while enjoying your Picnic will include Goats grazing, a possible Blue Heron/Sand Hill Crane fly over, the Rocky Mountain Tops to the west and the sound of the creek babbling along over the beaver dams.
All Picnic Baskets must be Pre Ordered by August 14, 2019
Call 403-845-8044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Balloons, face painting, tattoos, coupons, education on local food vendors
Entertainment, balloon artist, face painting, glitter tattoos
Guided market tour and customer appreciation day, reuseable shopping bags, musicians, treats, refreshments
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Give aways, market bags and more!
Local food tours, chef will take customers on tour though the market, showcasing local producers and artisans. Cooking with local food, collection of recipes.
Chef guided market tours and cooking demo, props and demos
Partnering with families first to host Kids Can Cook, preparing fruit kebobs
Contest to see who grew the biggest veggies with prizes. Chili cook off, bouncy castle, face painter, pie cook-off, prizes.
Bee demonstrations, preparation demonstrations of local specialties, perogies, holubchi, nalysniki, breads, local chef demonstrations using local grown fruit and veg., free draws, reuseable shopping boxes
Urban Agriculture group presentation on the benefits of bees, and education, free wooden hives to first 50 families, free wildflower seeds
Snacks, beverages, door prizes, balloons and more!
Come enjoy the kids’ corn mazes, petting farm, and farm amenities on Sunday with no entry fee. Extra fees apply to train rides, face painting, gem mining, and purchasing farm fresh vegetables at the Farm Market, Handmade Fudge, Woodfired Baking and Breads, and good farm food showcasing what we grow! Fire-roasted Farm Lunch
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. See our website for details.
" We are hosting our Farm Exploration Day. Farms tours of our fields and washing/packaging facility as well as our green houses. Come and learn more about where your food comes from"
Customer appreciation /anniversary day to celebrate the markets 44th anniversary. Cake, coffee, balloons, honey,popcorn, door prizes.
Community dinner for neighborhood families, prepared by local Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants
Cooking Contest, following Canada's food guide using market vendor product, cash prizes and more!
Taste to Rembember: Eat Local Taste the Difference; presenters: how to make fermented food, kombucha, organic farming, local food vs commercial, refreshments, snacks
Plan to spend the day with us – there are over 50 fun farm activities for your family to enjoy! Holders of the Growing Alberta Leadership Award for Community Spirit, and the Direct Farm Marketer of the Year awards, we’re proud to be located in Sturgeon County, some of the most scenic and richest farmland in the world! Don’t be fooled by our name, in our case it doesn’t say it all. Yes, you will make some farmyard friends but there’s also a corn maze, garden centre, a Klondike ghost town, and a whole host of indoor and outdoor adventure play for you to enjoy. So when we say there’s something for everyone, whatever the weather, whatever your age, it’s true! Why not come see for yourself? You provide the children and we’ll provide the fun!
A Proud Host for the 2019 Alberta Local Food Week Check out our Festival & Events for more information at www.prairiegardens.org
We’re just 25 minutes north on Edmonton!