Fall Harvest Experiences in Alberta

August 26, 2016

Fall Harvest Experiences in Alberta
The fall harvest season – late August through November – is the perfect time to discover Alberta’s bountiful agri-tourism, culinary and craft beverage offerings.
The Farming Life
Prairie Gardens: Located near Bon Accord, Prairie Gardens has attracted more than one million visitors to its 35 vibrant acres. The U-Pick produce options include various greens, potatoes, strawberries, tomatoes, squash and heirloom pumpkins. Prairie Gardens also offers garden tours and many more family friendly activities, including a petting farm, nature trails and labyrinthine corn mazes. In October, don’t miss the haunted house and pumpkin patch.
PaSu Farm: Just 45 minutes northwest of Calgary you’ll find this agricultural oasis – a unique combo of boutique shopping, authentic Alberta dining, and a working farm. PaSu – and acronym of Patrick and Susan, the farm’s founders – offers panoramic view of the Rockies and a wide array of woolen products made from the farm’s own flock, including quilts, rugs, hats and more.
The Cheesiry: Some of Alberta's finest raw milk and pasteurized sheep's milk cheeses come from the Cheesiry, located in Kitscoty. During a visit to this charming spot, you’ll see how cheesmaker Rhonda Zuk Headon crafts the farm’s famed pecorino – a talent she learned from masters in Tuscany, Italy. Finish off the experience with wine, cheese – and a sheep-milking demonstration!
Edgar Farms: Founded in the early 1900s, this family-owned farm in Red Deer County has deep roots in Alberta’s agricultural landscape. Edgar Farms is beloved for its asparagus, peas and beans – it might just be the sweetest, most tender, flavorful freshest produce you will ever taste. Take a tour out to the pea patch and sample peas right off the vine.
Culinary Experiences
Farm Dinners at RGE RD: Get a taste of Alberta’s untamed cuisine! Founded in 2013 out of a desire to connect further with the province’s unique culinary landscape, RGE RD is an urban gathering place where the farm dictates the menu. The organization works closely with local farmers to bring diners the very best, freshest ingredients the area has to offer, both at its own restaurant in Edmonton, and during special farm dinners at local farms.
Jacek Chocolates: “Chocolate Couture” is what Jacek Chocolate is all about – and you’ll understand why when you step into the their stylish shops in Edmonton or Sherwood Park. Founder Jacqueline Jacek is the world’s first Cocoanista; a fusion between a Fashionista & a Chocolatier, and she applies the principles of haute couture in the creation of artisan chocolates. Meet up with one of Jacek’s chocolate stylists and get a look at how they make their ethically sourced treats.
Foraging Dinner: Join professional forager Julie Walker and discover the edible wonders of Alberta’s wild places. You’ll come away with a new appreciation for the natural world, as you hike through the foothills, learning all about the various plants used for food, medicine and old-fashioned tea.
Beer, Mead & Spirit Adventures
Calgary Beer Tours: Calgary’s craft beer world is booming – and these tours are the perfect way to experience the cream of the crop. You’ll take a journey to the birthplaces of the city’s best beers, sipping and sampling all the way. Stops include Calgary’s first nano brewery Dandy Brewing Company, Tool Shed Brewing (yes, they got their start in a tool shed), and Last Best Brewery, a spot that doesn’t just make great beer – it’s also home to a barber shop. You’ll also pay a visit to the Craft Beer Market, offering over 120 local and international taps flowing with some of the world’s best craft beer.
Tool Shed Brewing: The brainchild of two adventurous and passionate would-be IT guys, Tool Shed Brewing weaves storytelling into their small batch unique ales. With its founders starting out by testing their home brew skills in their backyard tool shed, Tool Shed has no shortage of personality or one-of-a-kind craft beers.
Fallentimber Meadery: Located outside of Calgary in Water Valley, Fallentimber makes delicious mead – an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops. The meadery is unique in that it produces its own honey, giving everything they make a natural, fresh-off-the-honeycomb flavor – and on a tour you can go pay a visit to the bees.
Eau Claire Distillery: Welcome to cocktail heaven. A tour of this “farm-to-glass” distillery gives you a behind the scenes look at how some of Alberta’s finest spirits are made. Visit the working distillery amidst impressive German-made copper distilling towers, check out the exclusive dunnage barrel warehouse and sample a few of Eau Claire’s best – don’t miss the extraordinarily refreshing Prickly Pear Equinox, a sweet, barley based alternative to gin or vodka.
  • Bonus experience: Be a farmer for a day with Eau Claire Distillery! Spend the day with farmers in the field to help harvest the grain that will be used by Eau Claire Distillery to create their delicious, award-winning craft spirits. September 17 at 10 am – 3 pm and October 1 at 10 am - 3 pm

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