It’s never too soon to learn where food comes from
photo – Karen Anderson
Sunday, August 11, 2013 was the kind of Alberta summer day one dreams about.
We have big sky in Alberta. When our big sky is nothing but blue as far as the eye can see and there is not a breath of wind and I have a farm tour booked for my company Calgary Food Tours Inc. – well, that is a sure sign that all is right in the cosmos and my guests are going to have a day they remember their whole lives. I care for that.
I take it as a sign that Alberta and I are working together to help my guests savour their lives. The big Alberta blue sky serves as the perfect backdrop for some deep emotional bonding between city folk and farm folk over the common thread of caring about our food and where it comes from.
The mission for this farm tour was to take thirty people to five farms in one day.
This blog post will describe the day and I’ll throw in some fun recipes as we tour the farms together here. I hope this post will encourage you to take a country drive and visit these farms yourself sometime or at least take a drive as far as the Calgary Farmer’s Market where you can get their truly local produce year round.
Calgary Food Tours keeps bees – we’re in it for the honey and for our community
One of my ways of being is to savour my food and savour my life. I can’t do one without the other. I try to balance my love of both.
I love honey and bees symbolize for me the universal connection between food and life. The fact that bees are not doing well and that beekeepers everywhere are losing them in great numbers is a harbinger for me. I don’t like what the loss of bees heralds. I don’t like the disruption in nature’s delicate balance that it means.
I’m a believer in the art of contributing to life in small ways with the faith that my actions, however small, will make a big difference if enough of us would only do those small things. When it comes to savouring food and contributing to a healthy food system for my home in Alberta, Canada I decided that getting involved with beekeeping might be a small way that I can make a difference where the fate of bees is concerned. This blog is about me, my company Calgary Food Tours Inc. and the bees we are nurturing for our community, our food, and our life.
Wood Fired Bread Baking with Sidewalk Citizen Bakery owner and world famous baker Aviv Fried
Photo courtesy of Dirt Craft Natural Builders
Here are the recipes for my monthly food column on CBC Radio One’s Alberta@Noon. Thanks to my dear friend and dedicated Calgary Food Tours Inc. associate Tilly Sanchez for her beautiful galette recipe and thanks to Dirt Craft Natural Building’s Heather Noakes and Ashley Lubyk for the recipes and photos of their eggplant and flat breads. Remember you can still make these recipes in a conventional oven or even on your barbecue unit. I hope they help you savour your food and savour your life. Cheers, Karen
Heather Noakes (and Ashley Lubyk not pictured) teaches classes on building and cooking with a cob oven
Photo – Karen Anderson
This week on CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon I’ll be talking about a company called Dirt Craft Natural Building and the courses they give on
How to Build a Cob Oven
in Alberta and across Western Canada.
What is a cob oven and why would you want one? Read on.
I’m so happy to share this lovely blog about the tours my company Calgary Food Tours Inc is doing at The Calgary Farmer’s Market. I am fortunate to have lots of talented chef friends and two of my favourites, Pierre Lamielle and Judy Wood agreed to work with me and lead the weekend tours. Check out this great video Telus TV made with Judy talking about our goals. You can just see her passion and I hope people will see how much fun it is to go to the market with a great chef.
I hope we have a wonderful year of connecting Calgary and all the visitors to our city with the Taste of Alberta our food growers can offer them.
Alberta Tastes Great.
See you at the Market
Originally posted on Calgary Farmers' Market:
Last winter, in an effort to provide a new experience to our guests, we tried our hands at offering tours of the market. They were a hit and so, Karen Anderson of Calgary Food Tours will be offering a whole new round this year, starting Saturday, May 25th. If you’re an adventurous person, if you’re new to Calgary or just visiting, if you and your friends are looking for a new way to explore the city and spend time together, or even if you’re looking for a unique gift, then you will love these tours. The tours of the market are usually limited to 12 to 15 guests so that the atmosphere remains intimate and the chefs can provide an one-on-one experience.
Guests will join either chef Judy Wood, Pierre Lamielle, or a SAIT Culinary Instructor on a guided tour of the backbone of the Calgary Farmer’s Market: its farmers and ranchers. You’ll learn the background of what it takes for each of these vendors to bring their produce to market each week and taste samples as you tour. At each stop your chef leader will see what’s on offer and give you suggestions of how to pick the best and what to do with it once you get it home in the kitchen.