Visiting Alberta’s farms and farmers – whether urban or rural – has always been a big part of my life in Alberta and summer is the prime time to make a visit. If you’d like to meet some farmers here’s some ideas I’ve collected to help you be “Outstanding in a field” this summer.
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D-I-Y farm tours – Here’s a pitchfork full of opportunities for city folk to connect with farm folk this summer in Alberta
So many people look for food to enrich their travel. Exploring a city or country’s food is a great way to really get inside a culture and understand it. Food and culture have always been intricately linked.
Calgary Food Tours allows me to share my insights on how Calgary’s culture and food are linked with both local guests and visitors from around the globe. The culinary tours I’ve designed will help our guests discover all facets of Calgary’s culture. Here’s a dozen examples of how the links between our culture and cuisine play out in my business, life and city as follows:
I like to read Taste Alberta in the Calgary Herald every Wednesday. The focus is on Alberta food producers and processors and today writer Lisa Monforton gave several tips for getting more regionally produced foods on your plate. I always learn something from Monforton. Because I don’t watch TV, I didn’t realize Shaw TV has a daily feature called Farm Fresh Everyday. You can see the farms they’ve featured thus far here. I’ll be happy when they post the videos on the web. That would greatly increase my chances of ever seeing them.
Another initiative Monforton describes to help consumers identify local products is the use of bright orange stickers to flag and score local products on grocery store shelves. The program is called “Localize”. You can learn more about that program here. Adding the score is interesting. It does add another layer of the transparency in food production most of us are now craving.
I’ll be sharing some of my ideas about how to Eat Locally at the Southwood branch of the Calgary Public Library on Wednesday, June 5, 7 – 8:30 p.m. I enjoy the chance to meet people who are interested in this topic. I encourage them to be thoughtful in their choices. Afterall, being mindful is one the ways we can savour our food.