6 Ways to Get Involved at Alberta Open Farm Days

Enjoy Alberta Open Farm Days by exploring a farm near to the city. Meet your rural neighbours, learn about Alberta’s agricultural industry and dine in rustic settings.



Photo Courtesy Alberta Open Farm Days

 

If you’ve ever wondered where you’re locally grown, raised, and sourced food comes from, Alberta Open Farm Days is for you.

Held Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, the province-wide event gives Albertans the opportunity to meet their rural farming neighbours while learning how and where their food is produced. Alberta Farm Days includes a variety of free and ticketed events at more than 100 farms, ranches, and businesses that have opened their gates to the public.

While some events, like bus tours and set dinners, require tickets bought in advance due to limited space, many venues have free activities, walking tours and demonstrations that you can drop into throughout the weekend. Directions to every participating farm is on Alberta Open Farm Days website

Here are a few near by events – free and ticketed – worth the journey. 

 

Origin Malting & Brewing Co Tour

When: Saturday, August 19 or Sunday, August 20, 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Cost: $15

Location: Pick-up and drop-off is at Tool Shed Brewing in Calgary

Saddle-up for a true culinary farm adventure in the heart of Southern Alberta’s ranch lands. Held twice daily Saturday and Sunday, a bus will pick up guests at Tool Shed Brewing at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The first stop on the tour is Schiffner Ranch, home to Scott Schiffner a two-time Calgary Stampede Bull riding champion and a Canadian bull riding champion. The tour will then head to the Hilton Ventures farm, the first farm to sign a contract outside of the Canadian Wheat Board when it signed a contract with Lagunitas Brewing Co. Then it is off to Origin Malting and Brewing Co. in Strathmore for a brewery tour, beer tasting and meal. The tour ends where it started with a tour of Tool Shed Brewing.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite

 

Neubauer Farms Farm to Table Feast and Fundraiser

When: Saturday, August 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $80

Location: Pick-up and drop-off is at the UFA farm supply store in Medicine Hat

Partake in a farm-feast fundraiser at Neubauer Farms near Medicine Hat. Indulge in a multi-course meal prepared by a Red Seal chef at this farm to table spread that uses ingredients sourced from Neubauer Farms. There will also be farm tours, story telling and a silent auction. All proceeds raised from the event go to the Medicine Hat & District Child Care Association, which supports agricultural initiatives for children throughout the area. A shuttle service will be available to and from the farm with pick up and drop off at the UFA farm supply store in Medicine Hat.

For more information, go to Neubauer Farms Facebook event.

 

Lunch with the Pioneers

When: Saturday, August 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $10

Location: Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, 1037 Bev McLachlin Dr., Pincher Creek

Head to the Garden Café in Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek for an authentic pioneer lunch. Made with ingredients from Rose Creek Ranch and Room To Grow, lunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $10. The price includes dessert and entry into the village, where you can walk through the gardens, explore the dozens of fully furnished Heritage houses, or check out the antique car collection and train caboose. While you’re there, be sure to head to Pincher Creek's annual Pro Rodeo or watch the local parade, all happening on the same day.

 

Chinook Honey Company & Chinook Arch Meadery

When: Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free to $10

Location: 386087 16 St. W., Okotoks

Enjoy self-guided pollinator walks, apiary workshops, and meadery workshops. Taste, browse, and shop made-with-honey products. Workshops occur at various times and are $10 for adults and $7.50 for kids and seniors.

For more information, visit chinookhoney.com.

 

Brooks Corn Maze 

When: Saturday, August 19, 1 to 7 p.m.

Cost: Ages 5 to 12, $6; Adults, $10

Location: Just south of Brooks off Highway 873

Visit this rural adventure land, less than an hour drive from the city. On Saturday, August 19 between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., you can explore the corn maze, visit the live stock, and purchase fresh produce. Bring the entire family and enjoy fun games and activities with your kids.

For more information, visit brookscornmaze.com.

 

Good Knights’ Medieval Encampment 

When: Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: South of Three Hills, just off Highway 21 along Township Road 310. 

Travel back in time to the medieval ages for a different kind of rural experience. Tour the encampment complete with tents available to book for glamping another time, take part in longbow archery and enjoy a medieval long table lunch. Check out a clay bread-oven cooking demonstration, or indulge in medieval pastries made by Good Knights' pastry chef.

For more information on the encampment, visit goodknights.ca.

 

While you might not answer the age old question "What came first, the chicken or the egg?" at Alberta Open Farm Days, you’ll be sure to see a chicken, egg, and much more along the way.

For more information on Alberta Open Farm Days, including directions to all the participating farms,visit albertafarmdays.com click here.


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