For Alberta Open Farm Days (Aug. 17 to 18) more than 100 ranches and farms across the province open their gates and invite you in to see how dairy, beef, grain, spirits and more are produced.
You can pop by places such as EH Farms near Strathmore to see their woolly, heritage-breed Mangalitsa pigs. Or, if you prefer planning to popping by, you can take part in more than a dozen ticketed culinary events, including picnics, barn dances, long-table dinners and bus tours that require pre-registration. Several of the events offer shuttle service from Calgary.
To find the farms, city folk will have to forget streets and avenues and embrace rural addresses that use township and range roads to guide you to the welcome gate. Like Calgary’s avenues, township roads run east to west, while range roads run north to south. The first numbers in the address refer to the crossroad and the next numbers provide the distance from the intersection to the driveway. For example, Poplar Bluff Organics is at 253028 Township Rd. 230, which means it is on Township Road 230 and it is 28 intervals from the intersection with Range Road 253.
When in doubt, look for Open Farm Days signs.