Open Farm Days 2017

COME MEET YOUR RURAL NEIGHBOURS

Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food.

As well, some of Alberta’s most talented chefs and rural communities will be hosting a memorable series of farm to table culinary events that will be held around the province on August 19, using Alberta farm products.

Farms across the province will open their gates on August 20. Admission is free. Join us and explore Alberta this summer.

  

List of Hosts

Lacombe County Hosts:

Bender Farms

FARM TYPE

Crops

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

(403) 887-5795

DATE

Sunday, August 20

HOURS

1pm – 5 pm

DESCRIPTION

Kevin Bender of Bender Farms will be on site at Little Cherries on the Prairie to showcase his grain farm. He will have information on all aspects of wheat (growing, production, harvest, nutrition and recipes). He will also be available for questions and information on cereal grains, and oilseeds. A combine harvester will be on-site for a hands-on experience and learning opportunity.

See samples of different cereal and oil grains, including seed from last fall’s overwintered crop. Information will be available from the Alberta Wheat Commission.

DIRECTIONS

From the intersection of highways 12 and 20, go West 3 miles to RR 20. Turn South and drive 1 mile to farm #40306 on the West side.

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Blindman Brewing

FARM TYPE

Local Agriculture Products

HOST

Hans Doef, Matt Willerton & Lauren Reid

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

(403) 786-2337

Website
DATE

Saturday, August 19

DESCRIPTION

Tours on demand, local snacks for sale, and more.

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CANOLAPALOOZA

FARM TYPE

Crops

HOST

Alberta Canola, Canola Council of Canada, Agriculture and Food Canada

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

780) 686-8807

DATE

Saturday, August 19

HOURS

10 am- 3 pm

DESCRIPTION

Alberta Canola welcomes you to come learn about the crops grown here in Alberta that we all eat on a daily basis such as peas, canola, wheat, and barley. Meet the farmers who grow these crops and learn how they do it.

Check out all the big equipment you see in the fields like combines, tractors, and seeders – both brand new technology, and equipment of days long gone.  Also sample canola oil, see how it’s made, and try canola pollenated honey while learning about bee health and how our industry works to help them.

The site is open from 9-3 with farmers on site all day.

Cash concession available to support a local 4-H club.

DIRECTIONS

Head South from Lacombe on Hwy 2A, turn left at Twp Rd 400, and then head South on the C&E Trail for 1km. Signs for Open Farm Days.

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Flying Cross Ranch

FARM TYPE

Riding Lessons & Cattle Ranch

HOST

Roy & Christina Sturgeon

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

403-350-7368

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DATE

Saturday, August 19

HOURS

10am – 5 pm

DESCRIPTION

Pony rides and petting zoo are just the start of the fun at Flying Cross Ranch! Join us for family entertainment, livestock and old fashion country fun!

Kids Discovery Farm – Let your kids be a farmer for a day with fun activities such as cow milking, collecting eggs, harvesting the garden & rounding up the pigs!

Petting Zoo – Flying Cross Ranch is home to a wide variety of animals for you to interact with, even some babies! Horses, ponies, cows(calves), chickens, ducks, rabbits, llama, pigs, goats & more!

Pony Rides – Come meet Duke & Socks and go for a ride.

Horse Rides – Take a ride around the track on one of our amazing lesson horses, fun for older kids and adults

Round Pen Demo – Watch as Roy demonstrates how he works colts in the round pen. Even if you never plan on training your own horse it is fascinating watching the communication between horse and trainer….1:00pm

Jumping Demo – Watch Taylor jump her pony Pepsi and then try out our jump course on foot and see how fast you can go….. 2:00pm

Talk Derby To Me- Did you know that Red Pollard the jockey who rode “Seabiscuit” was born in Edmonton. There is some very interesting history on horse racing in Canada. Meet one of our junior jockeys and ask her about our murder mystery night at the races! Check out our racing demo and find out more about this fun annual event.

Chicken Display – Did you know that 1 chicken can lay up to 365 eggs a year. We have 10 chickens now thats a lot of eggs!

Branding – Learn the history of branding and why it is still important today. Take home your own brand!

Cattle Display – Flying Cross Ranch raises Corriente cattle. They are raised as sport cattle for team roping.

Feed Display – Not sure the difference between hay or straw. Impress your horsey friends at your next get together with all your new found knowledge on what horses eat!

DIRECTIONS

From QE2 exit east on 431, then go across Hwy 2A and the railroad tracks. Go 1 km east on Milton Road and take your first left on RR 26-3. Go 1 km north to 41129 on the east side.

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Garry’s JD Collection

FARM TYPE

Agriculture Business

HOST

Garry Peterson & Family

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

(403) 748-2376

DATE

Saturday, August 19 & Sunday, August 20

HOURS

9am-7pm

DESCRIPTION

Display of older JD tractors & machinery with some working demonstrations throughout the day.

DIRECTIONS

From junction 12 & 20, 1 mile west on Highway 12 & 1 mile south on RR 14

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Golden Willow Ranch

FARM TYPE

Alternative Livestock

HOST

Russell, Joanne & Rachelle Gwozdz

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

(403) 784-2284

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DATE

Saturday, August 19 & Sunday, August 20

HOURS

1 pm- 5 pm

DESCRIPTION

Tour of Elk handling facility and a wagon ride to see these Majestic animals up close and personal!

 

DIRECTIONS

.From Lacombe, hwy 12 East to hwy 815, South to Twp 39-0, East to Rge Rd 24-5, South 1 1/2 km to farm on left. From Red Deer, hwy 11 east to Rge Rd 25-1, north to T intersection, right to Rge Rd 24-5, north 1 1/2 km to farm on left.

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Grand Taste Tour

FARM TYPE

Culinary Event

HOST

Taste Alberta & Wild Heart Collective

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT
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DATE

Saturday, August 19

HOURS

TBD

DESCRIPTION

This event does require tickets

Guided food tours, including Rock Ridge Dairy, Blindman Brewing, Lacombe Field Crop Development Centre and Doef’s Greenhouse Ltd. Tour concludes with a local greenhouse dinner prepared by Chef Liana Robberecht and Chef Mike Aurigemma, of WinSport. Menu will accommodate both omnivores and vegetarians.

http://www.wearewildheart.com/tickets/grand-taste-tour-2017

Edmonton bus will depart from Alberta Milk. 1303 91 Street, Edmonton.

Calgary departure TBD

Lacombe Blacksmith Shop

FARM TYPE

Museum, Operating Blacksmith Shop

HOST

Lacombe Historical Society Blacksmith Volunteers

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

403-782-3933

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DATE

Saturday, August 19 & Sunday, August 20

HOURS

10 am- 4 pm

DESCRIPTION

Built in 1902, the Blacksmith Shop Museum is the oldest operational Blacksmith Shop in Alberta today. It is still located on the original site. Much of the original machinery in the blacksmith shop is in operating condition. The Blacksmith shop was often a hub of activity back when horses and carriages ruled the road. Come see how iron is bent and formed into shapes through intense heat and loud triphammers (cover your ears) and learn about the history of blacksmithing and farming in the Lacombe region.

DIRECTIONS

From Hwy 2, drive east on Hwy 12 (50th ave) into the City of Lacombe. Turn left onto 51 St, right onto 51 Ave, and then right onto 49 St. The Lacombe Blacksmith Shop is on the right side of this one-way street.

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Little Cherries on the Prairie

FARM TYPE

Fruit Orchard

HOST

Dwayne & Jennifer Johnson

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

403-748-4134

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DATE

Saturday, August 19 & Sunday, August 20

HOURS

1 pm- 5 pm

DESCRIPTION

Saturday: 

Little Cherries on the Prairie presents a Paint Night in the Orchard! Make and take a cherry-themed painting, while indulging in decadent cherry desserts, cherry wine and/or fresh cherry juice. All participants will receive a copy of the newly released children’s book: ‘Cherries – Just Right!’, with a free digital copy. Weather permitting.

Space is limited; please RSVP to Jennifer at djjc4@hotmail.com or 403-748-4134.

Sunday: 

Tour of fruit orchard (cherry, haskap, saskatoon). Large open area for children’s play area. Preserves will be available for purchase.

DIRECTIONS

3 miles west of Bentley intersection of Hwys 12 and 20. Turn south onto RR 20 and drive 1.5 km to acreage #40306 on the west side. May be accessed from Rainy Creek Road by turning north onto RR 20 and driving 3 miles to acreage #40306 on the west side.

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Michener House Museum

FARM TYPE

Agriculture Business

HOST

Lacombe & District Historical Society

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

403.782.3933

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DATE

Saturday, August 19 & Sunday, August 20

HOURS

10am-4pm

DESCRIPTION

The Michener House Museum has a heritage dye garden. Enjoy the beautiful setting and learn about carding and dyeing wool.

DIRECTIONS

From 50 Avenue (Main Street), turn north onto 51 Street

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Summerland Leisure Park

FARM TYPE

Culinary Event

LOCATION

Central Alberta

CONTACT

(403) 748-4855

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DATE

Sunday, August 20

HOURS

11 am- 5 pm

DESCRIPTION

Stop in for EATS and an afternoon of fun. A great family outing!

Mini Golf (18 holes) – EVERYONE plays for $5.00 a round. (receive a $2.00 off coupon for a smokey and beverage)

Driving Range Challenge – 10 balls for $5.00 (10 chances to be entered into the draw!!!

Get a ball in the bucket and have your name entered in the draw for a

TWO NIGHT STAY  AT SUMMERLAND LEISURE PARK

as well as  4 steaks for your BBQ Dinner (steaks provided by 6th On The Block (Butcher)

BBQ –  featuring several varieties of locally make smokies.

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