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August 11, 2014

Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm Spotlight

If you haven’t been to Prairie Gardens, you need to check it out. We first noticed them when we saw pictures of their Field to Fork event where they literally pop up a dinner party in the middle of a farm and serve their guests a five-course meal. Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm is located 25km north of Edmonton and have over 50 family activities, a corn maze, u-pick strawberries and a pumpkin patch!

On Labour Day Weekend (Aug 30 – Sept 1) they are celebrating the season of corn with Corn Fest and are giving away 2 Family passes! (valued at $50/each) If you would like to experience corn eating contests, corn mazes, face painting, veggie art and more, enter our Facebook contest here. Activities run 11am – 5pm all weekend long.

There are so many amazing things going on at Prairie Gardens! Let’s talk about the Farm side first. What type of produce can people buy from your farm? We’ve been growing strawberries for Pick-your-own for over 20 years. But you can also dig your own potatoes, pick fresh Kale leaves, and harvest herbs from the gardens. We’re also growing heirloom tomatoes and long English cucumbers in the greenhouses!

The Community Supported Agriculture program is such a great way for people to enjoy fresh vegetables when they aren’t able to grow them on their own. How does your program work? Sign up for our Community Shared Agriculture program in March! You can either buy a Couple’s Share or a Family Share (Price range $350-$750). We’ll pick a good food box of veggies for you every week from July – September! There are 2 places you can pick your good food box up – in the city at Rge Rd (123 St & 107 Ave) on Thursdays, or at here at the farm on Sundays.

You also offer an amazing setting for weddings and have wedding packages. Tell us a bit about that. We offer unique rustic country wedding packages for 15 – 200 guests, with catering for receptions that features our own fresh produce from the gardens. Unforgettable wedding memories and romantic photos, good food and fun with friends and family are hallmarks of a wonderful wedding for all who gather. We can arrange for bus transportation to / from the major hotels.

We’ve seen pictures all over social media for the Field to Fork event and it looks amazing! How many of these dinners do you hold in a year, what can attendees expect and how does one go about attending? We host four or five long table field to fork feasts through the summer months, with Edmonton’s top chef, Blair Lebsack of Rge Rd Restaurant. It’s an incredible evening of gourmet dining, with five courses featuring what’s in season in our gardens, our own beef, and other locally grown meats, paired with wines, set amongst the hay bales, gardens or greenhouse flowers at Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm. The farm dictates the menu; it’s different every time, and in true “pop-up dinner” culture, in a different farm location each time.

You have over 50 activities on your farm! What are some of your most popular ones? Corn Mazes, the Trackless Train ride, hugging a goat at the Petting Farm, Gem Mining at the “Lost Lemon Mine” and firing pumpkins out of the Pumpkin Cannon at a Pirate ship in the pumpkin patch in October! Really.

Are the majority of the activities on the farm for kids? It’s all about the kids! It’s like visiting grandma and grandpa’s farm in the fifties! Good ole’ fashioned family farm fun, with critter visits at the petting farm, plenty of room to run and play, hay bales to jump, and even a haunted farm house to explore. But there’s fun for adults, too. Lawn games, relaxing with a book under a tree, a ‘selfie’ with a goat, shooting the corn cannon, learn about edible flowers… the list keeps growing!

Your farm is open pretty much year round, what type of events do you hold for holidays? We’re open from Easter to Christmas! On-farm festivals include the “Hop” Easter Fest, a summer “Fairy-Berry” fest, a a labour day weekend“Sweet Corn Fest”, fall equinox weekend“Fall-o-ween Fest” , a six week long – late September – October – “Haunted Pumpkin Festival”, and “Prairie Christmas” outings to the farm in December.

Can schools and organizations plan day trips to your farm? We welcome 10,000 students, from ages 3 – 12, every season for fall Pumpkin Patch and spring “Boots, blossoms, and Babies” school field trips to the farm. During the summer, we host summer day camp tours for children of all ages! Register for a group or corporate booking here.

Do people need to book in advance or can they just show up at Prairie Gardens? You can just show up with your family anytime! We’re open from 9am – 6pm every day. Birthday groups, senior group outings, and company picnics are welcome to arrange private functions with advance registrations. We offer wonderful Birthday Party packages for groups of up to 30, with campfires to roast hotdogs, pirate, cowboy, train, fairy, and princess themes, as well!

What types of workshops do you offer? We offer spring gardening workshops, scarecrow building workshops, and seniors’ tabletop gardening workshops throughout the season. In addition, we partner with the Morinville Community Gardens group to offer herb growing and cooking with herbs workshops in the summer! Check out their workshops here.

There is so much going on at this farm, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Visit their site for more information, to purchase passes and for directions.

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