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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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