Open invite to Open Farm Day


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August 4, 2016 12:00 AM

Lloydminster Open Farm Day is back and this time around will be touring some farms in Saskatchewan. The event offers a trip to three farms to see how local food is produced and an optional gourmet meal will be served in the evening.

Ever wonder where, exactly, locally sourced food comes from before it hits the grocery stores?
Now is the chance to find out first hand at the Saskatchewan Open Farm Day in Lloydminster, taking place Sunday.
The event brings people on a bus tour to three local farms in Saskatchewan, where they can learn how food is produced and get some up close education on agriculture, then to top it off, a five course meal will be prepared by hometown Red Seal Chef Rob Hofer using all local ingredients.
“They’ll see Lower Shannon Farms, we’ll check out their greenhouse and see how they grow all their vegetables throughout the year—it’s a year round operation,” said Tess Wack, marketing specialist with the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association. 
“We’re going to head to TnC Farms and check out some alpaca farming, get up close and personal with some alpacas, and then we’re going to head to a beef farm operation and we’ll see some cattle up close.”
As of the time of the interview, the beef farm hadn’t been selected yet and was still being lined up.
Wack adds Open Farm Days is not only a great way for residents to learn about where their food comes from, but also the different kinds of producers in the area, like the alpaca farm for instance, where they’ll be able to buy some alpaca wool.
She also said it’s important to bring attention to local producers and the hard work they put in to providing food for the area, as well as highlight more businesses for people interested in the shopping local movement.
“This is just a great opportunity to see what’s right down the road,” said Wack.
“We’ve done the Alberta one in the past, this is the first time we’re doing a Saskatchewan one, and it’s also geared to anybody, young to old, we’ve had lots of families, all kinds of people.”
After the informative tour, the day will be wrapped up with a gourmet meal that’ll be held in a top secret location.
Hofer, the Red Seal chef, is going to prepare what Wack promises will be a delicious meal with food from some local producers in the area.
“Just to make it fun,” said Wack, about the reason for keeping the dining location under wraps.
“It adds to the experience and it’s under tent so even if it’s raining, it’ll be fun.”
The busses for the tour will leave the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds at 10 a.m. and return some time near 3:30 p.m, and admission for that portion of the day is free of charge.
Those interested in the clandestine five course meal can return to the Exhibition Grounds at 5 p.m. where they’ll be bussed to the covert dining area; tickets for the meal are $100 and include drinks.
“They’ll enjoy it, have a great evening, then we’ll bus them back into our parking lot as well,” said Wack.
“It’s a great way to spend a Sunday.”

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