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Words: Cheryl Mahaffy
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Alberta Local Food Producers Guide

With the lineup of local food suppliers getting longer by the year, we thought you’d like to know where Culinary Arts instructors Blair Lebsack and Hong Chew go to stock their kitchens. Both instructors have strong views on the importance of eating local and supporting Alberta and Canadian producers. Watch for their story in the fall issue of techlife magazine and


Products are available directly from producers, at various farmers’ markets, select restaurants and retail outlets, as well as through local food distributors. Check with producers for details.


Four Whistle Farm

Marius and Twiggy De Boer, Millet, 780.387.BEEF (2333)
Lamb, beef, pork, poultry

Greens, Eggs & Ham Family Farm

Mary Ellen and Andreas Grueneberg, Leduc, 780.986.8680
Fowl, duck eggs, sausages, smoked meats (also vegetables, including all-year heritage greens, edible flowers, spinach)

Hog Wild Specialties

Earl and Deb Hagman, Mayerthorpe, 1.888.668.9453
Wild boar meat, bow hunting, barbecues

Irvings Farm Fresh

Alan & Nicola Irving, Round Hill, 780.672.2787
Gluten-free Berkshire pork products, British style

Nature’s Green Acres

Danny and Shannon Ruzicka, Viking, 780.336.2265
Grass-fed chicken, pork, nouveau beef

Spring Creek Ranch

Kirstin Kotelko, Vegreville, 780.436.0335
Premium Angus beef, without added hormones or antibiotics


Smoky Valley Goat Cheese

Holly and Larry Gale, Smoky Lake, 780.383.3798
Artisan cheeses and yogurts

The Cheesiry

Rhonda and Brian Headon, Kitscoty, 780.522.8784
Artisan sheep cheese (also gluten-free beef products)

Sylvan Star Cheese

John Schalkwijk, Red Deer, 403.340.1560
Lactose-free gouda, gruyere and edam cheese


Gull Valley Greenhouses

Phil and Carolyn Tiemstra, Blackfalds, 403.885.2242
Hydroponically grown tomatoes, beans, lettuce, peppers, basil

Inspired Market Gardens

Gwen Simpson, Edmonton, 780.910.9363
Herbs and edible flowers

Mo-Na Food Distributors

Michael Avenati, Edmonton, 780.435.4370
Mushrooms, fresh and frozen berries, wild rice, grains and pulses

Peas on Earth Organic Garden

Eric and Ruby Chen, Sturgeon County, 780.973.6680
Certified organic produce

Riverbend Gardens

Aaron and Janelle Herbert, Edmonton, 780.378.9606
Season’s first vegetables thanks to riverside microclimate

Steve & Dan’s Fresh B.C. Fruit

Steven and Daniel Souto, Oliver, B.C., 250.485.2037
Apples, berries, peaches, nectarines, prunes, plums, pears and nuts from family orchard


Gold Forest Grains

John Schneider, Morinville, 780.987.3743
Organic farm-milled flour and whole grains

Mighty Trio Organics

Sean Superkoski, Edmonton, 780.265.4367
Hemp, canola and flax oil; hemp powder and butter


Brassica Mustard Ltd.

Desmond Johnston and Karen Davis, Calgary,, 403.277.3301
Unique mustards

Birds & Bees Organic Winery and Meadery (previously En Santé)

Chrapko family, Brosseau, 780.657.2275
Alberta's first and only organic winery and meadery (honey wine)

Lola Canola Natural Honey

Patty Milligan, Bon Accord, 1.877.921.3657
Unfiltered, unpasteurized honey and honey products