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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 techlifemag.ca.

Meat
Dairy
Fruits/Vegetables
Grains
Other

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.

MEAT

Four Whistle Farm

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

Greens, Eggs & Ham Family Farm

Mary Ellen and Andreas Grueneberg, Leduc
info@greenseggsandham.com, 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
dhagman@hogwild.ab.ca, 1.888.668.9453
Wild boar meat, bow hunting, barbecues

Irvings Farm Fresh

Alan & Nicola Irving, Round Hill
info@irvingsfarmfresh.com, 780.672.2787
Gluten-free Berkshire pork products, British style

Nature’s Green Acres

Danny and Shannon Ruzicka, Viking
naturesgreenacres@gmail.com, 780.336.2265
Grass-fed chicken, pork, nouveau beef

Spring Creek Ranch

Kirstin Kotelko, Vegreville
info@springcreek.ca, 780.436.0335
Premium Angus beef, without added hormones or antibiotics

DAIRY

Smoky Valley Goat Cheese

Holly and Larry Gale, Smoky Lake
holly@smokyvalleygoatcheese.com, 780.383.3798
Artisan cheeses and yogurts

The Cheesiry

Rhonda and Brian Headon, Kitscoty
cheesiry@gmail.com, 780.522.8784
Artisan sheep cheese (also gluten-free beef products)

Sylvan Star Cheese

John Schalkwijk, Red Deer
info@sylvanstarcheesefarm.ca, 403.340.1560
Lactose-free gouda, gruyere and edam cheese

FRUITS/VEGETABLES

Gull Valley Greenhouses

Phil and Carolyn Tiemstra, Blackfalds
gullvalley@platinum.ca, 403.885.2242
Hydroponically grown tomatoes, beans, lettuce, peppers, basil

Inspired Market Gardens

Gwen Simpson, Edmonton
info@inspiredgardens.ca, 780.910.9363
Herbs and edible flowers

Mo-Na Food Distributors

Michael Avenati, Edmonton
info@monafood.ca, 780.435.4370
Mushrooms, fresh and frozen berries, wild rice, grains and pulses

Peas on Earth Organic Garden

Eric and Ruby Chen, Sturgeon County
contact@peasonearth.ca, 780.973.6680
Certified organic produce

Riverbend Gardens

Aaron and Janelle Herbert, Edmonton
aaronherbert@albertacom.com, 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.
s_souto@hotmail.com, 250.485.2037
Apples, berries, peaches, nectarines, prunes, plums, pears and nuts from family orchard

GRAINS

Gold Forest Grains

John Schneider, Morinville
goldforestgrains@yahoo.ca, 780.987.3743
Organic farm-milled flour and whole grains

Mighty Trio Organics

Sean Superkoski, Edmonton
mightytrio@gmail.com, 780.265.4367
Hemp, canola and flax oil; hemp powder and butter

OTHER

Brassica Mustard Ltd.

Desmond Johnston and Karen Davis, Calgary 
desmond@brassicamustard.com, karen@brassicamustard.com, 403.277.3301
Unique mustards

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

Chrapko family, Brosseau
info@birdsandbeeswinery.com, 780.657.2275
Alberta's first and only organic winery and meadery (honey wine)

Lola Canola Natural Honey

Patty Milligan, Bon Accord
info@lolacanola.com, 1.877.921.3657
Unfiltered, unpasteurized honey and honey products