Monday, August 14, 2017

Alberta Open Farm Days: Leaman Exchange

 
A replica of the family's gas station, owned by Cecil Sharman
The Sharman family has lived in the Wildwood area for nearly 100 years, on Leaman Road, located just 15 minutes West of Wildwood, Alberta. 8 years ago, Leanne Sharman, Grandaughter of Cecil Sharman, purchased a farm on Leaman Road with her husband David Scott, and together with their family created a hobby farm they named Leaman Exchange. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Alberta Open Farm Days: Farmer's Market Tour

 
One of my favourite aspects of summer is the abundance of locally grown fruits and vegetables.  It's not uncommon for me to take the 3 hour road trip simply to visit some of my favourite markets.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Jerk Chicken

 
This summer I volunteered for The Wild Mountain Music Festival.  The weekend was inspiring for a lot of different reasons.  I left with new friends, new experiences, and an intense craving for jerk chicken. 
 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Alberta Open Farm Days: Wild Country Gardens


Paulette Sparks, Owner/Operator of Wild Country Gardens

This year marks 10 years since Paulette Sparks moved to Wildwood.  While her husband Rennie lived on the farm most of his adult life, it wasn't until Sparks moved in with him that their fruit farm began. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Campfire Compote w/ London Fog Whipped Cream



A few weeks back Sarah and I camped out at Wildhorse Lake for a couple of nights.  Being as how we were so close to town and had vehicles to store our coolers in at night, we were able to do a little gourmet camp cooking that weekend.

On Saturday, I went back into town for a friend’s housewarming party, and at Sarah’s request, I grabbed some rhubarb from her yard on the way back.

When I got back to camp, Sarah got to work chopping up the rhubarb, and I grabbed some raspberries from my cooler.  We added some brown sugar and butter she had brought, and stewed it all over the fire.  While Sarah worked on the compote, I grabbed a mason jar, and got to work on the London Fog Whipped Cream, using ingredients I had brought for coffee, and an Earl Grey Tea bag.  The result was one of the best desserts I have had in awhile, let alone camping. 

This compote would work well on top of French toast, pancakes, toast, or as a crustless pie/crumble, which is how we ate it that night.
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