This week, August 12-19, 2018, is the first ever Local Food Week in Alberta!
We started making cider because we believe so strongly in the fruit and flavours that thrive in Alberta. We want to support local food – and drinks! And we want to make sure that local food is honoured and not wasted. (You can read more about our beliefs and philosophy in our Cider Manifesto.)
Local Ingredients and Hardy Fruit
We believe in using locally grown fruit as much as possible. There are many apples that grow in Edmonton that make great cider. There are also many other fruits and plants that grow here. We are always discovering new local ingredients that we can incorporate into our experiments. Right now we can’t grow everything we need on the land available to us but even when we have to look a bit farther we always try to use cold hardy fruit that we could grow in Edmonton.
Local Food and Community Building
Local food, drink, and craft industry has a great role to play in the development of communities and a sense of place. Local craft foods and beverages link some of our most social and cultural experiences with the place we live and the land we live on. We use local food as an opportunity to give back to our community – whether that is helping a senior prune their apple tree when they can’t afford it or by donating apples to the Food Bank.
How Can You Celebrate Local Food Week?
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is! Literally. Buy Local Food!
We know that buying local sometimes means you have to spend a bit more – however, this time of year it’s often cheaper!! So while the growing season is in it’s prime see how much you can purchase locally. Visit the farmer’s market. Trade with your neighbours (we know you have way too many zucchini…). Or even order local grocery delivery like Organic Box or SPUD.
Visit Farmers and Local Food Producers
We look forward to Alberta Open Farm Days every year! This year it’s on August 18 & 19th.
Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food. As well, some of Alberta’s most talented chefs and rural communities will be hosting a memorable series of farm to table culinary events that will be held around the province using Alberta farm products.– Alberta Open Farm Days website
We highly recommend checking out some of the other craft beverage producers in the province like Blindman Brewing, Fallentimber Meadery, & Shady Lane Estates Fruit Winery. The Alberta Barley to Beer tour in Calgary looks especially awesome. But there are also lots of fruit u-picks, farm to table dinners, tours and all kinds of local food fun!
Help Your Extra Fruit Reach its Full Potential – as Cider!
Another great way to celebrate is to make sure that the food growing in your own neighbourhood doesn’t go to waste! We are still collecting fruit – apples and crabapples of course, but also other local fruit as well. We love to experiment with anything that grows locally; here are some of the foods we have used in cider in the past:
- highbush cranberries,
- spruce tips,
- sour cherries,
- choke cherries,
You can contact us through our website or social media (@yegcider) if you would like to share!
Happy Alberta Local Food Week! Hug a farmer, food producer, chef or the Baba down the street who always keeps you fed.