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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Tourism in your own Backyard - Red Deer County

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As we’re all getting out and enjoying the beautiful summer weather and all that Red Deer County has to offer, there are several places that we can visit with the whole family that are within a short 20 – 30 minute drive. 

One of these great places is the Edgar Family Farm, some of you might better know this as “The Asparagus Farm”. The Edgar Family Farm is usually open mid-May when the asparagus is ready and closes at the end of September when the weather starts to turn. They normally celebrate the fresh asparagus with a festival but unfortunately, due to Covid, they have not held the Asparagus Festival for the past two years. You can still stop by the Farm Store and purchase fresh, home grown, tender, sweet asparagus mid-May until the end of June. You can also purchase other fresh grown items such as my absolute favorite, freshly picked garden peas from July to August and many other home grown fresh vegetables. 

The farm store is open every day except Sunday, from 11am to 6pm. You can choose from natural fermented veggies, asparagus and homemade soups, ready to bake homemade fruit and savory pies. The shelves are stocked with a large selection of hand-made preserves using tried and true family recipes and their own home-grown ingredients. Edgar Farms also offers home raised, hormone and anti-biotic free, grass-fed Angus beef. At Edgar Farms, they do not use any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives – everything is natural, as it should be. 

The Edgar family originally settled in this area in 1907 and six generations later, they are still farming the traditional grain and cattle crops. The first acre of asparagus which they are famous for, was planted back in 1986 as an experiment to see if it was a viable crop with the goal of direct marketing to customers. They now have 50 acres of asparagus planted which has proven to be very labour intensive. Over 20 people are employed each year to hand pick the entire field daily as well as wash and bundle this tasty vegetable. 

Located just 14 kms south and west of Innisfail at 1465 Twp 352, it’s just short drive from anywhere in the county. You can also find Edgar Farm delicious fresh and preserved products at the Gasoline Alley Indoor Farmer’s Market at the Innisfail Growers booth as well as many other Central Alberta farmer’s markets. One of my favorites is the pickled asparagus! www.edgarfarms.com 

For other great ideas on what to do with your family in and around our region Red Deer Tourism is a great resource www.visitreddeer.com

For more information, visit www.growrdcounty.ca or contact Sandy Badry, Economic Development Officer at 403.357.2395 or email sbadry@rdcounty.ca.

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