Throwback Thursday: Alberta Open Farm Days – Reclaim Urban Farm

Sometimes there are moments when procrastinating on a post for over a year can actually work in your favour. I went to Alberta Open Farm Days last year with Cindy at Reclaim Urban Farm and never got around to posting about my experience, so here’s a throwback Thursday in time for this year’s Alberta Open Farm Days happening this weekend. I didn’t have a lot of time to drive out to some of the farms outside of Edmonton, so I popped down to the St. John’s Institute to learn more about Reclaim Urban Farm instead. I had some knowledge about Reclaim Urban Farm based on their farmer’s market booth and from a few presentations/panels they have been on.

Alberta Open Farm Days

Alberta Open Farm Days

Reclaim Urban Farm

Reclaim Urban Farm

The tour at the Reclaim Urban Farm was free with lunch provided, but they also had some of the produce available for sale with the proceeds going to their land partner – St. John’s Institute. Look at how gorgeous those microgreens are!

Reclaim Urban Farm Suggested Donation Price on Alberta Farm Days

Reclaim Urban Farm Suggested Donation Price on Alberta Farm Days

Reclaim Urban Farm Microgreens

Reclaim Urban Farm Microgreens

Reclaim Urban Farm does SPIN (Small Plot INtensive) farming and has several plots along the Whyte Ave/Garneau area. I love the use of urban spaces and the fact that they are also trying to use bicycles to travel in between lots for farming and harvesting. The lot near St.John’s Institute is one of the larger ones that they have and there were rows of vegetables and it was surprising how much they can grow on a small plot of land.

Radishes under the agribon

Radishes under the agribond 

Lettuce growing in their beds

Lettuce growing in their beds

Edible flowers

Edible flowers

Ryan and Cathryn showing us how they seed their plots

Ryan and Cathryn showing us how they seed their plots

After the tour of the plot, we were provided with lunch at the St. John’s Institute using Reclaim Urban Farm produce. While there was no cost for the tour and lunch, most people did end up donating $10-$20 to the St. John’s Institute.

We were expecting a light lunch, but the folks at St. John’s Institute really put out a spread and it was much more than I was expecting! The only thing I knew about the St. John’s Institute prior to this was the perogy nights that are held every month (also a great evening out!), but they do catering as well and based on this meal – I think it would be pretty awesome food!

St. John's Institute salad made with Reclaim Urban Farm products

St. John’s Institute salad made with Reclaim Urban Farm products

"Light" lunch provided by the St. John's Institute - burger, mussels, Mediterranean potato salad, corn on the cob.

“Light” lunch provided by the St. John’s Institute – burger, mussels, Mediterranean potato salad, corn on the cob.

Delicious berry tart provided by the St. John's Institute for dessert

Delicious berry tart provided by the St. John’s Institute for dessert

If you have the opportunity to head out for Alberta Open Farm Days, I  would definitely recommend looking on their website and considering a plan to drive out and visit some of the farms to see what Alberta has to offer! Even if you can’t get to places out of the city, there are a few within the city limits like Reclaim Urban Farm.

Topbox Review: May – June 2016

Happy summer! I am super excited for this summer as it will be a combination of fun followed by school (eek!) as my course work is starting in August and not September, but before that, I am going to be out enjoying summer as much as humanly possible. Of course, what is summer without some construction? However, this year instead of just complaining about all the road construction, I am having some done at home too. There will be new highly efficient windows getting installed, but before that, comes all the cleaning, which means sorting through all my samples and that has been a trial… I am  definitely a “collector” of samples and have more than I can use so my recent Topboxes have just been sitting and waiting. But, I have at least gotten my act together and finally taken some photos for y’all.

May 2016 Topbox

May 2016 Topbox

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What’s Your Bento? + Edo Japan Giveaway

So… let’s start this post off with a quick life update – I am going back to school! I’m going to be starting a MBA program this fall, so it’s going to definitely be a case of living the frugal life for the next year. Of course, with this change, it also brings back massive feelings of nostalgia of living the university life… only maybe without the crazy drinking (haha or maybe not?). As I have mentioned before, Edo Japan was a staple of my university days and I have a feeling that it will be back in my life on the regular very soon! Luckily, Edo Japan has some new menu options that did not exist during my undergrad, like these bento boxes.
Edo Japan - Bento Box - Image 3

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Topbox Review: March – April 2016

It’s Topbox review time again! Here’s a double header coming your way especially since my May box is expected to show up very shortly… I’m not going to lie – I am beyond behind schedule in all things blog related and this post is going to be a very short one since I haven’t gotten around to doing anything except opening my last two boxes *insert sheepish smile here*.

March_2016_Topbox

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Vegan Buffet at Narayanni’s

A few weeks ago, A. and I popped down to Whyte Ave after work to check out the Tuesday vegan buffet at Narayanni‘s. I have walked past Narayanni’s several times in the past, but have never gone in, so this was a first for me! To be honest, I had assumed that all the Indian buffet places were the same, so once I found one that worked, I kind of stopped looking for new places – shame on me… So really, I need to thank Narayanni’s for reaching out and inviting A. and I in for lunch/dinner. Unfortunately, I work all the way across the river so lunch is not an option but if you’re on the south side, Narayanni’s does offer a lunch buffet, which includes soup, salad, chicken curry and three vegan dishes for $12! The lunch buffet runs Tuesday – Friday from 11:30 – 1:30, but word to the wise – it’s a cash only lunch, so make sure you hit up the ATM before going.

Narayanni's

Narayanni’s

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