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Farm Store May 31, 2012 Newsletter

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Open house at our farm“Get into the ‘SPEAR IT’ of Spring!!”  Asparagus FestivalAsparagus Eats Booth At our festival


If you are a lover of asparagus, looking for some fun on a real working farm, or maybe just a little curious about how this quirky member of the lily family grows, then you will definitely want to attend the hugely popular “Get into the ‘SPEAR IT’ of spring!!” Asparagus Festival at Edgar Farms. Enjoy a hay ride to the largest asparagus field in Alberta, tastings prepared by executive chefs, petting zoo, bale fort, meet Mr. Aspara-guy, shopping at our Edgar Farms Country Store, other locally made/locally baked booths and lots more, so bring along the kids for a fun experience and create great famiPeople touring fieldly memories!


June 2 & 3, 2012  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Rain or Shine

$5.00 per person or $20.00 per Family – under 3 free

For a printable map visit our website


Exit 365 west off QE#2, follow signs to Cottonwood Road, then 10 km. west.

Save 25%
Print this coupon and present at the time of admission to the Edgar Farms Asparagus Festival June 2 or 3, 2012 to recieve 25% off of the Family Gate admission price of $20.00.
Coupon only valid June 2 & 3, 2012 and must be presented at time of admission. This  offer can not be combined with any other offer.
Offer Expires: June 4, 2012

Our Country StoreFarm Store Our asparagus is always available at our Country Store while we are picking. It  is located on our farm just 10 km. west of Innisfail off QE#2 on the Cottonwood Road which is paved.Our shelves are brimming with home grown & home made goodness.  We offer farm-direct seasonal farm gate sales of our home grown sweet and tender asparagus and many other seasonal veggies, preserves, Angus beef, soups  and pies so if you are driving by, be sure and stop in.Open 8 AM- 8 PM daily May 15 – Sept 30

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Our local Asparagus this weekAsparagus growing in fieldWe are picking our asparagus field daily. The yields are a little better than last week.We have had several very cold nights with the low temeratures dipping down to very near freezing. Fortunately, we have managed to miss any frost.The asparagus that we grow in our cool climate has an amazing intense flavor and is very sweet.

When we will stop picking our asparagusWe hand pick our asparagus field daily starting whenever in May the soil warms enough to encourage the roots to start sending up tender delicious shoots. The picking season is very short, we will only be picking until about the end of June.

Asparagus Fern in August
Asparagus Fern in August

Every time we pick a spear, the root sends up another one. This takes strength out of the plants. When all of the spears are very thin, that is an indication that the plants are getting stressed. Also, the plants need eight weeks of frost free weather in their fern stage after we quit picking.


We will be stopping picking about the end of June if all goes well.

Breakfast Television

I was invited to go on Breakfast television in Calgary this morning. what a fun experience. I made:

Grilled Prosciutto & Provolone Asparagus Bundles


This is our daughter, Angie’s favorite asparagus recipe. It is Breakfast Televisionvery easy, but also very impressive.


24        Edgar Farms asparagus spears

2 Tbsp.    extra virgin olive oil

¼ tsp.  freshly ground pepper

12        thin slices prosciutto

12        slices provolone or havarti cheese


Preheat BBQ or grill to high & lightly oil.  Toss asparagus with olive oil. Wrap 2 asparagus spears with a piece of cheese, then a piece of prosciutto, allowing ends of asparagus to be exposed. Place on grill, close lid and cook, turning often until asparagus turns bright green and is tender-crisp.

Alternatively, place on cookie sheet and bake uncovered at 450°F for 6 to 9 min. rolling around a few times.


Who we areAdopt a RoadEdgar Farms  is a 6 generation family farm west of Innisfail Alberta. Back in 1986, inspiration to start diversifying into the locally grown consumer direct market first came from tasting the intenseness of the flavour of asparagus grown in our family garden and the desire to market direct to consumers. no one else was growing asparagus in our weather challenged climate so we gave it a try. we now harvest a 21 acre patch of asparagus every spring which, due to our unique cool Alberta spring nights and optimum sandy soil, has incredible sweetness and amazing flavour.

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Elna Edgar
Edgar Farms

Innisfail, Alberta T4G 1T8
403-227-2443 or 403-350-0659