Farm to Fork Tour promotes Saskatchewan's bounty to influential food writers and chefs
(SASKATOON, SK) The second annual Farm to Fork tour took place last week in the Saskatoon area as Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan brought more than forty influential food experts from across North America together for a three-day journey through our province's thriving agriculture industry.
Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) is a non-profit organization that works to connect consumers to agriculture. The purpose of the tour is to build relationships with key people who influence consumers and their food choices and bring them face-to-face with our farmers, ranchers and food producers.
The participants had the opportunity to witness harvest in full swing at Wilbar Farms near Dundurn, SK, and to meet their purebred Red and Black Angus cattle herd. Other tour stops included watching eggs reach their cartons at the Star Eggs processing facility, sampling a pint at Great Western Brewing Company and taking in the College of Agriculture & Bioresources Greenhouse at the University of Saskatchewan.
Seminars on food safety and biotechnology rounded out the program and participants were eager to ask questions of the agriculture industry representatives that joined them. Of course guests were never hungry as some of Saskatoon's most talented chefs were featured at the Delta Bessborough hotel, Agar's Corner, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Boffin's Public House and Riverside Country Club.
"Our group left very well fed and richer in spirit. We experienced the passion and commitment these producers put into the food they feed their families and share with Canada and the world," said Patricia Chuey, a registered dietitian and enthusiastic tour participant.
"We are very passionate about agriculture here," said Clinton Monchuk, incoming Executive Director of FFC SK. "I want to thank everyone who came out to the farm tour and showed interest in learning about Saskatchewan's abundance of wholesome food products. The relationship doesn't stop here."
Sponsors of this year's tour included: Barley Council of Canada, Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan, CropLife Canada, the French's Food Company, Great Western Brewing Company, SaskCanola, Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association, Saskatchewan Egg Producers, SaskFlax, Sask Mustard, Sask Pork, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, and Tourism Saskatoon.
For more information, contact:
Project Manager, FFC SK
Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) is a whole-sector coalition made up of farm families, agribusinesses, food processors, restaurants, retailers, food companies and more. Together, we help tell the stories of the farmers who work hard to grow the fresh Saskatchewan food that we enjoy so much. FFC SK works to provide a coordinated effort and a unified voice, connecting farm gates to our dinner plates.
Photos by Lori Gasper