Farm to Fork Tour brings national and international food writers, dietitians and chefs to experience Saskatchewan
(SASKATOON, SK) Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) invited food writers, editors, dietitians, chefs, bloggers and culinary professionals from across North America to experience the tastes of Saskatchewan on their annual Farm to Fork Tour this July. With representatives from Chatelaine magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and George Brown College, the influential guests of this Saskatoon based tour visited local farms, ranches and food businesses to learn about our province's thriving food 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.
This three-day tour covers all aspects of agriculture as the guests visited Wilbar Cattle Co., Heuchert Farms grain operation, a Elkrest Dairy and the Star Egg processing facility. Seminars on food safety and sustainability allowed eager participants to ask questions of industry experts and get answers to some of their most pressing food questions.
"The Farm to Fork Tour was outstanding! Connecting with farmers, food processors and others in agriculture provided great insight in how Saskatchewan produces such a diverse range of safe foods for those around the world. Also, the opportunity to interact with dietitians, chefs, culinary instructors, recipe developers, food photographers and other food influencers during the tour was invaluable. Thank you Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan for inviting me on this amazing tour." Shelley Case, RD, Case Nutrition Consulting, Regina, Saskatchewan.
In addition to all the learning opportunities the guests were treated to great Saskatchewan grown dishes prepared by some of Saskatoon's top local chefs. They enjoyed a Meal in the Field at Agar's Corner, catered by the YXE Chefs' Association, and explored first nations culture at the Wanuskewin Heritage Park.
"This was an excellent opportunity to bring together some of the top food influencers in North America and give them a taste of Saskatchewan agriculture," said Clinton Monchuk, Executive Director of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan. "We hope they pass their experiences onto their followers and showcase what modern farmers do and why they do it."
Sponsors of this year's tour included: Cargill, Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan, CropLife Canada, the French's Food Company, Great Western Brewing Company, SaskCanola, Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association, Saskatchewan Egg Producers, SaskFlax, SaskMilk, Sask Mustard and Sask Pork.
Today, less than 3% of Canadians have a direct connection to the farm, which is one reason why so many have questions about how their food is produced. Farm & Food Care runs several programs to help address these consumer questions and inspire more confidence in our farmers and in Saskatchewan-grown foods. To learn more, follow us online @FarmFoodCareSK or join us at an event such as the Chef's Series at Taste of Saskatchewan this summer. Or let us put you in touch with a farmer so you can ask them directly about the food on your table!