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Maynard Kolskog has made some remarkable tasting oat-based cheeses. Pictured here are a smoky cheese and a blue cheese.

Reporter plays foodie and samples oat-based cheeses

“The more I work with Alberta crops, the more I get excited about them,” says local culinary arts instructor

It’s not every day that I go into a laboratory to try food. But today, I walk into a room with steel containers and refrigerators, where researchers are wearing lab coats. I’m about to taste some new oat ‘cheese,’ and I’m excited. Before I get to taste the oat cheese, research chef, Maynard Kolskog has […] Read more

Drive Away Hunger campaign underway

Donations of cash and food are now being accepted at Farm Credit Canada offices for this year’s Drive Away Hunger campaign. The initiative supports meal programs in 100 schools across the country and since its inception, has provided more than 50 million meals. According to Food Banks Canada, more than four million Canadians — both […] Read more


How does peanut butter fit into our identity as Canadians?

It’s as Canadian as peanut butter? Fascinating food facts

Whether born out of curiosity or necessity, this country has a rich history in creating new foods

When we think of a Canadian meal, we think of beef, pork, lamb, chicken, milk, and all the fixings. Spring is here and the BBQ has likely been dusted off to welcome these old flames to our weary winter palate. As Canadians, we set the table with favourites such as lasagna, burgers of every description, […] Read more

Salad greens make for a tasty treat for cattle on Crooked Lake Farm.

Closing the loop: Food waste gets gobbled up on farms

Chickens eat sushi while washing it down with non-alcoholic beer

Sushi, sandwiches, broccoli, yogurt, and non-alcoholic beer. Sounds like things you might eat when in fact, it’s what I feed my chickens. Yes, you read that right. My chickens eat sushi and drink non-alcoholic beer on occasion. It’s all thanks to a program called The Loop and a local grocery store chain, Save-On-Foods. The Loop […] Read more



Alternative meat company Quorn has dozens of products in its faux chicken lineup. The product is made from a ‘mycoprotein,’ which is derived from a soil fungus fermented in vats and is high in protein and fibre.

There’s more vegetarians, but also more meat eaters looking for change

‘Flexitarians’ still want to eat meat but they also want to ‘feel good about eating,’ says marketing expert

The number of vegans and vegetarians is growing, but confirmed meat eaters will remain and possibly look at higher-end cuts of meat, says an international food-marketing expert. But the middle is where it gets interesting — with “flexitarians” looking for good sources of protein and willing to have a mix of plant and animal proteins, […] Read more


Hop growers Brent and Kari Tarasoff and brew master Marc Shields have seen incredible growth in their microbrewery over the past year — but the brewing business is not for the faint of heart.

Ponoka microbrewery eyes world domination

Kari and Brent Tarasoff had no intention of opening a brewery when they began growing hops in Penticton, B.C. four years ago. But their five-year plan got thrown out the window last year when they opened Siding 14 Brewing Company in Ponoka with two partners. And pretty soon, they’ll need to toss out their new […] Read more

Look to halal markets, says analyst

There are many opportunities for Alberta products in the global halal market, says provincial marketing specialist. “I hesitate to put dollar figures on it, but the easiest way to look at it is how entire countries would open up to our meat products,” said Grant Winton. “Take Indonesia, for example. It is the world’s fourth-largest […] Read more


The Gulfood trade show in Dubai has one million square feet of exhibition space
 and attracts about 100,000 attendees.

Halal beef a huge opportunity for Alberta, say market experts

The market for beef and food products produced in compliance with Islamic law is big and getting bigger

More needs to be done to tap into the huge and growing market for halal meat, say experts. “It’s a market that people seem to be a little afraid of or haven’t quite understood,” said Grant Winton, a manager with the International Relations and Marketing Section of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The word ‘halal’ simply […] Read more

Clever innovators have found new ways to bring us a cleaner plate

There are a host of flours made with unusual ingredients 
and they can also be used to make edible cutlery

I was thinking of my friend Ashley Fraser and the time I spent on his farm. The Australian innovator grew a variety of specialized seed crops for certified seed and birdseed, with the screenings going to the feed bunk ration. It was a waste-free way of looking at seed production and usage. In his climate […] Read more