Lund's Organic Farm is a certified organic family farm located 1.5 km northwest of the town of Innisfail. It has been certified organic since 1988 (since 1993 in current location). They grow a variety of vegetables, with the emphasis on cold weather crops such as carrots, spinach, lettuce, and several potato varieties. Cool weather crops grow very well in cool, shady Central Alberta. Most summers here are too short and cold for heat loving crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and corn. Their farmland is mostly gently rolling hills with an abundance of natural shelterbelts and waterways. The soil is rich and black, and is 12-24 inches deep. It was used as pasture before they took over the farm, and therefore has never been sprayed with chemicals of any sort.
Soil fertility is maintained with the use of various varieties of grain. At the moment, we run a 3 year rotation. We grow grains for two years, plow them into the ground and grow vegetables the third year.
We have set aside wildlife refuge for native birds and mammals to help control insects and pests in crops, and also to maintain a balanced farm ecosystem. All waterways are protected, as are nesting sites for many native birds.
Certified organic vegetables have been produced in accordance with specific guidelines and organic standards, as established by the certifying agency. Each year, their farm is inspected by an independent inspector to verify that it meets, or exceeds the standards.
These beautiful vibrant green leaves are a perfect addition to your smoothies. Green Chard also tastes delicious sauteed with vegetables. </br></br>Packed with essential nutrients, Green Chard is a great source of Vitamins A,C,E, and K. It also contains sodium and a good chunk of protein.
The local collards are a smaller, more tender, and fantastic greens to try out! Great as little veggie wraps, or cooked up with some onions, butter, and garlic. </br></br>These are vitamin K bombs! Vitamin K is really good for bone health and also helps to thin our blood making it a great cardiovascular aid. They also have cholesterol lowering capabilities which are exemplified when steamed/cooked.
Although slightly resembling flat leaf parsley in appearance, cilantro can be distinguished by its unmistakable aroma and flavor. Cilantro offers citrus overtones with a flavor that can be bright, earthy and pungent, though its pungency is often contested to border on "soapiness". If left to go to seed, the plant produces white delicate flowers from the cilantro leaves that have the exact essence of cilantro with a sweet floral finish. You either love it or hate it! It's in your genes!
Dill Dill Dill! Get some potatoes, carrots, butter, and dill and make yourself happy! </br> </br> While pretty low on the nutritional scale, dill is loaded with health beneficial flavonoids, and monoterpenes. They act as antioxidants and trap free radicals in our bodies.
White Garlic becomes Black Garlic following a month-long fermentation process under strictly controlled heat and humidity. This very specific process results is a soft, jelly-like texture that is free from odour and has a taste similar to figs.<br><br> From a nutritional point of view, Black Garlic has a much higher content of allicin, the active ingredient in White Garlic that imparts its benefits, but without the odour. Additionally, Black Garlic is rich in amino acids and has almost double the amount of antioxidants when compared to White Garlic. But that is not the whole story.<br><br> Black Garlic also contains an additional very specific compound called S-Allycysteine (SAC) in very high concentrations, compared to White Garlic which is water soluble and thus absorbed easily within the body. S-Allylcysteine has been shown to assist with the absorption of allicin. This makes Black Garlic much more effective than White Garlic for all the benefits mentioned above and additionally it is well tolerated by the digestive system so the chance of gastric distress is completely minimised. <br> The black garlic is shelf stable. Because of the high sugar content, it is quite a bit like honey. The main thing is to keep it from drying out, which is why we keep it in resealable bags.
Beet noodles are truly a thing of beauty. The color is so vibrant. One look at them and you know you don't need to do much to make them delicious. They paid well with dill, balsamic, goats cheese, plain yogurt or use them in your next stirfry!!
Rutabaga is a root veggie that originated as a cross between cabbage and turnips. Very popular in Scandinavian dishes, they can be mashed, roasted, or baked into a casserole. </br></br>Rutabaga has a natural sweetness the is enhanced by cooking. A good source of fibre, thiamin, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, and a very good source of vitamin C, potassium and manganese.