The Alberta Open Farm Days are taking place this weekend, August 13-14, and more than 100 farms across Alberta are participating.
Chatsworth Farm, east of Edmonton near Vermilion, is one of the estates opening its doors to visitors.
Established in 1994, the farm is run by seven family members who are committed to ensuring that Albertans receive quality farm-to-table food with every purchase.
Driving into the yard, people are greeted by a huge garden that grows just about every vegetable imaginable in Alberta.
Chatsworth Farm is a mixed farm growing crops and raising livestock including cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens, geese and two horses. And no farm is complete without a few barn cats!
Charlotte Wasylik, the only daughter in the family, helps out on the farm as much as she can, including social and media work.
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“We have beef, we have lamb, and we have poultry and eggs — those are some of the things that we sell farm-to-table, so straight from our farm to customers,” Wasylik said.
All of the animals, from the cattle to the lambs – even their turkeys – are born or hatched on the farm. Once they reach their desired size, they go to the butcher, she said.
“We just take them to either Vermilion 15 minutes or to our other butcher which is 20 minutes south of us and they do everything — they cut, they wrap all of our meat,” she said, adding that the beef then goes dry-ripened for an average of 21 days.
“Then we pick it up, label everything and deliver directly to our customers.”
And when it comes to preparing the eggs, Wasylik says it’s a simple process.
“They are put in the chicken coop. We bring them here, they wash them and bring them straight to our customers.”
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Chatsworth Farm doesn’t sell just any eggs — they offer a rainbow mix of eggs whose color comes from the chicken’s genetics, Wasylik said.
“Some are olive, others deep dark and crimson, blue – sometimes even with a purple tinge.”
“It’s something a lot of people really love, and when the chickens are laying well, it’s really difficult to keep them stocked.”
As part of the Alberta Open Farm Days, the public is invited to visit the 20,000-acre farm this weekend.
“There will be a BBQ which is new this year. We also have machine demonstrations, an expanded farmer’s market and guided livestock tours,” she said.
“We have a lot going on here and we are very happy to welcome everyone back here on the farm.”
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A unique feature of the BBQ is the family’s beef hot dogs.
“The beef itself is sirloin, shoulder roast, rib roast and round roast. We also have our beef fat in it, so it’s our beef and only our beef.”
Washrooms are on site and a golf cart is available for those with limited mobility. There are also plenty of shaded areas for those who want to hide from the sun.
If Chatsworth isn’t nearby, there are plenty of other farms to check out.
“There’s probably a farm near you that’s participating and we’d invite you all to come out and have fun on the farm.”
Established in 2013, the Open Farm Days is a collaborative, province-wide, two-day event that gives Albertans a chance to experience the farm and understand where their food comes from.
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