Episode 58 – Veg Glean

KevinFall Veg, From Local Farms, Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton, Riverbend Gardens, Veg, Vegetables3 Comments

This one was a year in the works. Way back when, while shooting Episode 23 at Riverbend Gardens, I was enlightened to the situation that is common at vegetable farms in the fall: harvests fill up storage capacity, labour is relieved for the season, and anything left in the ground becomes compost-in-place. Sensible, really. Wouldn’t make sense to try to … Read More

Pears. Edmonton Pears.

KevinFrom the Garden, Fruit from the Yard, Pears5 Comments

Pears rank in my top 3 favorite fruits, for sure. Like with wines, I’m a sucker for the floral, high-toned aromatics. Problem is, until this year my only real source of pears was from the Okanagan. I knew there were pears around here, I just hadn’t seen or tasted any that made me think a realistic replacement to the Okanagan … Read More

Saskatoon Glean 2012

KevinForaging, From the Cellar, From the Garden, From The Wild, Fruit from the Yard, Saskatoon Wine, Saskatoons, Saskatoons Galore, U Pick Fruit, Wild Fruits, Wine6 Comments

Long, long ago, in a former saskatoon u-pick that is now more lawn than bush, a friend and I harvested saskatoons by the 5 gal pail and I made wine. Not your usual cooler-esque cheery saskatoon wine, but a heavy, dense, rich, viscous wine, aged with american white oak. That was way back in 2009. That vintage is now 3 … Read More

Episode 29 – Applejack

KevinApple Wine, Applejack, Apples, Cider, Cider Making, From the Cellar, From the Garden, Fruit from the Yard, Wine11 Comments

Applejack is a hard liquor of 20-30% abv that can only be made when it’s extremely cold out. For that, it is special to me. Its flavours and smells cannot be created in warmer climates – perhaps why the Normands don’t do applejack despite their apple-booze culture…they simply can’t. It’s extra special due to the fact that distilling booze to make spirits is … Read More