Local Growers Are Our Heroes

These micro-greens were delicious! I even got Max to eat some.

These micro-greens were delicious! I even got Max to eat some.

I didn’t hit up too many Stampede Breakfasts over the past couple of weeks but I did make sure to hit up the Red Hat Stampede Lunch at Bite Groceteria in Inglewood. Though I wasn’t clear on what or who Red Hat was, the description of the lunch had phrases like “slap back a wheatgrass shot”, “sidle up to a salad bar” and best of all, “This year, get fresh at Stampede, with local, Alberta-grown produce.” It sounded like it was right up my alley.

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Bite Groceteria prepared a great lunch with fresh RedHat produce!

Turns out, RedHat Cooperative is a group of folks that we should all know. They are local Alberta growers who are passionate about getting great produce on our tables. A lot of the growers were at the lunch showing off their gorgeous vegetables and micro-greens. I sampled a wheat-grass shot that actually had a pleasant aftertaste and Bite Groceteria prepared an amazing lunch that I could go back and eat every day. I took home a bag full of a variety of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and micro-greens. Max immediately claimed the greens as his own and took them to his garden outside.

Max surveying the new additions to his garden, micro-greens from RedHat growers.

Max surveying the new additions to his garden, micro-greens from RedHat growers.

What I really like about RedHat is that I can go to my local grocery store, buy some produce and then go home and look up who the grower is. There is something really special about knowing whose farm or greenhouse I am supporting and knowing who grew the food that I am putting on my plate. I can’t always go to the Farmers Market or out to a farm myself, believe me, I wish I could!

The RedHat produce is beautiful, vibrant and packed with flavour.

The RedHat produce is beautiful, vibrant and packed with flavour.

Another cool thing about RedHat is their current campaign/contest with Grower Cards. You know how some people collect sports cards?  You can collect grower cards whenever you buy RedHat produce. On each card is a chance to win a cool beach vacation but, in my opinion, the coolest idea is that Max can collect cards of growers from Alberta! That is a great group of heros for a kid to have.

Keep an eye out for RedHat produce next time you are shopping and collect some grower card. But, please, don’t enter the contest too many times, I am trying really hard to be the one who gets to “Veg On The Beach.” Just kidding! Enter away and good luck!

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