On the farm part 2: farm fresh meal

Besides learning more and more about agriculture every time I visit the farm, there are also the farm fresh homemade meals we get to indulge in. This visit was no exception, and with this being a spring visit, we were in for a treat.

As I mentioned in my last post, my fiancee Mitch’s dad’s farm is located near Ste. Rose Du Lac. Gagnon Seeds is its name and before Mitch’s dad Art ran it, Mitch’s grandfather did. Art’s partner Irene does her fair share too, last weekend she spoiled us with her cooking.

Every year, Art rents some of his land to a farmer for his steer to graze in. This year they have 300 steers that weigh 800 lbs each! They feed on grass and grain and are provided plenty of water. At the end of the summer when their owner takes them back, Art and Irene keep one steer that feeds themselves and their families for the winter. We are lucky to have access to this beef and to know exactly where it has come from and how it has been cared for. Health and welfare is of importance to them. Art and Irene make sure everyone who handles the steers adhere to humane methods.

On that note, I’ll move on to the supper. We had asparagus fresh from the garden, and local potatoes and mushrooms. Our steak came right from their farm and are known to be generous portions, usually one is shared between two people.

Knowing where your food comes from is nice. Knowing EXACTLY where it comes from – your own family’s backyard or farm – is even better.

Local potatoes and mushroom from the farmer’s market in Dauphin.

 Asparagus right from the garden!

Beef right from the farm, vegetables from the garden and Dauphin farmer’s market, and dill buns from the Westman Bakery in Dauphin. Dessert was a splendid rhubarb cobbler (with rhubarb straight from the garden too) that I had no trouble making room for.

Spending time learning about where each ingredient came from made the meal all that much more pleasing.