Farm Fresh Food
Eat like a local! The best place to meet some of our producers is at one of our four farmers’ markets. Pick up freshly picked garden bounty, frozen meat, homemade baking, hand-picked berries, yummy chocolates, or fresh honey.
U-Picks open in early spring for asparagus, carrying through to June and July for strawberries, saskatoons and haskaps, and ending in August for garlic and other garden vegetables.
Wash it all down with a selection of ciders from Journey North Cider Co., beer and liquor from Cold Lake Brewing & Distilling, or a Pilsner from Beaver River Brew Co. For coffee aficionados try Elevate Coffee Roasters.
The Northeast Alberta Food Marketers Association lists a wide variety of producers from across the northeast if you want to stock the shelves all year.
There are four farmers’ markets in the area, featuring an abundance of mouth-watering food. Pack your bags with fresh produce, hand-picked berries and homemade tasty treats.
Bonnyville’s Farmers’ Markets
Open year-round, on Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Beaver River Fish and Game Building (4402-54 Ave.) and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bonnyville and District Centennial Centre (4313-50 Ave.). Extended markets on special days.
Cold Lake Farmers’ Market
This market is held every Thursday, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cold Lake Energy Centre (7825-51 St.).
Farmers’ markets are held once a month from February to November at the Glendon RCMP Hall. Check them out on Facebook for dates.
With an indoor strawberry crop, Lynn Rob Strawberries and Market Garden produces berries from the end of June into September (weather dependent). Lynn Robb also offers raspberries, saskatoons, honeyberries (haskap), garden vegetables, baking, and canned fruits and vegetables throughout the growing season. She can be found at both Bonnyville Farmers’ Markets. Located 15 km north of Bonnyville on Highway 41 and seven km west on Township Road 630.
Rocky Meadows Country Getaway offers the best of both worlds. You can spend a day picking, or you can just enjoy Lori’s homemade pie, baked with the berries that surround you. With over 1,000 saskatoon trees, you can easily get berried out. And then there are even more berry varieties to choose from: chokecherries, buffalo berry, sea buckthorn, black current, honey berry and cherry. With a commercial kitchen on site, pick up a pie, fudge, jams jellies, syrup, and salsa from the store year round! Located 13.4 km north of Bonnyville of off Hwy. 41.
Fresh asparagus in the spring is the most in-demand crop at Dirt Road Gardens. Get your orders in early to avoid disappointment. Raspberries are the next product ready to be picked at the end of July, followed by cloves of garlic coming available in mid-August. Located 18 km west of Bonnyville off Hwy. 41, down Twp. Rd. 600.
Fresh, chemical-free produce, can be picked or purchased from H’Evans Berries. Strawberries, raspberries, haskaps, and saskatoons are waiting to be picked during season. CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) shares are available. Take Township Road 630 for 3.5 km east of Cold Lake before taking Range Road 415 north.
On The Farm
You can get everything you need to make a local meal with fresh ingredients from Muskoka Prairie Farm. Fill your fridge and pantry with beef, pork, chicken, honey, eggs, and market garden produce (when in season). Check out the online farm store at the links below.
If you are looking for tasty, nutritious, and natural bison, we have two local producers who sell at the farmgate.
Hidden Acres Buffalo Ranch
Take a sip
Local cider from Journey North Cider Co. will cool you down on a hot summer day. The patio and outdoor fireplace adds to the already beautiful atmosphere the owners worked hard to create. Order a flight of ciders for your table and enjoy good conversation over brunch. Play shuffleboard or fooseball in the game room upstairs – feel free to inquire about renting it for your next special occasion. For the beer drinkers out there, choose from a great selection of local beer from Cold Lake Brewing & Distilling, Beaver River Brew Co., Fat Unicorn (from Lac La Biche), and Piston Broke (from Brooks). Located five minutes southwest of Bonnyville off Highway 28.
Cold Lake Brewing & Distilling Co. recently expanded to Cold Lake North. If you haven’t been yet, trust us, it’s worth it. Just one block up from the Marina, you can wind down with some food and a cold one at their new space. The building features a modern concrete design with two patios for outdoor dining – one on the roof with gorgeous views of the lake. The brewery frequently rotates 23 taps and has many other ready-to-drink beverages and cocktails on hand. If you're in a hurry, grab a growler or cans to go. Their spirits are also distilled in house, bottled by hand, and capped with an authentic hand-crafted wax seal. Beer and spirits are available in stores across Alberta – just check the map on their website.
Located in Cold Lake North at 1014-8 Ave.
Grab & go at Core Juice Co.! This local shop recently opened their new location at 4816 51 Ave. (Bay 1) just off Main Street in Bonnyville. The owner is passionate about healthy eating (and drinking) and has mastered the art of cold-pressed juice. With an ever-changing food menu, you can always try something new. Headed to the beach? Don’t go hungry… take an iced coffee made with their famous cashew cream, a salad, or some house-made hummus. Make a healthy choice on the go and order online with take-out and delivery options now available.