30 years ago Paul and Karen Hamer planted Saskatoon Berry seedlings on a piece of property at the convergence of the Sheep and Highwood River, just outside of Okotoks. With horticulture backgrounds and a dream to live on the countryside working from home, they continued planting trees, shrubs, plants and seeds across the property. In time, the Farm has continued to expand from it's organic roots to what you see now. Today on the farm you can find greenhouses full of plants, a gift shop full of treasures, a 100-seat restaurant with a covered outdoor patio, a seasonal farmer's market full of local & organic food, an annual U-pick for Saskatoon Berries and Sour Cherries and so much more.
Saturday mornings at the farmer's market are a tradition for a lot of Calgarians. Aside from the fact that you can usually snag some delicious baked goods while you're browsing, there's all the fresh produce, locally raised meat and poultry. The indoor market is open year-round, but during the summer months you can wander outside and see the outdoor market, too. There are over 150 vendors selling antiques and crafts, in addition to the vendors selling produce and food items.
This bustling year-round market offers an impressive array of local fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and more. The underlying philosophy of the market, which is still in use today, is, “We Make it! We Bake it! We Grow it! We Sell it!” Now in its 30th year of operation, the market rotates a roster of nearly 300 vendors through 185 stalls. On any given Saturday there are over 130 vendors selling only locally produced and handmade products.
Celebrate harvest and the fall season by taking wagon ride to the 'Back Forty' to visit the 8 acre corn maze, visit the farm animals, watch the pumpkin cannon shows, journey through the gnome walk, ride a pedal cart, and much more. This festival offers extra family fun with live music, tasty treats, and pumpkin picking!
Head out to The Jungle Farm for the opening of the 8 acre corn maze, 'Back Forty' play area and family memory making. Make sure to bring your camera so you can capture all the fun on the 60 ft strawberry mountain slides, wagon rides, farm animals, straw play area, cowboy corral, gnome walk, pedal carts and more. While you are out visiting the farm, make sure to pick up your pumpkin. Fall season hours are Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Mondays through till the end of October 10-6.
Join The Jungle Farm at the Innisfail Growers booth for a hands on workshop to learn how to make your own jam. They start with The Jungle Farm fresh strawberries. Then they do their magic and turn the strawberries into jam. You will take home the recipe and knowledge of how to make tasty jam at home. You will also have a jar of jam to take home and share with your family