A ‘tell us your story’ feature from the Canadian Prairies.
From small-scale farmers and city gardeners, to beekeepers and chocolatiers, to ranchers and winemakers, Saskatoon-based writer and agriculture consultant Jenn Sharp is passionate about championing local food producers.
We recently caught up with Jenn as part of our ‘tell us your story' initiative. Celebrating local produce and the people who make it, her book, Flat Out Delicious: Your Guide to Saskatchewan’s Food Artisans - and her story - is a feast of inspiration and information for travellers and foodies alike. What’s more, she’s seen the demand for local food producers soar during the pandemic. Over to Jenn.
In summer and fall 2020, more of us than ever before (myself included) got out of the cities to discover all that our beautiful province has to offer. Saskatchewan is also bursting with incredible food artisans, like small-scale regenerative farmers growing ancient heritage grains that local bakers buy for their sourdough bread. Our main cities have excellent independent restaurants run by chefs devoted to seasonal, delicious food, while rural, hidden gems are scattered throughout the province, making a foodie road trip easy to execute!
The pandemic's biggest silver lining is that it has taught us how to slow down and examine what's important in our lives, for our health and for our regional economies. Supporting a local food system checks off all the boxes!