These are the Saskatchewan food producers I rely on most. There are many many more producers around the province that I have not yet tried - but hope to soon! The three best places to shop for Saskatchewan foods in Saskatoon are 1) the farmers’ market 2) the Saskatchewan Made Marketplace on 8th Street and 3) Co-op grocery stores.
Al Bennett – Meacham. Al was a conventional dairy farmer who decided to go au natural. Today, he raises grain-fed pastured cattle. He sells by the half or quarter, and he also has meat already cut, wrapped and frozen for quick sale. 944-4340. The meat is very lean and tasty.
Natureworks Farm – near Saskatoon. An organic grass-fed meat/egg farm run by Lori Bilanski and her family. They have lamb, pork, chickens, turkeys, beef and eggs. They sell at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, or call 283-4638. We bought a half a pig and are quite pleased with Lori’s cured hams and bacon.
Sage Hill Buffalo Ranch – Cudworth. Joe Saxinger raises and sells organic bison, fresh or frozen cuts. We buy his buffalo salami at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. He also sells buffalo soup bones with lots of meat on them. 306- 256-3232.
Emco Meats – Saskatoon. The German butcher processes meat in the European fashion: bratwurst, weisswurst, prosciutto, Hungarian paprika sausage, etc. The owner’s son, Boyan, sells some of the cured products at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. 306-652-7474. We’ve become addicted to their cured pork – it can be used as a bacon substitute without all the fat.
Karen and John Dale – Meacham. We buy free-range chickens from the Dales. They clean the chickens and deliver them frozen. If you like chicken livers, be sure to ask for them because they are sold separately from the chicken. 306-944-4241.
Co-op – The Co-op grocery stores make sausages in-house. Also look for these brands: Drake, Harvest, Mitchell’s.
Pine View Farms – Osler. Melanie and Kevin Boldt sell natural chicken, beef, pork, lamb and sausages. They have a store on the farm and a weekly farmers’ market in the summer. You can also find their chickens in Co-op grocery stores in Saskatoon. www.pineviewfarms.com. 306-239-4763.
Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds – Parkside. The Mumm family sells locally-grown sprouting seeds as well as seeds from around the world. They are the largest supplier of organic sprouting seeds in North America, a business they operate out of an old one-sheet curling rink. 747-2943. www.sprouting.com.
Grandora Gardens – Grandora. Pat and Fred Gittings grow greenhouse lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, herbs and bell peppers. By late February, they are usually selling the first greens at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. Cucumbers available at Co-op grocery stores in Saskatoon.
M & M Garlic – White Fox. Dave and Krista McBain pickle all sorts of vegetables including garlic. 306-276-2518.
Saskatoon Farmers' Market - I buy most of my vegetables here (other than what I grow myself).
Flour and grains
Daybreak Farms – Estevan. Ray and Marianne Aspinall have a mill on their farm to produce superior flours and milled grains like pearl barley and rolled oats. 306-927-2695. www.daybreakschereskymill.com.
Cerridwen Farms – Medstead. Organic lentils, split peas, flax, bran and flours through the mail. 306-342-4516.
Robin Hood Flour – A big mill in Saskatoon.
Primo Pasta – I buy this brand because the label indicates it is made of Canadian durum wheat, 80% of which is grown in Saskatchewan.
Saputo – Saskatoon. There is one dairy facility in Saskatchewan. It processes cheese, yogurt, sour cream, milk and other products under the Dairyland label. Look for the number 4015 on the package. (Every dairy plant in Canada has an identity code.) However, the cheese made in Saskatoon is packaged elsewhere and therefore has different code numbers. Cheddar and mozzarella made in Saskatoon carry the label Armstrong and Co-op. You can also find a Dairyland saskatoon berry yogurt at the Co-op.
Saskatchewan Fruit Growers Assoc. publishes a list/map of U-pick fruit farms in Saskatchewan. www.saskfruit.com.
Yoanna Orchard – Radisson. The largest apple orchard on the prairies, run by Craig and Yvette Hamilton. They also have Saskatchewan cherries and plums. U-Pick only. 306-827-2269.