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Our food has a story…what’s yours?

By Rachel Kraynick, Agriculture Program Specialist

October 2018

Rachel Kraynick
Favourite Foods:
Quinoa Pudding

Why is this your favourite? 

Quinoa pudding can be eaten for breakfast or as a dessert.  Cook your quinoa in coconut milk, add some coconut and dried fruit (i.e. cranberries/apricots) and voila! Perfection!  Filling, tasty and definitely hits the spot!

Did you know…Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is not a true cereal, rather it’s a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium) related to spinach and beets. It is gluten free and produces masses of seeds that can be harvested very much like a grain and is processed like grains. Processors can mill, flake and puff quinoa just as they would any other grain.

We all eat, yet how many of us think about where our food actually comes from, what is in it, and who produces it?  It all begins on the farm and ends with the incredible food choices we enjoy in Saskatchewan and around the world, with so many good people and stories in the middle.

October has been proclaimed Agriculture Month. It is a time when we celebrate all those people in the value chain who work hard to produce safe, affordable and healthy food.   This year the theme of agriculture month is “Our Food Has a Story.” The goal is to encourage conversations about the food produced on Saskatchewan farms and ranches and to hear from the people who love to eat it.   Each week in October has a different sub-theme including the “Faces of Farming,” “Food Stories,” “Favourite Foods,” “Farm Stories” and finally “Our Food has a History.”  This week we get to talk about our favourite foods. 

We’ve reached out to some familiar faces from right here in Yorkton and asked them to join in the conversation.  They talked about the foods they most enjoy and took a moment to appreciate the agriculture sector that produced them.  I encourage you to take part in this conversation through social media and help engage friends, family and coworkers in these conversations.   

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Faces of Food and Farming: #AgMonth18 is about celebrating the people who contribute to Saskatchewan’s food and farming industries every day. Share a photo of the faces of food and farming in your life using #OurFoodHasAStory.

Favourite Saskatchewan Foods: Let’s celebrate our favourite home-grown foods produced right here in Saskatchewan! Tell us your favourite #SaskAg foods and what crops they come from using #OurFoodHasAStory.

Tell Us Your Farm and Food Stories: Tag your favourite restaurant, farm or food product made in Saskatchewan to show them your appreciation! Don't forget to use #OurFoodHasAStory!

Our Food Has a History: Agriculture has a long history in Saskatchewan. How has agriculture been a part of your family’s history or your personal food journey? #AgMonth18 #OurFoodHasAStory

Let’s keep the conversation going and remember that all great food is grown at the farm!!

Lloyd Gerard, Sergeant, Yorkton City Police

Lloyd Gerard
Favourite Food:

Why is this your Favourite?

I love BBQ season and I use my grill year round.  I love marinating my own steaks and use a variety of spices from the cupboard.  Grilling them until they are medium-rare is the best!

Did you know that…. More than one billion dollars in cattle sales occur every year in Saskatchewan. The industry includes not only cattle operators but also its direct employees and a large service sector. We are the second-largest beef-producing province (after Alberta) and approximately 14,000 producers raise beef cattle in Saskatchewan.

Edgar Moralde, Head Chef, Painted Hand Casino

Edgar Moralde
Favourite Food: 
Pork “Adobo” also 
known as marinated pork

Why is this your favourite?

Pork adobo is a very common dish in the Philippines and definitely one of my favourites.  It is pork that is cooked in soy sauce, vinegar and garlic. Pork is such a versatile meat and could be used in a variety of dishes.  In my opinion, it is one of the tastiest meats available. 

Did you know that…hog production is the third most significant agricultural sector in Saskatchewan behind the grains and oilseeds sector, and beef production? Hog production generates significant community spinoffs in feed manufacturing, processing, trucking, and construction/maintenance.

Bob Maloney, Mayor, City of Yorkton

Bob Maloney
Favourite Food:
Fresh Oven Baked Bread

Why is this your favourite?

My mom used to bake loaves of bread each week and nothing beats the smell of fresh baked bread in the kitchen!  I would eat each slice with butter or jam and it was delicious!  I also love the German “Kuchen” bread which is a loaf with apples, cinnamon and brown sugar on top or even a poppy seed topping.

Did you know that… Saskatchewan is known as the bread basket of the world!  Saskatchewan produces over 54 per cent of the wheat grown in Canada. Canada’s hard red spring wheat is highly regarded for its superior milling and baking quality

Terry Tyson, General Manager, Grain Millers Canada

Terry Tyson
Favourite Food:
Fresh “spuds”

Why is this your favourite?

Digging fresh, young potatoes out of the garden and boiling them served with butter and dill is my favourite. My mom had large garden growing up and I remember helping her hill potatoes…rows upon rows.

Did you know that…the Saskatchewan Vegetable Industry consists of about 5,000 acres of mixed vegetables and table potatoes? In North America, people eat more potatoes than any other vegetable. Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are a relatively low-calorie food—one small baked potato with skin (138 g) contains just 128 calories. A potato has more potassium than a banana, more Vitamin C than an orange and more fibre than an apple.

Deb Cook, Century 21 Realtor

Deb Cook
Favourite Soup:
Lentil Soup

Why is this your favourite? 

A friend of mine introduced me to a great lentil soup recipe and ever since then, it has been my favourite food.  It has great spices, takes the chill out of the cool fall days and is my “go to” comfort food.

Did you know that…. lentils are a pulse crop?  The pulse crop category includes lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans and fababeans.  In 2016, Saskatchewan grew 99 per cent of Canada’s chickpeas, 84 per cent of Canada’s lentils and 49 per cent of Canadas dried peas.  Source: Great Canadian Pulse Off

Mat Hehr,  Head Coach, Yorkton Terriers

Mat Hehr
Favourite Food:

Why is this your favourite? 

Potatoes make the perfect side to any meal and I eat them all the time. I love them scalloped, stuffed, boiled, mashed, fried and baked. 

Did you know…a potato is about 80 per cent water and 20 per cent solid. Potatoes are the top vegetable crop grown in Canada and are the world’s fourth food staple – after wheat, corn and rice.

Kacey Fyck, Student, Yorkton Regional High School

Kacey Fyck
Favourite Food:

Why is this your favourite? 

It tastes good, its easily accessible, fairly inexpensive and it’s easy to share with my friends.

Did you know…that six years ago the Ministry of Agriculture started a Pizza Farm in Yorkton to educate grade three and four students about where their food originates, focusing on the different sectors in agriculture?  Since then, 11 food farms have popped up across Saskatchewan that have model themselves after the Yorkton’s Pizza Farm concept. Source: Ag in the Classroom

For more information on ag month and how to get involved, visit Our Food Has a Story.

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