The local Lloydminster Rotary club has a long standing history of once a year holding a meeting out in the rural community. The aim is to provide Rotarians the opportunity to connect with some of their rural counterparts. For this year’s event the Club was hosted by John and Robin Acton of Lower Shannon Farms, northeast of Lloydminster. The new food producing enterprise is an addition to an existing mixed farm. It is named for John’s family farm back in Ireland.
In addition to the greenhouse vegetables, Actons also have an expansive outdoor garden. They also produce natural beef, pork, chickens and eggs. The greenhouse retail outlet will soon be open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. A Grand Opening is planned for June 28 at 2 p.m.
The locavore event was held adjacent to the greenhouse where a multitude of vegetables are growing; tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, eggplant and micro-greens. These were turned into a delicious meal by Amanda and the chefs from The Root emporium along with beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, bread and a vanilla compote with rhubarb dessert.
Guests were entertained with music from Justin Taylor and learned more about local food from us, KT & Company. They also had the opportunity to tour the greenhouse while visiting with fellow Rotarians.
“You have a doctor, you have a lawyer, you have an accountant, you have a dentist, but do you have a farmer?”