The researchers linked the projected decline in meat prices to reduced demand, as a significant portion of Canadians look to lower their meat consumption while switching to plant-based protein alternatives. | Screencap via cdn.dal.ca

More Canadians turning to plant-based proteins: report

Canadians are showing more and more interest in reducing meat consumption, while increasing their purchases of plant-based proteins, according to data compiled in the latest Food Price Report from the University of Guelph and Dalhousie University. Overall, the report predicted a 1.5 to 3.5 percent increase in the average Canadian food bill in 2019. At […] Read more

A kale salad mix is the subject of a food recall due to potential contamination with listeria. | CFIA photo

Salad mixes recalled

A kale salad mix is the subject of a food recall due to potential contamination with listeria. The Eat Smart brand of Salad Shake Ups- Sweet Kale, in the 156 gram package, was distributed nationally and is being recalled. Affected packages have best before dates of Dec. 3. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Dec. […] Read more



A widespread power outage has left many Saskatchewan residents in the dark. | Screencap via saskpower.com

Power goes out in large parts of Sask.

A widespread power outage has left many Saskatchewan residents in the dark. “Power units at Boundary Dam, Shand and Poplar River Power Stations tripped off and we lost generation. We are bringing those units back on line as quickly and safely as possible,” the provincial utility said in a blog post on its website. The […] Read more

This year's National Outstanding Young Farmers from left are the McKay brothers: Alex and Jordan, of Willow Tree Farms in Port Perry, Ontario; and Jinel and Craig Ference of Double F Farms at Kirriemuir, Alberta.  |  Outstanding Young Farmers photo

Alta., Ont. producers named Outstanding Young Farmers

This year’s national winners for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer Program are Craig and Jinel Ference of Double F Farms in Kirriemuir, Alta., and brothers, Jordan and Alex McKay of Willow Tree Farms in Port Perry, Ont. Seven regional farmers between 18 and 39 years of age competed at the 38th annual competition, which recognizes producers […] Read more


Cases of rural property crime have decreased in Alberta since the province partnered with the RCMP to establish new units to tackle the issue. | File photo

Rural crime rate drops in Alberta

Cases of rural property crime have decreased in Alberta since the province partnered with the RCMP to establish new units to tackle the issue. Following her speech to rural representatives at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta fall convention, Justice Minister and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley said property crime across rural Alberta has dropped by 11 […] Read more

Nadia Yakielashek’s delicious apple slice recipe eats like a slice but tastes like apple pie. It was drawn from all the entries we received for our family favourites recipe contest. Nadia will receive a hamper of donated Saskatchewan-made products. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

It’s easy to see why these are family favourites

Thank you to all of our readers who shared their favourite family recipes. We received many wonderful recipes, family stories and food memories. From all of the recipes, Nadia Yakielashek’s apple slice was drawn to receive our Saskatchewan-made products hamper. Yakielashek is from Dauphin, Man. Nadia’s apple slice Tastes just like apple pie, so delicious. […] Read more

The mill sits on a high hill and can be seen for miles. | Maria Johnson photo

Grist for the mill

This grist mill, located on Mike and Dawn Williams’ Mill Tower Ranch east of Ponoka, Alta., is estimated to have been built between 1910 and 1920 by Ole Craft. The mill, which held a big windmill on top, was used to grind grain into flour, porridge and animal feed as well as saw wood, pump water and generate electricity stored in glass batteries for Craft’s nearby home. Craft was born in Norway and moved to Alberta in 1898 after farming in Minnesota and North Dakota. | Maria Johnson photos


This grist mill, located on Mike and Dawn Williams’ Mill Tower Ranch east of Ponoka, Alta., is estimated to have been built between 1910 and 1920 by Ole Craft. The mill, which held a big windmill on top, was used to grind grain into flour, porridge and animal feed as well as saw wood, pump […] Read more


Mary Jean and Jack Mulder visit their seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion, Rebel Laico Doc Bar, with two of their grandchildren, Eli, 1, and Annalee, 2. The weathered building behind is the remains of a house that Jack’s grandparents lived in for about a year in the mid-1960s while their new home was being built elsewhere on the property.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Adversity turns focus onto important things

On the Farm: A serious accident and loss of a job encouraged couple to pursue what they love — horses and music

LACOMBE, Alta. — People sometimes take circuitous routes to where they want to be in life. At times, they incur bumps along the road. It’s been that type of journey for Jack and Mary Jean Mulder. The couple own Hawks’ View Ranch on a quarter-section that Jack’s father and grandfather farmed. Jack and Mary Jean […] Read more

Jill Koop has gathered and created a wealth of rural western Canadian images, despite living in a big city.  |  Ed White photo

Beauty of the Prairies shared with others on Instagram

Do you think the Prairies are beautiful, bold, filled with drama and almost allegorical in their starkness? Are you disappointed in the way non-prairie people, and prairie urbanites, often describe the western plains as dull, boring, something to be gotten through on the way to somewhere else? If so, you should check out the Instagram […] Read more