Just Picked - Good Food Starts in the Garden

Join us on a virtual tour of what is growing
in the Culinary Garden at River Café

“Farm to table” has always been a cornerstone of the culinary philosophy at River Café. We have spent years building relationships with the many wonderful Alberta farmers and producers who send us an amazing array of delicious ingredients year-round that make up our seasonal menus at the restaurant.  A natural progression of this appreciation for what grows close to home was a desire to start to grow our own food.

Our foray into having our own culinary garden started in 1998, when we partnered up with Highwood Crossing Farm with our Kitchen Garden Apprentice program. Chefs from River Café divided their time between the kitchen and the farm, seeding and tending to an array of crops that would find their way onto the menu and plates in the restaurant through the summer months.

This program eventually evolved into the creation of an edible container garden on site at River Café, beginning in 2006 with some oak barrels and pots planted with pansies, begonia, natsturtium and herbs. We have expanded our edible garden every year since. The more we grow, the more we learn, the more we want to grow! In our raised beds and in the beds surrounding the restaurant this year, we have planted many different varieties of vegetables, berries and salad leaves in addition to edible flowers and herbs. See the complete list below.

Our garden is completely organic and is designed to conserve water through the incorporation of wicking beds which are water fed from the base up. Plants are tended and harvested by the staff of the restaurant, who use it as an opportunity to learn and share the excitement and satisfaction of our annual crop with our guests. This year’s garden apprentice is Catherine Dowdell. She can be found at both River Café and Boxwood, nurturing our precious sprouts into the thriving ingredients that will make the short trip from Garden to your Plate this summer.

Come for lunch, dinner or brunch, and have a stroll around the grounds to see what is growing. If you see Catherine around the Boxwood or River Café, say hello and get the tour. We love to show off our bounty.

If you have a question for Catherine why not send her a note through our Facebook Page, or on Twitter? Hope to see you on one of our patios soon!






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Pansies, Violas, Begonias, Marigolds, Dianthus, Nasturtiums, Bachelor Buttons, Chrysthanthemum, Purslane, Verbena, Lemon Geranium, Chocolate Mint, English Mint, French Tarragon, Anise Hyssop, Sorrel, Chives, Garlic Chives, Lovage, Borage, Basil, Rhubarb, Horseradish, Spinach, Radish, Kale, Cucumber, Squash, Tomato


Saskatoon, Honey Berry, Gooseberry, Rosehip, Nanking Cherry, Red, Black & White Currants, Sour Cherry Bush