|The Moser's Dinner Bus|
When we moved to Edmonton, Kay came up ahead. I remember a conversation with him, in which he told me that the first thing I would notice about the prairies was the big sky. I honestly couldn't understand what he meant by that until I stood under the said big sky one summer afternoon... all the way out in the Albertan prairies.
|Jack and Sharon Moser, Canola Farmers|
When the Alberta Canola Producers asked me if I wanted to head out into Killam, meet the Moser family and learn about canola, I knew that it would certainly be an interesting day for this city slicker. I didn't grow up on a farm - an Indian tropical orchard is very different from a Canadian prairie farm - so it was going to be a learning experience.
|Non-city-slicker Twyla Campbell, Edmonton's favourite foodie.|
And of course, it helped to give Sharon Moser a break, and enjoy herself with us, as a change from being the chef all the time.
|Chef Blair Lebsack, RGE RD.|
Jack and Sharon work on the principle of the family meal. Having raised their children on the farm, they now enjoy spending time with their family and grandchildren, who, unsurprisingly, love the bus. But what struck me most, was their insistence on providing their workers with a home cooked meal at the end of a long day. Hence the bus, which is equipped with all the comforts of a home kitchen, including a sink where the workers can clean off.
Canola farming is intensive, and a lot depends on the weather. We were there right at harvest season, and it was interesting to hear all about the farm cycle, and how much it depended on forces outside of their control. It instilled in me a new appreciation for farmers and their work in ensuring that the land is looked after.