March 5, 2013 Our greenhouse has been turned on. We have started planting seeds for the summer. Our first event will be our flower basket custom planting on April 5-6. Check out our special events page for all the activities throughout our season.
October 23, 2012 This is our last weekend for fall fun at the farm. Extreme Pumpkin Carving is happening this weekend. Our mazes, farm animals, wagon rides, strawberry mountain and the rest of the activities are all open for enjoyment this weekend. Remember to dress for the weather so you can enjoy yourselves. We will have warm up places and lots of warm food and drinks available. Come get your pumpkins at the farm this weekend.
September 14 7:00 Movie at the Farm. Gates open at 7:00 and movie begins at dusk. Join us and CRAZE radio station to enjoy an outdoor movie at The Jungle Farm. Admission is $1 per person which goes to Scouts. Concession will be operated by Scouts.
September 9, 2012
Our fall season has begun. We are open on Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays from 11-5 for our family fun. The highlight this year has been our Strawberry Mountain. You have to come try it to see what it is all about. Fall strawberry u-pick will begin this coming weekend. You need to plan on walking to our fall strawberry field which is about 1/2 km away. You are welcome to order your strawberries picked for you.
Pumpkin Update. We had a devastating hail in August. This hail caused lots of damage to our vegetables including the pumpkins. We will not be visiting the pumpkin patch this year because of the hail. We expect to have pumpkins for sale starting the end of September. Our pumpkin cannon will start to operate about that time as well.
August 7, 2012
We are at the very end of our summer strawberry season. It is day by day right now if we are open. We plan to pick till Thursday this week. Phone or check our facebook account for the most up-to-date information. If you missed summer strawberries, don't worry, there are excellent fall strawberries growing for the beginning of September.
July 28, 2012
We are picked out for today which is Saturday. Tomorrow is our customer apreciation day from 10 am to 5 pm we will be doing wagon rides to the vegetable fields, serving beef on a bun and our playground equipment will be available for the kids to play on. Please come out and join us to see what is happening at the farm. We will not be picking two of our fields tomorrow so they can ripen for Monday morning. We will havea good supply of ripe berries on Monday after the patch has had a chance to ripen on Sunday. We hope to see you then.
July 16, 2012
Today is our first day of strawberry picking. We expect to pick strawberries until August 11th. We have a beautiful fall strawberry crop for September.
August 1 will be the start of Raspberry Picking which usually lasts for about one month.
Pickling cucumbers will be ready starting August 5th.
June 22, 2012
SALE in our greenhouses. We need to empty out our greenhouses so we are ready for strawberry season. Come see the unique hanging baskets, tomato plants, and bedding plants. Your home will appreciate the beautiful additions that I have in my greenhouses.
Community Shared Agriculture - This is a weekly fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetable program for the summer. We still have some shares available. Check out more details on "What's New" page.
March 9, 2012
Wanting to keep up to date on what is happening at The Jungle Farm. There are three easy ways to find out the news.
1. New this year is our Blog on Wordpress.com. Search for The Jungle Farm.
2. Follow us on facebook or twitter. Search for The Jungle Farm
3. Sign up for our e-newsletter. You will also get in season coupons with our newsletter.
We look forward to seeing you this season at our farm. Come see how your food grows.
October 8, 2011 at noon.
Hey everyone -- we are having road issues! Our road from the QEII is closed until at least 1:00 pm todayand will be pretty rough even when it is opened. Your best route to get to our farm is to turn off the QEII at Innisfail to the west and then immediately turn north on Hwy 2A continue 6km and watch for the Jungle Farm sign. You will turn east on Twp rd 362 and our farm is 1km up the road. If youare coming from the North turn off to the west at the Hwy 42 (Penhold) overpass and then drive west to Penhold and turn south on Hwy 2A at the stop sign in Penhold. We are 6km south of Penhold - watch for the Jungle Farm sign and then turn left (east) on twp rd. 362 our farm is one km east on the gravel road. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you here at the farm. We are open until 5:00 pm for Hay Rides, Mazes, Farm Animals etc. We also are serving beef on a bun and harvest Bean soup in the sales barn as well we have lots of freshly made frozen pies for sale and all kinds of preserves and veggies
It is bright and sunny here a great day to get out and enjoy the farm.
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving from
September 26, 2011
We are busy preparing for our Fall Family Festival on October 1. Come out and enjoy all the regular family activities that we offer plus get your picture with Donnelly Photography, learn how to do some Highland Dance, make a scarecrow in our factory, live music and more. The weather is forecast to be nice - a little cooler than the last few days. Bring your camera and your friends and enjoy our farm.
September 12, 2011
It is early morning here at the Jungle Farm everything is quiet and I am waiting for my morning coffee to brew. It wasa good weekend of fall strawberry upicking which went very well with people getting lots of huge big berries, the pumpkin crop has really come along in the last couple of weeks of warm weather as well and we had lots of pumpkins and garden mums go to new homes. Today will be a day of cucumber picking and canola swathing. The new strawberry planting is almost finished weeding so we are hoping to get that done as well. I think the berries need one final bit of fertilizer before we let them harden off for the fall. This is a critical time for the June bearers as they are setting their flower buds now so that we can have lots of berries next spring. I am off now to return the compressor for the pumpkinator to Action Rentals. They have are a great sponsor of our Fall activities. We are now making preparations for the sauerkraut festival next weekend. If anyone is looking for pickling cukes or prepicked strawberries give us a call 403 227 4231 cukes are $2 per pound and strawberries are $19 for a 5 pound basket. I am expecting that we will be u-picking strawberries again this coming weekend. They are $2.75 per pound.
I hope your day is a good one!
We are in full swing with our hayrides, corn maze, pumpkin patch, and other fall activities here at the farm. We are also picking fall strawberries and are U-picking them this weekend. We have somepickling cukes available until they sell out and lots of squash and other fresh pickes veggies. It looks like a good chance we will get frost on Monday evening so this could be the last chance to pick a pumpkin in the field and to get photos in the pumpkin field. After we get our first frost the pumpkins all need to be picked and put into storage bins so they don't freeze.
A quick update on how to get to the farm. This weekend Highway 2A is being repaved and it is best to avoid it and the delays as well as the fresh oil.
If you are coming from Innisfail come down the C&E trail to the second intersection which is the Daines Ranch turn right and come to our place on twp rd 362, you will have to contend with a bit of construction as they are rebuilding our road as well. If you wish to avoid all the construction and know your way around our part of the world you can take the C&E to twp rd 360 cross 2A and follow it, it will turn into RR 281 and then you can turn left on twp rd 362 and come .5 miles to our lane.
For Red Deer and Calgary visitors I would advise you to take highway #2 and turn at our signs 14 km south or Red Deer or 6 km north of Innisfail. The turn is at the bottom of Antler Hill on the North Side.
August 19, 2011
Raspberries are in full swing. The raspberries are very plentiful right now.
Pickling cucumbers are in season right now. We pick Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Email in your order. Cucumbers only last until the first frost so do not delay your pickle making.
Summer strawberries are finished but we are looking forward to a super fall strawberry crop. Again email in your order so when we start picking at the beginning of September you can be one of the first people to get them. Fall strawberries are a nice size and very sweet.
Fall family pumpkin season starts on August 27th. Check out the pumpkin page for more details.
August 12, 2011
We are our last two days of summer strawberry picking. We are open today and tomorrow from 8 am - 8 pm. The strawberries are taking about 20 minutes to pick a pail. There are still lots of nice berries so don't miss this chance to enjoy them.
Raspberries are very plentiful and will be available for picking for another 2 weeks.
Place your order for pickling cucumbers by email. I need to know the number of pounds and the day you would like them.
August 8, 2011
Wow who thought it would be this hard to sit down at night after a days work and update this crop report? We apologize for not being more diligent about our updates.
We are into our last week of picking on our June bearers. This does not mean that the picking is not good, in fact it is quite good. The west field had a lot of late bloom on it and those flowers are making nice late berries. A big part of the reason that we are closing the patch this weekend is that the plants need a chance to rejuvenate so that they are good and strong for the winter. The other reason is that once the days get a bit shorter and cooler the plants will be setting their fruit buds for next spring and once again we want the plants to be as strong as possible so that they set lots of fruit. On a season like this one where the crop is late we have to shut the patch down before the berries are completely finished so that we can get our renovating done.
The reason I am telling you all of this is to let you know that the picking is still good and the weather looks good too - So we hope you are able to come out to the farm to pick these wonderful summer berries so that you can have tasty jam and frozen berries all winter.
Pickling Cukes are just recovering from the hail storm we had 3 weeks ago and should be in much better supply in a few days. We picked over 200 lbs today and got some people off of our list and we hope to pick again Wednesday or Thursday so we will be calling the next people on our list then.
Artichokes are just starting and we are now shipping celery to the markets.
Take care and we hope to see you soon!
July 28, 2011
It is a great sunny day and the strawberry picking is awesome. We are way behind in the patch due to the rainy weather we have been getting so if you want to get berries the picking is not going to get any better this season. Thisis the heaviest berry crop that we have had for several years and maybe the heaviest crop thatwe have ever had. We are anticipating at least another week of picking so please come and pick as soon as you can. The sunny days are few and far between so come and get your berries as soon as you can.
July 23, 2011 STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL today. The sun is shining. The festival activities are from 10-3 today but we will be picking from 8-8 as usual. Live music, wagon rides, face painting, jam making demonstrations and lots of yummy strawberry food, you do not want to miss this day. There are beautiful, sweet berries to be picked. You can expect to take about 15-20 minutes to fill your pail.
July 19, 2011 Day two of strawberry picking. We have beautiful berries to pick. The storms have been going around us (knock on wood). Today is a little cooler and a great day to pick strawberries at the farm. See you soon.
July 13, 2011 It is a misty day. We will again be picking strawberries to fill some ready pick orders. Contact us to get your name on our list. The strawberries have a very plentiful crop on them this year. We are hoping the weather cooperates so you can enjoy picking them. We open Monday July 18th.
You are invited to our Garden Tours, this Saturday, July 16th. The wagon will leave from our sales centers to the gardens at the top of each hour. We love to share our gardening knowledge and learn tips from you. I am sure there will be strawberries to taste that day for all who come. Blaine will be smoking up some beef so you can enjoy a Beef Bun for lunch.