Good bakeries seem to be sprouting up all over town -- as they should. We are on the prairies, known for our fields of grain. Breadland Organic Whole Grain Bakery in Oliver Square is a hidden gem. The bakery was started by husband and wife, Csaba and Agnes Nemeth, both European master bakers who came to Canada from Hungary in 2004. They opened Breadland Organic Whole Grain Bakery in mid-May of 2007.These two bakers have over 30 years of European experience between them and they are the co-creators of the Royal Hungarian Baking Guild, a group that thrives to bake traditional European breads using traditional centuries-old methods. Breadland is a fully organic, because Csaba and Agnes believe in the values of organic farming as well as promoting an environmentally and economically sustainable lifestyle. And they have a wonderful vision of improving the lives of our customers with products and education that support health and well-being.

Breadland Organic Whole Grain Bakery produces over 70 different products made from five different grains: spelt, kamut, rye, brown rice, and unbleached white flour. They work with four different sour dough starters — spelt, rye, brown rice (for the gluten-free products) and unbleached white.Baking starts at 4 am 6 days a week to create beautiful breads, buns, sweet and savoury pastries. They also have a few seats at the bakery, so can have a light bite, such as soup and sandwich.The bakery is located in Oliver Square (west side) at 11642 – 104 Avenue. Breads are also available at Planet Organic and Earth’s General Store.

It may be the prairies, well-known for its fields of grain and grazing cattle. But did you know we do first rate smoked salmon hre as well? The recipe I've created uses gorgeous smoked salmon from Sgambaro’s Signature Foods. This Edmonton business specializes in producing fresh, never frozen, smoked salmon. It’s owned and operated by Roberto Sgambaro, a professional chef. In1 995, the concept of Sgambaro’s was born under the name Experience Gastronomique. In 2004, Roberto captured the Grand Prize in the Edmonton Region Venture Prize competition. This gave Roberto the opportunity to expand his business operations. His company produces Atlantic cold smoked salmon (also known as lox), gravlax (cured), salmon sausage, salmon pate, salmon jerky and a mustard sauce. Products are avaialble at the Italian Centre and Italian Bakery, Bon Ton bakery, the Grapevine Deli n St. Albert, Paddy’s, selected Sobeys and at Sunterra.

Did you know that even in the cold of winter, Alberta's local producers are growing greens and herbs in greenhouses. The next time you reach for a package of herbs, why not source out some local ones?

One of my favourite producers is West Country Herbs and Morinville Greenhouses. This business is about 5 miles north of Morinville. It was stated in 1974 by Alissa and Jim Marles. Son Greg Marles and Susan Chinn are also involved in operations. They began by growing and selling bedding plants and in 2002 added fresh greens and herbs to their repertoire.

In the summer you can get bedding plants, container gardens and potted herbs. In the winter months greens such as arugula are available and throughout the year they sell fresh herbs including Italian parsley, cilantro and my favourite, basil. They are also looking into growing micro greens, which has become a hot trend among chefs.

West Country Herbs and Greenhouses have a booth at the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market, sell at the Italian Centre and also sell on line through the Good Food Box, a local food distribution company.