Author Archives: Kye Kocher

Plastic: A two-faced tale

  Plastic sucks, it’s no joke. Anyone who has seen images of the 2 gigantic plastic islands choking our Oceans knows that plastic truly needs to get gone. At YYC Growers, we repeatedly have customers ask for a plastic free share option. And we certainly do wish to find a solution, but thus far, we’ve been… Read More »

COHB Recipe – Carrot Cake Chia Pudding

From the Cooking ‘Outside’ the Harvest Box video – Chia Seed Pudding Chia Seeds – 1/4C Nut Mylk – 1C Maple Syrup – 1tsp Cinnamon – 1/2tsp Vanilla – 1tsp Method: Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, shake to mix the pudding together. Shake occasionally to break up the chia seeds, store in the… Read More »

Why we want YOU to grow your own garden!

It might seem odd for a group of farmers to be encouraging Calgarians to grow more of their own food. After all, YYC Growers’ mainstay of business is the Harvest Box program; our customers buy product all grown and produced by our 19 member farms. But this season, YYC Growers is expanding its operations to… Read More »

Farmer Friday: The farm behind YYC Growers’ operations

Grand Trunk Veggies is farmed by Kye Kocher and Laura-Leigh McKenzie. The farm is 5 years old, and is an urban farm based out of the West Hillhurst neighbourhood that formerly went by the name Grand Trunk. The farm focuses on salad greens, and even has dishes named after it at restaurant Last Best, a… Read More »

Farmer Fridays: The Rodfather goes all in this off-season!

Its true, I am a singer. I did a lot of singing and touring in college and – minus a 10 year hiatus – it remains something that I realize just has to be part of my life. It keeps me sane and connected to the arts community. I sing with Luminous Voices, Calgary’s only professional choir. Come and… Read More »

Farmer Fridays: Gina Brown and her Sweet Market Garden

In the off-season, I try to stay around, working with local food and local businesses. Right now, I’m working at Crossroads Farmer’s market. I was lucky enough this winter to go on a trip to Mexico for one of my friends’s 30th birthday. I tried loads of new foods and returned home with an impassioned need… Read More »

5 Reasons YYC Growers Loves Beets & You Should Too!

We’ve really been crazy about beets lately. We just can’t help it. They’re earth’s candy. Sweeter and richer than… wait! I’m getting ahead of myself – we love beats, it’s obvious by now. So here is the YYC Growers’ Valentine Day inspired ode to beets. Beets, Beta Vulgaris, YYC Growers loves you, and here’s why:… Read More »

The Sweetest Mess – Kristen Kaethler

“Buh! Bah!” YYC Growers introduces to you, Kristen Kaethler, creator of delicious and inspirational blog, My Sweet Mess. Kristen is not a new farmer, but she does have a love for all things food. After 15 years in the hospitality industry, she operated a boutique catering company for seven years.  There she found her appetite… Read More »

Food for the Heart

Did you know that February is heart month in Canada? For me, heart month has never been significant, yet surprisingly, I am one of 2.4 million Canadians who suffers from heart disease. I was born with a congenital heart condition known as Transposition of the Great Arteries, I have undergone over five open heart surgeries… Read More »