In recent years, Canadians have been gradually waking up to what a great food scene Saskatoon has to offer, yet it still remains something of a hidden gem for most. Well, it’s looking like another culinary gem will be to added to Saskatoon’s ever-expanding culinary roster by way of Arlie Laroche and her farm, Farm One Forty. Laroche and her team are unsung heroes of the Saskatoon food scene, supplying to concepts like Ayden Kitchen and Bar, Sticks and Stones and Little Grouse as well as truly locally-minded places like Hearth, The Hollows and its sister restaurant, Primal, among others, with livestock from its 140 acre holistic farm.
Recently, Arlie announced exciting news about the future of Farm One Forty, which includes an expansion into the city as the company is currently in the process of opening its first restaurant, Odla--which means “to farm” or “to cultivate” in Swedish --in the former Nino’s Restaurant space in the heart of the Broadway neighbourhood.
We've got heritage chickens back in stock for a limited time. These guys don't last long and with only one batch per year you've got to act fast. This is a select line of birds better suited to the hardy, natural, pasture-roaming poultry lifestyle we offer here. While these “grazing” birds take a bit longer to grow, they’ll run toward natural chicken forage of plants and bugs, yielding more flavorful, nutrient-dense meat that simply does not compare with the store-bought alternatives. Expect more dark meat, slightly more thigh and smaller breast. You’ll discover what “tastes like chicken” really means! http://www.farmoneforty.ca/product/chicken/
“Well, winter is usually a time when us farmers welcome a much needed slow down of pace, but this winter for me has been anything but that!” Arlie said. “I'm super excited to share the news with you that we are partnering with two super talented people to open a restaurant and food market in Saskatoon this spring!”
Joining forces with Arlie as head chef is Rural Catering a owner, Scott Dicks. Additionally, former general manager and sommelier of The Hollows and Primal, Lacey Sellinger, will be taking on her usual roles at the new restaurant and food market.
Odla is expected to be up and running this April and are encouraging people to follow them on Instagram for further updates.