us home with you!
The Tall Grass vision for whole food and support for
organic and local farmers extends to our kitchen at The
Forks. Everything at Grass Roots Prairie Kitchen shares
the same high standards you've come to expect from Tall
Ciao! names Grass Roots -
Good Food Retailer of the Year
Check out the August/September edition of Ciao! magazine,
Winnipeg's premier publication for all
things related to food, fashion and home.
Owners Tabitha Langel, Loic Perrot, Paul
Lyle and Kathy Barkman
On page 12, you'll see it! The announcement that Ciao!
magazine has chosen Grass Roots Prairie Kitchen,
sister to Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company, as the 2015
Good Food Mantioba, Retailer of the Year.
In the article announcing the award, Ciao! notes,
"Grass Root's Prairie Kitchen's bake-at-home meals
and party-saving appetizers keep customers' freezers
well stocked, while packed shelves of preserves
(pickles, veggies, salsas, jams) make browsing the
selection feel like the no-holds-barred raid on
grandma's panrty. Perhaps most impressive are the
bottles of organic Manitoba sunflower oil which is
cold-pressed on-site, eliminating the environmental
and financial toll of hauling by truck.
"From flour freshly ground from Manitoba wheat to
mason jars of local fruits, the lost arts of
preserving and baking from scratch are practiced here.
'We've always believed in the goodness of simple
food,' says Tabitha Langel."
Rooted in a love of prairie history and the land
Grass Roots is situated at The Forks Market, where the
ancient trading routes come together, where the soil, the
wind and the water echo with history and tradition.
In our kitchen food traditions meet: First Nations
influences, Métis streams, French Canadian tastes, early
European immigrant contributions, Hutterite
ideas. The prairie land is home to all these wonderful
cultures and offers them as gifts to us.
At Grass Roots we want to bring you the gifts of the
prairies. The land is not quiet. The land speaks and
sings, and we want you to hear its wonderful voice.
Whatever the prairies offer we try to work with. Take our
- a unique little berry that delights us in so many ways
from jams, to pie, to vinaigrettes and sauces. Or rhubarb,
a resilient, and nearly indestructible plant, is one of
our favourites. The heart warming sight of 2000 pounds of
yellow pumpkin awaits us every year. How many dishes can
we come up with?
meat is used in many forms at Grass Roots -
this lean and healthy meat tastes wonderful - Bison Chili,
Bison Burgers with Kalyna (Cranberry) Glaze, and Bison
Shepherds' Pie are just some of the delights we prepare.
Here again we listen to the echo of our prairie history.
What we make
Manitoba Sunflower Oil
very excited at Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company and
Grass Roots Prairie Kitchen to offer our very own 100%
fresh cold-pressed organic Manitoba sunflower oil. We
use this delicious and healthy oil exclusively in our
cooking and baking. This oil is also available at all
our locations in 500 ml bottles for you to enjoy at
we opened nearly 20 years ago, our vision has been to
use fresh, organic ingredients. We have always milled
our own organic whole grain flours and are now pleased
to offer our own fresh-pressed organic sunflower
Our sunflower oil is OPAM (CAN) certified, as 100%
organic, and is made fresh on-site through our cold-press
at Grass Roots Prairie Kitchen in the Forks Market. The
press, pictured here, can be observed right in front of
our shop. Recent changes include a fabulous new hopper
system which eases delivery and removes the bagging and
stacking of seeds. Also, a second 'head' on the press
allows for increased oil pressing capacity.
start with 100% organically grown Manitoba sunflower
seeds. The seeds are a special oil-rich variety, grown
for us by the DeRuyck
family in Swan Lake, MB. We cold press them here
at Grass Roots Prairie
Kitchen in The Forks.
Cold pressing allows us to pass on to you pure oil in
all its natural glory. The enzymes, flavours and
benefits all remain intact. Fifty pounds of sunflower
seeds in the shell produces 16 litres of sunflower oil
over the course of approximately 5 hours of pressing.
After pressing, the oil rests for 4 to 5 days in the
refrigerator before being bottled, ready for you to take
home and enjoy. Our bottles contain 500 ml of glorious
flavour. Keep it in the fridge for optimal freshness.
Watching our oil press in action at Grass
Roots Prairie Kitchen is an amazing example of
small scale technology working with local agriculture,
positively impacting the quality of taste and health.
Sunflower oil may be used for:
• salad dressing
• light sauteing
• drizzling over pasta, potatoes and popcorn (instead of
butter or margarine)
Our sunflower oil is rich in:
• Vitamins E, B1 (thiamin) and B5 (pantothenic)
• manganese, magnesium, copper, tryptophan, selenium,
phosphorus, and folate
• certified organic by OPAM (CAN).
• sunflower oil stays fresh in your fridge for 5 to 7
• the by-product ‘seed cake’ is returned to the farm,
and greatly enjoyed by Manitoba's first organic dairy
herd (the dairy herd at Black
Family Farm was certified organic in 2007)
• the chickens like it too!
• sunflower oil is readily absorbed through the skin,
softening and conditioning it.
it at home
Available at our Forks Market
and Wolseley locations as well as a few other
convenient locaitons in the city where you buy orgnic
of us live busy lives but would like to to take a meal
home for heating up that is equal to one which is
geniunely home made. At Grass Roots Prairie Kitchen, our
cooks are busy every day preparing such meals, just for
you. In addition to our exciting recipies, we place a lot
of importance on selecting locally sourced ingredients
Many of our meals connect you to the prairie. For
hundreds of years, if not more, the ideally adapted great
plains bison was a key to the well-being of many
generations. Today, this same lean and nutritious meat is
available to you in exciting meals through our varied
recipes. We are proud to provide you with this healthful
connection to the natural prairie diet through the
stewardship of Manitoba
Come in and select take-away-ready meals and complement
them with our wonderful appetizers,
salads and (oh!) pie.
We're a creative kitchen so keeping a complete list of
what's available at Grass Roots Prairie Kitchen is near
impossible. You'll be assured of tasty seasonal surprises
from the bounties of our gardens and the hearts of our
cooks. Stop by and watch us at work!
- Bison & Vegan Burger Patties - Ready,
delicious and organic.
- Bison & Vegan Chili - This couple are well
established favorites, enjoy!
- Bison & Vegetarian Lasagna - This is what
happens when a prairie gardener comes to cook in our
kitchen. Warm and amazing.
- Bison Shepherd’s Pie - Traditional shepherd’s
pie made with humanely raised organic bison, an
assortment of vegetables and topped with mashed
- Chicken Pot Pie - Made with humanely raised
local organic chicken and topped with a wild rice
- Lentil Loaf - A warm and hearty mix of
lentils, mushrooms and cheese.
- Pork Stroganoff - Local organically raised
pork (raised by the same farm family that grows our
wheat) elegantly served on a bed of locally made
- Potato and Chickpea Stew - A hearty favorite,
this vegan stew has a hint date for sweetness.
- Prairie Bake - Watch for these savory pies
with a biscuit crust and a hearty seasonal filling. Meat
and vegetarian variations available.
- Pasta - Local and organic, just waiting
for a sauce of your choice (how about our grass roots
- Refried Beans - A southern treat with
multiple uses, need we say more.
- Rice Pilaf - Organic wild, brown and basmati
Rice tossed lightly in our own fresh pressed organic
sunflower oil and spices and vegetables.
Kick-start your special evening with friends and family.
An appetizer from Grass Roots will start you off right.
Serving something special with only a moment in the
kitchen lets you spend more time with the ones you care
about. Simply select your favourite appetizers from our
freezer, ready to pop into the oven and impress your
- Bison Meat Buns - Savory Bison in a soft
- Bison Pinwheels Bison wrapped in a tender
- Puff Pastry Wrapped Brie - Brie topped
with kalyna (cranberry), apricot or apple with
caramelized onion and wrapped in puff pastry.
- Vegetarian Pinwheels - Fresh vegetables
wrapped in a tender biscuit dough.
Crackers - fine on their own, and
really come to life with creative toppings.
Following are samples from the range of fresh
crackers we make. Call ahead to ensure we have
your favourite pulled fresh from the oven.
- Cornmeal Herb - builds on a base of
- Herb and Garlic Crostini - croutons
with a twist
- Poppy Seed Buckwheat - one of the
secret ingredients in this cracker is feta
- Three Seed Spelt - buttermilk adds
zing to this spelt based cracker
Dips and Spreads - dip them thin or
spread them thick
- Humus - this protein-rich vegan dip
combines chick peas, lemon and garlic to make
a delicious dip or sandwich filling.
- Lentil Dip - This hearty dip can
be served hot or cold.
- Pesto Chevre Dip - made from local
goat's cheese combined with fresh basil. The
flavours are memorable. Try it on pita bread.
Piquant Sauces - bring your taste buds
to life with one of these energetic additions
- Confetti Pepper Jelly -
green, red and jalapeño peppers combine to
create a confetti of flavours
- Kalyna (Cranberry) Sauce - great on
poultry and fish. It’s a pantry “must have”.
- Chutney - Peach and Apricot Chutney
combines summer fruits and spices. It tastes
great any time of the year. Also try our
- Green Pepper Jelly - great with cream
cheese on a cracker.
- Red Pepper Jelly - zipped up with
- Salsa (mild, medium or hot) -
Made in the fall, Grass Roots Salsa features
richly spiced Manitoba tomatoes.
Sweet Preserves and Syrup - It is
sometimes said that the art of jam making and
canning has been lost. At Grass Roots we take
the time and keep small batch canning and
jam-making alive. Come and watch us at work. We
will gladly tell you what we are doing and how
it works. It is an ancient skill we are
passionate about. As the label says it’s “Summer
in a Jar”. Use of local fruits add that
just-picked homemade taste.
- Apple Wild Cranberry Jelly - if
you're lucky, you once had a relative who made
- Apricot Sunrise Jam - start the
morning off right
- Carrot Marmalade - tart and tasty
- Heritage Crab Apples - A prairie
memory made with Kerr crab apples in a sweet
- Pancake Syrups - Local fruit-based
Country Apple and Saskatoon
- Prairie Saskatoon - A surprising
relative of the apple, a prairie classic
- Raspberry Cranberry Jam - just the
- Strawberry Jam - you can't argue
Pickles - Remember grandma's kitchen?
She used fresh from the garden produce and
time-honoured recipes to make pickles she'd
serve with pride.
- Bread and Butter Pickles - all of
your relatives used to serve these with pride,
you can, as well
- Harvest Pickles - we try our best to
stuff the entire garden into a jar of Harvest
- Homestyle Dill Pickles - a good
amount of dill and garlic combine to Flavour
this crunchy treat
- Mustard Pickles - keeping traditional
pickling recipes in the forefront
- Pickled Brussel Sprouts - so
delightful, these brussel sprouts can also
serve as a compact tasty appetizer
- Pumpkin Pickles - As delicious as it
is beautiful, and it pairs well with many
- Relish - tops off hot dogs, and many
- Zucchini Pickles - pickling is a good
way to capture the abundance of a zucchini
harvest gone beyond bountiful
Salads - We are proud of our salads
because we prepare the tried and true, as well
as the adventurous and new. Imagine a garden
salad with our own Saskatoon vinaigrette.
- Citrus Wild Rice Salad
- Definitely a house favorite!
Local wild rice combined with cranberries and
a fresh citrus dressing.
- Black Bean & Quinoa Salad
- A robust little salad that is an
excellent source of protein that can easily
turn into a meal.
- Winter Bean Salad - One of our
classic salads combined with the bounty of
this seasons harvest.
- Winter Spelt Salad - The amazing
spelt grain tossed with roast pumpkin chunks
for a hearty winter salad that will definitely
keep you warm.
Frozen Baked Goods - from sweet to
savoury, stop by and let us take the mystery out
of home baking specialty items.
- Croissants - cheese, chocolate and
plain. Ready to bake for special breakfasts or
- Waffles - Whole wheat, spelt and
wheat free waffles available ready made, or as
a mix. All of our waffles are made with fresh
ground organic grains.
Grass Roots Prairie Kitchen products are located at both
Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company sites. Find our products
on Westminster Avenue and at The Forks and across the way
from the bakery at The Forks Market see us in our own
exciting new space. Come visit us!
Grass Roots Prairie Kitchen
Right across from Tall Grass at The Forks Market
1 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg MB, R3C 4L8 (map)
Telephone: (204) 942-5097 | Office (204) 947-1297
Facsimile: (204) 943-2818
Hours: Saturday to Thursday 7 am to
6:30 pm, Friday 7 am to 9 pm
Daily during July and August 7 am to 9 pm
Summer Sundays close at 6:30 pm
Taxes are not included in pricing listed here. Prices are
subject to change without notice. All catering is GST and
PST taxable. Payment Options: Cash – Interac –
VISA – MasterCard. Invoicing available by pre-arrangement.