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Keeping Central Alberta harvest workers fed

If you happen to be in harvest mode somewhere in central Alberta and are feeling a bit hungry, give Mic’s a call… that’s short of Michele

Chief cook and bottle washer, Michele Wright

Chief cook and bottle washer, Michele Wright

Wright. (Yes she’s a singer, but not THAT singer.) Her number to call or text is 1 780 210 0935 (don’t lose it.)

The long-time cook, and occasional karaoke singer has opened a well appointed food trailer at the corner of Highway 53 (east of Forestburg) and Highway 36. And she’s in business to cook for anyone needing a harvest crew dinner or just a burger and fries on the way to the elevator.

Mic’s food concession trailer isn’t as randomly located as it may sound. The trailer is actually in the yard of a large grain handling system owned by farmer Michael Kroetsch. The food trailer is located in the shadow of about 1.5 million bushels of grain bins used to hold some of the Kroetsch farm crop. Her husband Rob is actually one of the B-train drivers working for Kroetsch this harvest.

Mic and Rob owned a restaurant in their home community of Elk Point for many years. When they sold that business, Michelle thought it would be a good idea to open a mobile concession which they now take on the road to many community events in the greater central Alberta region.

Since Rob will be driving truck most of the fall they brought their RV (to live in) and the food concession trailer which Rob also built, to the Kroetsch grain handling yard at the junction of Highways 53 and 36.

The menu at Mic’s is wide ranging. Open at 7 a.m. for breakfast, the lunch and “any time” menu also includes burgers, hot dogs, fries, poutines, cold drinks, desserts including home made mini-donuts, etc. etc. etc. And with a bit of notice there can even be more.

Mics concession“I’m here for anyone just passing by, but with a bit of notice I can even make a harvest meal of lasagna or other great dishes,” says Michele. “People can phone or text me a head of time and say they need six burgers and fries, or (with enough notice) even a dinner and I will have it ready when they get here.” Michele is manning the grill to keep harvest crews (or anyone passing by) fed.

As it is in different parts of Western Canada the harvest is just edging into full swing in central Alberta. Many of the crops are ready, but the weather has been a hold back. A good day here and there, but then wind and rain moves in. But as we all know— better days ahead.

So if you plan to be in the Forestburg/Hardisty/Sedgewick area any time soon stop in a Mic’s or give Michele a call. The grill is hot and there is a friendly face to take your order. The concession is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. now and probably til about 9 pm once harvest gets rolling.

Lee Hart is a field editor with Grainews based in Calgary. Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected]

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Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary.

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