This post was created in partnership with the #LetsLentil campaign for Canadian Lentils. All opinions are my own.
It’s not every day I get to go to Saskatoon. Or even say the word Saskatoon. Or watch a summer thunderstorm roll in across the North American prairie, lashing sheets of rain against the skin of the South Saskatchewan River. Or meet a retired farmer on the plane there who offered to sponsor my Canadian citizenship should things go south in the election this year. It’s not everyday I discover a place so entirely unlike any I’ve ever seen before.
And it’s not everyday I get to visit a lentil farm, either. So when Canadian Lentils invited me to come along with them to the Paris of the Prairies—Saskatoon—and take a trip to Aidra Farm, I was extraordinarily excited. They couldn’t have asked a better person: Lentils are one of my kitchen ride-or-dies. I love lentils in veggie burgers. I love lentils with balsamic caramelized onions. And I love lentils in the lentil walnut loaf my mom used to make when I was young, slathered with miso tahini sauce.