story by Patricia Merrick | photography by Britton Ledingham
If you’re looking for a country outing with a unique dining experience, PaSu Farm, a hidden gem located northwest of Crossfield, is worth visiting. While you’re there, you might also find a new piece of rustic dÉcor for your home or a pair of authentic moccasins in the gift shop.
PaSu Farm is open year-round and is famous for its tea and scones paired with a relaxing atmosphere. The three-generation family working farm opened in 1980 and specializes in lambing. Staff is currently busy preparing for lambing season, which is April and May, according to owner Patrick Crocquet de Rosemond.
PaSu Farm is home to approximately 45 ewes; a purebred flock of North Country Cheviots – a breed with no wool on its head – from northern England. Crocquet de Rosemond said he chose this breed because the ewes tend to be good mothers and don’t need a lot of interference.
A llama is always on duty to protect the lambs, and ducks and chickens live on the farm as well, mainly to provide eggs. Hay and vegetables are grown there, too.
“My ducks are my pets – they talk to me,” Crocquet de Rosemond said. “I’ve become very compassionate about animals.”
Rather than being sent to the butcher, the lambs bred at PaSu Farm are sent to auction and sold for breeding purposes.
“My farm is a zero-kill farm. So we will not kill any animal on our farm. If it’s getting old, it will die of old age unless it’s humane to put them down,” Crocquet de Rosemond said. “My chickens will live on the farm until they die – even if they’re not laying eggs because they’ve got to be rewarded for the hard work they’ve done.”
At the time PaSu Farm opened, it was the only farm in the area with a restaurant and gift shop, he said.
“PaSu Farm is also unique in that it has a restaurant which is a very high-class restaurant with very high-end food,” he said.
Some things you might find on the menu include chicken, beef, fish and vegetarian meals made with fresh herbs, fine olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars and market produce.
Crocquet de Rosemond and his wife Susan moved to Canada from South Africa in 1977 and bought a house in Carstairs but didn’t enjoy urban living. He said he decided to learn how to farm sheep and, after taking a course at Olds College, he opened PaSu Farm, which is named for Patrick and Susan.
A variety of events are held at PaSu Farm throughout the year, including an Easter buffet in April. Other events include South African barbecues during the summer months, as well as Victorian Christmas dinners during the holidays.