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Faspa Country: a Herbert story
Herbert CPR Train Station Museum
Herbert , Saskatchewan

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   "Faspa" is a low-German,
Mennonite term used for a
typical late afternoon lunch
that for generations has been
served in Mennonite homes.
The lunch consists of fresh,
homemade buns, butter, jam,
coffee, and cheese. Faspa can
also include fruit preserves,
sausage or other sliced meat,

and dessert. On a Sunday,
Faspa would have been the
evening meal, and often
relatives and friends would
stop over unannounced. This
story of Herbert,
Saskatchewan, tells the story
of the strong Mennonite
influence on a small prairie
community. It is a wonderful

multicultural community; but,
at its beginnings, many
Mennonites homesteaded here
and their influence is still
strong. The Mennonite culture
is evident in the community's
activities, food, music and
mores. The Herbert community
is comprised of many other
races and backgrounds that

have influenced change on the
Mennonites of the area.
Consequently, the merging of
cultures has created a mix
that shows Mennonite
influence on the community
and community influence on
the Mennonite tradition. When
driving Highway #1 across
Canada, be sure to stop in at

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