Farmers’ Market Fresh

Following a huge sleep-in and craving waffles and fresh fruit, this afternoon we headed to the Calgary Farmers’ Market at Blackfoot for brunch. I absolutely love eating here because there is SO much selection! There are booths for Traditional Breakfast, Smoothies, Crepes, Sandwiches, Tacos, Authentic European, Burgers, Donuts, and Greek food; and that is just to name a few.

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Each one has a wooden stand with a colourful and catchy sign. However, even though there is so much selection, I always end up ordering the same thing – whole wheat belgian waffles with whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and syrup. The waffles are incredibly soft and fluffy, and I swear there is an entire carton of strawberries sliced on top.

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While I dug into my waffle, trying to contain my excitement, Cole helped himself to a juicy burger from Silver Sage Farms. It was an “urban burger” – two patties topped with goat cheese and avocado.

Once we finished our meals we started to peruse around the market. This place has everything from crafts to clothes and desserts to fresh meat. I headed to my favourite produce stand and picked up some fresh peaches, nectarines, and green & yellow beans.

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The cherries looked pretty tempting – bursting in size with freshness, but I figured I had enough fruit for the week.

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We looked around at the meat shops, the bread shop (where I was very tempted to buy another pumpernickel loaf), and glanced at all the desserts. Everything here looks delicious. It is pretty hard not to buy all of it!

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I almost purchased some homemade ice cream, but we agreed we would save it for our next visit. Having already tried the smores and vanilla bean jars, I can tell you the ice cream here is too good not to eat in one sitting. Knowing we have an upcoming beach vacay in less than a month, I am trying not to indulge myself too much.

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Continuing through the lanes, I picked up a few treats for Sophie – liver chews, mint cookies, and peanut butter sticks. What a lucky little pup!

Just before we left we noticed our favourite spice shop had a booth (The Silk Road Spice Merchant) and stepped in for a quick peak. We had already decided on salmon for dinner, so we looked at the fish spices and settled on a rub titled the “Bow River Fish Blend.” Perfect for fresh fish, it combined pepper, chives, parsley, dill, and shallots.

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We looked around at the rest of the spices and I admired the pretty jars filled with lavender and rose petals. Next time I’ll definitely be returning for the lavender.

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All in all it was a great way to spend the afternoon. It was pretty busy, but it is nice to see so many people interested in farm fresh and homemade foods. The best part – we managed to bring home a pretty good haul, without having to break the bank.

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If you’re in Calgary I suggest you check it out!                 

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