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.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.

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.

photo 1 (2)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.

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!      photo 2 (2)