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Mar 23, 2008 10:03 AM

Crossroads Market, Calgary

I haven't really heard much about this place, how does it compare with the market at Currie Barracks - is there anything there worth making a special visit for?

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  1. It's definitely worth a visit- Chongo's for produce, great deals on cheese and sausages among other butchery, and at least one completely unique place in the food court which sells Turkish bureks. Now having said that, Crossroads is also a poorly laid out, depressing environment with a godawful flea market attached- and running the gauntlet of places selling moldy (literally) paperbacks, trashy Harley-Davidson themed trailer-trash accouterments and related junk just makes you want to take a shower afterwards. Amazing that in the midst of this is also Artspace upstairs, with artists' galleries and the theatre space that's now the home of Loose Moose (the improv group that invented Theatre Sports and that spawned two of the five members of Kids in the Hall).

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    1. re: John Manzo

      Hmm...I like the flea market. It is definitly a little cheesey, but it has it's charm. I personally like this famer's market much better. Currie Barracks just seems to be a little bit too pretentious to really be a farmer's market.

      1. re: whackamole

        Charm? I'm sorry, but have to ask you to clarify that. What about the flea market is "charming"? It's not like it has antiques and handmade artisanal what have you- it's all garbage. I don't see even a tiny bit of charm there. It's dark, dirty, depressing and smelly.

        If you find CFM pretentious then can we assume you hate Granville Island? I don't find CFM "pretentious" at all BTW.

        1. re: John Manzo

          I have to agree with whackamole, John, CFM is getting a bit pretentious(the crowd anyway), I've noticed a change over the last while, it's starting to feel like kitsilano in vancouver. when i lived in vancouver I didn't go to granville island much either, it was also a go in with a plan and get out as quickly as possible sort of thing, way too much hastle.

          I don't linger at CFM anymore, I get there as early as possible with a list, deal with the coffee line first get that over with and move quickly from there. I am happy to see the Gull Lake people back though - love the broadbeans, tomatoes and the most beautiful eggplants!

          1. re: John Manzo

            Sorry, I just always thought a flea market was a place where people did sell their junk. One person's junk is another's treasure.
            I always thought that if one wanted to find just antiques they'd head over to Inglewood.

      2. Regina's Meats: AMAZING. Her products are all natural. THe European weiners are a must, her ham is feast-worthy, beef jerky sticks are addictive... everything is worth a special trip. I only venture there for her goods. If you call ahead, she will also put stuff aside for you because she sells out often before saturday.

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        1. re: alex8alot

          Regina also lets me practice German with her :)

        2. I am a very frequent visitor to the Currie Barracks market, which has it all over on the Crossroads market. (IMHO). Crossroads feels very claustrophobic, the vendors are not as good overall, and there is an odor.

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          1. re: shopwinedinefine

            An odor! My god Jim!

            Hopefully you guys never visit any open air markets when you travel! :)

            1. re: young lion

              The odor is not that of a farmers' market. More of mouldy Harlequin romance "novels."

          2. the hungarian deli there is really good ,love the head cheese and dry hot sausage ,good good good ,im eating some right now

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            1. re: howlin

              hey john,what part has reginas .sounds good but i cant remember where that place is at crossroads

              1. re: howlin

                It's kinda.... the middle- I couldn't really begin to describe its location; it's mostly a sausage place if that helps.

                I have to say that I don't want my negative comments about the flea market to make it sound like I don't love Crossroads- it's a treasure and if CFM weren't more convenient for me I'd be at Crossroads every week.

                1. re: John Manzo

                  that helped,i like the market ,flea market is hit and miss .this crossroads market was alot better when it wae on 16th ave the original crossroads market.well laid out ,and more vendors.lots more and no mold smell ha ha,

                  1. re: howlin

                    We go all the way from Red Deer to buy our cheese as there is the best selection and pricing. The only flaw is we do have to buy larger quatities.
                    Their 9 year old Cheddar is to die for.
                    Dean in Red Deer

                    1. re: carlitguy

                      Yup, this is one of the (very) few things right about Crossroads Market: The cheese selection is much better than at CFM. The cheese purveyor at CFM has some great product (his own), but is sadly lacking in selection and variety. CFM needs some competition on the cheese front..

                  2. re: John Manzo

                    But then you would miss out on all that good stuff you love at the CFM, John. And that just wouldn't be right.

              2. Sorry, but Crossroads needs to be razed, redeveloped and revitalized. It's a mess. They want you to pay for parking, the attached fleas market is disgusting, most of the vendors are obviously struggling and customer service is not their first enthusiastic thought. There are some exceptions, and I wish those exceptions would get their names on the waiting list at Calgary Farmers' Market, which is marvellous compared to Crossroads. And many throusands more people go through CFM each week. Must be a reason for that.