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"Do not miss..." at the Calgary Farmer's Market

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For unfortunate reasons we will be unable to get to the CFM after this weekend for quite some time, and so I would like to stock up on some of our favorites, and find ourselves some treats that we perhaps have yet to discover. We never miss Gull Valley for tomatoes and eggplant, or Sylvan Star for some aged gouda, and we love the shortbread booth, among others. What would you be sure not to miss and recommend that we try? Thanks!

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  1. The pecan cranberry bread (not cake) at the bread stall (don't remember the name). It is perfect toasted with butter. Yum! Also the chocolate croissants at Ladybug bakery. If you haven't had a schnitzel on a bun from Margarites Dishes you HAVE to have one (or two if you're hungry). It is OMG good!

    1. The bread stall is Rustic Sourdough.

      Phil & Sebastian! Lattes are the smoothest and sweetest I have had in Canada. The sauce and stock place has excellent olive tapenade. At Ladybug bakery, I enjoy the almond croissants. From Blush Lane, I buy organic eggs, heavy cream, and Sun Works Farms' thick-cut bacon and organic chicken. And I can't remember the name of the stall, but it is the large produce stand next to Sylvan Star--they had beautiful asparagus last weekend.

      Not rquite a food item (yet): there is an herb stand that sells potted herbs and ready-to-plant herbs, from rosemary to Italian parsley. I bought 3 plants for $10 last weekend. The plants are very healthy and relatively large (for a "seedling"), giving you a good head start on growth.

      1. I second Phil & Sebastian's coffee - whole different playing field than starbucks/2nd cup et al. Margarita's also has delicious borscht, which you can also get frozen to take home and enjoy later.
        - Count me in as another big fan of Blush Lane, Sunworks and Gull Valley for the same reasons as everyone else and Blush Lane has been carrying Lund's beets since they left the market til the new crop of carrots comes in.
        - Rustic Sourdough MMMMmmm pecan cranberry bread - makes grrreat french toast if you don't manage to inhale the loaf on te way home :) ...I also like their pretzel buns (which are usually sold out by Saturday afternoon).
        - Jackson's Deli has some wonderful homemade smoked Turkey and sometimes Roast Beef...miles better than anything at a grocery store deli.
        - Two Greek Gals tzatziki is also a fave in this house...check out the samples, their tzaziki is more garlicky than most but that's the way DH and the kids like it(you can pick it up at Amaranth during the week but it's $1 more there than at CFM). I also like Greek Gals pita but I know it's not everyone's fave...it's the soft and chewy greek style - which I find toasts up beautifully for pita crisps and is a nice base for a quick pizza.


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        1. re: maplesugar

          Blush Lane is opening an Organic Market in Aspen Woods in June. They were handing out announcement cards at the market last weekend. They will still be at CFM too.

        2. Tres Marias for corn tortillas. They will freeze well. Not to mention their salsas, which probably don't freeze well. But they do make tamales and they freeze. Their taco chips are to die for.

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          1. re: sarah galvin

            Jackson's deli also has great chorizo and andouille. Francesco's, near the bagel guy, makes a fantastic Italian sub, the hot calabrese is excellent.

          2. If you like Indian food, the frozen curries at Shef's (next to 2 Greek Gals) are fabulous, especially the butter chicken and the rogan josh. Don't think anyone has mentioned Simple Simon's pies yet - I think they deliver, if you can't make it to the market for a while.

            1. Love Lunds carrots and kale when it is around. I also enjoy hitting the food court but it can be hit or miss. The Ukrainian food is usually very good. J Webb (across from the CFM) is always a nice place to visit and taste some decently priced wines. My husband would probably say the Wild Rose Brewery is the top spot to visit.

              Blush Lane is also a great place with some amazing organic produce. Unfortunately I heard that they may have to leave the CFM because the people who control the market are mad about them opening their own store. It would be a shame for the only real BC orchard in the market to be forced out.

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              1. re: hippiehouse

                Hit or miss? What are the misses? I've never had anything at Margarita's (the Ukrainska place) that wasn't at least very good. Usually it's spectacular.

                That info about Blush Lane CANNOT be correct. There are at least six shops that already have their "own stores" elsewhere: Cookbook Co, Rustic Sourdough, Francesco's, North Sea, and two that opened AFTER they opened at the CFM: Ladybug and Buttercream. Simple Simon's has locations at markets all over the place. Phil and Sebastian are constantly looking for a retail location. There is no way CFM would be offended by a merchant opening a location elsewhere since it's already done constantly.

                1. re: John Manzo

                  I think (I hope) hippiehouse was generalizing about the food court itself being hit or miss not Margarita's...although I can't think of a single thing at the food court that was a "miss" for me except the prices at the mexican place.

                  1. re: maplesugar

                    Agreed, I misread- but I still would like to know what's hit or miss.

                    1. re: John Manzo

                      Sorry about that confusion. I meant to say that Margarita's is excellent. The Indian place has been good as well and I haven't had too much from the other vendors. I have had a couple of lunches that were not great but I'd rather not say where that was in case it was just me that day. Overall great food and experience.

                      I also love the flowers shop and the gelato, but what women doesn't.

                      Unfortunately the rumor about Blush Lane seem to have some weight to it. Last week I got a postcard announcing their new store but this week I was unable to get one for a friend. The girl on the till said they were not allowed to give them out anymore but didn't say why. Lets hope nothing changes because I need my yummy organics.

                      1. re: hippiehouse

                        Maybe the issue with CFM is their promoting a second non-CFM location? Like I say, given how much outside-CFM biz many places do, why would CFM complain?

                      1. re: sarah galvin

                        really? I like their green onion pancakes and actually love their take on shiu mai! The other stuff doesn't look great I will admit :(

                2. Thanks for some great tips, folks! We're going this morning and will be on the lookout for some of these new treats. We're excited to try some new things we hadn't experienced yet. Thanks once again.

                  1. Has anyone tried the apple/peach/cherry pie from the Maple - Quebec stall? Delicious! Fresh fruit - cherries from BC are still firm and yummy. Nice crumble/oatmeal topping and good flaky crust. The fellow at the stall was telling me this year he is going to make a blueberry peach combo. The maple pecan pies are also very good. 12.50 each. Regarding Blush Lane's new location...I am worried already as I drove by there the other day and there doesn't seem to be adequate parking. Isn't anything in this city planned correctly? Doesn't matter where they go however as I'll walk miles for those organic free range chickens!

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                    1. re: lynnrb

                      What is the address of their new location?

                      1. re: sarah galvin

                        Blush Lane is going to be at 85th Street & 17 Avenue S.W. which is down the street from the other new market "Sweetgrass" which is beside the new Co-op complex on 85th Street. The new Sweetgrass Market is being managed by the old manager of the CFM Market (Anne). Maybe that is the reason for the conflict that other people are referring to on previous posts on this thread.

                      2. re: lynnrb

                        I've had the cherry-peach crumble from the Maple place and it's very good, LOTS of fruit—not quite as good as my blueberry-peach crumble but still ;-)