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Aug 23, 2009 11:58 AM

Bearspaw Market - Calgary (+ Corn on the Cob)

I went out to the Bearspaw Market for the first time today. Not having been to other farmer's markets in town, I can't compare it to much. Prices were a bit higher than buying direct on the farm back home in Victoria, but not much. Not as high as I expected for Bearspaw! However, I was quite impressed with the quality of the produce and there were some good deals. I got two fair-sized bags of BC roma tomatoes for $2.50 each, two huge zucchini for $1 each and a head of orange cauliflower for $3.50 (I am envisioning that it is a cauliflower-cheese hybrid... I suspect I will be disappointed). I have a feeling I know how my Sunday morning will now be spent!

However, I still can't bring myself to buy corn on the cob. In Victoria, I always bought it on the farm. I'm scared I'll buy it from a truck labelled "Taber Corn" and end up with corn from Guadalajara. Any tips?

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  1. taber corn sellers must have a licence to sell taber corn as well as a document of authentication .heavy fines will follow fakes

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    1. re: howlin

      I agree. To test freshness, pierce a kernel with your thumb nail. Juice should spray out. If it doesn't don't buy it.

      1. re: sweeterpea

        im wondering if that corn is even ready yet .crop is late because of a crappy spring

        1. re: howlin

          I've seen the Jensen trucks around town this weekend selling taber corn so I guess the corn must be ready.

          1. re: miss.foodie

            I just bought some from a Jensen truck in Airdrie on Sunday. They are absolutely delish! Very juicy and sweet. We didn't even put butter or seasoning on it. Just had them straight from the BBQ/out of the husk. YUM

    2. It is a nice market. Did you try the sausages? They sell them on a bun or frozen to take home. Really good. My favorite is the Kobassa.

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      1. If you are at the Bearspaw Market in the fall, I recommend the Pumpkin Loaf from "The Bread Lady/My Bread". Moist and super yummy, I bought it on a whim, but now buy it every time it's available.