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Feb 8, 2011 06:13 PM

New Vendors at Calgary Farmers' Market

Looks like Eclair de Lune is opening at the market. And a Donut vendor!
March 4th they say.

Eclair de Lune
1049 40 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2K 0G2, CA

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  1. I noticed that as well worldwidestuff; looking forward to checking it out. I just hope Walker's Own will join the show in the summer!

    1. great, will go perfect with the imported factory-waxed produce in shiny cellophane bags! but seriously, why shop at CFM when you can get the same exact stuff at Walmart for a tenth of the price?

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      1. re: nonlinear

        Picked up a bag of mixed peppers at the Alberta Growers booth last weekend at Kingsland, and when I got them home I discovered mold and soft spots where all of the peppers were touching...blech (and $6 bucks for 8 peppers).

        * I guess that is what I get for buying peppers in Feb, and pre-packed in a plastic bag.

        1. re: KcM

          The best peppers at Kingsland are at the Cucumber Man booth (even though I was saddened to see the "Imported from Mexico" stickers on them...)

          1. re: cellophane_star

            The Cucumber Man grows his own peppers and I think used to shut down in the winter - at CFM he was absent about 3 months of the year. I guess he's selling imports to fill the gap. Up here we get a lot of produce from Red Hat-til mid January I think... but I haven't seen anything but mexican grown peppers for about a month.

          2. re: KcM

            Just bought a bag of mixed peppers @ Superstore for $1.98....... Is buying at these markets worthwhile @this time of year?? THINK NOT

            1. re: cckid

              Buying bell peppers in the middle of winter in Alberta is not going to be economical. I've seen nasty produce in just about every major grocery chain in Calgary too - the problem isn't exclusive.

              Like any other shopping, buy with your own criteria in mind - if you want to buy seasonal produce from local growers go for it, but don't expect that it's going to be as inexpensive as the imported stuff in a big chain store because they don't have the ability to compete with the buying power of the big guys. What you will find are producers who care instead of some indifferent staffer who just shrugs when you ask where something came from or how it was grown.

              1. re: maplesugar

                i'm sorry, but the CFM is FULL of imported crap. there's even a woman there selling repackaged muffins from Superstore. this is NOT a farmer's market, gimme a break!

                1. re: nonlinear

                  I wasn't spoiling for a fight, I didn't say there wasn't crap. I just suggested bell peppers are seasonal so buying them in the dead of winter isn't the best choice. As for the vendors - I never said it was all sunshine and roses but there is a contingent of producers who care very much about what they're doing.

          3. re: nonlinear

            I think it's time to resurrect "who crapped in the cornflakes."

            REAL DONUTS, not Tim Whoretons corporate afterbirth, is something to celebrate, young man.

            1. re: nonlinear

              You can't get Gull Valley tomatoes at Walmart.

            2. Does anyone know if Homestyle Beverages, the ones with the Saskatoon berries goodies/ciders, will be at the new CFM? I tried asking them but didn't get any reply.

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              1. re: Jasz

                Pearson's Berry Farm? (they used to have a double booth that faced the food court) Their site says they're at CFM but I don't know that it's updated.

                1. re: maplesugar

                  Yup, that's the one. I'm just concerned because they're not listed as a vendor on CFM's site. There is a "Saskatoon Berry Farm" on there but I'm not sure if it's the same one. We're almost out of the apple cider and I'd like to restock!

                  Btw, love that Eclaire de Lune will be there.

                  1. re: Jasz

                    A small note of good news is that Pearsons takes orders for Cider online at:

                  2. re: maplesugar

                    I happen to have the direct eMail for Pearson's and have sent off an eMail requesting said confirmation. I guess requesting Sour Cherry Pie in the past pays off!

                  3. re: Jasz

                    I've received a reply from Pearsons Berry Farm/Homestyle Bev, and sadly they will not be going to the new CFM. So sad, where will I get Butter Tarts?!?

                    Duane's reply is as follows:

                    "No we are not going to the new CFM - it's a long story
                    and we are not going to Kingsland market either - similar long story !! LOL
                    However we are looking at a location in Calgary, if we do it - it will happen in the near future.
                    And we will let you and chowhound readers know about it asap."

                    1. re: nutellaluvr

                      Uh oh, bad news indeed.

                      I hope they do find a placeā€”and soon! Keep us posted please.

                      1. re: Jasz

                        Pearson's does do farm's gate sales - in the summer at least; they're also at Sylvan Lake Farmer's Market on Fridays. It's a bit of a drive but it's definitely a nice one - in the Spring/Summer that is. : )

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                    1. i have to admit that the CFM is quite a sight, though... i mean, this is probably the only time in your life that you'll see a tortilla press priced at $25!

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                      1. re: nonlinear

                        I remember a thread asking for suggestions on where to buy a tortilla press and a subthread asking where to find a replacement for one that was broken. I don't recall you suggesting a place to purchase tortilla presses anywhere else in Calgary. Is there some fabulously cheap find you'd like to share?

                        1. re: maplesugar

                          I don't know about "fabulously cheap," but they generally go for half the CFM price at local latino markets.

                          1. re: nonlinear

                            I've never seen them at Salsita or up here at La Tienda Latina or Unimarket. I could use a heavier one - where should I be looking?

                            1. re: maplesugar

                              i've seen them at la tienda AND unimarket (where i bought mine). haven't checked slasita.

                              1. re: nonlinear

                                I make it down to Calgary about once a month these days so the Unimarket & La Tienda I was referring to are here in Red Deer perhaps they're smaller stores? I've scoured both and never come across a single press.

                                When people ask where to find a tortilla press why not help those folks out and suggest it at that time?? or when sharonanne was looking for one this time last year and I mentioned Tres Marias?? I didn't know a press could be had for less than $25 since I hadn't laid eyes on one before so when someone asked I responded with my best/only suggestion -- ya coulda saved a girl a couple of bucks.

                                1. re: maplesugar

                                  sorry, i guess i didn't see those threads.

                                  1. re: nonlinear

                                    No worries & thanks, I'll make a note to check out both stores next time I'm in town. I'm still curious about CFM inflated prices or no.

                                    Btw... the buttertarts from Pearson's aren't much more than the mass produced ones and miles better - worth every cent imho. : )

                              2. re: maplesugar

                                I saw one at Salsita last month but it looked like a very light cheap thing.

                          2. re: nonlinear

                            What, like $25 is too expensive? What does Williams-Sonoma charge?

                            We get it, you hate CFM, move on.

                            1. re: John Manzo

                              yea, john, is is too expensive, considering that you're paying double JUST BECAUSE it's at the CFM. and it's not just the tortilla presses - that applies to just about everything there.

                              you know, Billy Mays can sell a $1 "chamois" on TV for $20... same thing. :(

                              1. re: nonlinear

                                im with you on the stupid prices non

                                1. re: howlin

                                  Me three. Kingsland has a bit of that too.