What are some of Calgary's best locally produced foodstuffs ... ie: beer, butter, chocolate, wine, booze, bacon, etc???
Let's make a list!
Any Wildrose Beer - especially their seasonal. I believe the Cherry Porter is out this week!
Not Calgary but Canmore - Valbella Gourmet Foods for charcuterie
Maybe not exclusively "Calgary" but close to the city:
Big Rock Beer's Winter Ale
Lund's carrots, parsnips, spinach, chard
I'm sure I'll think of more later.
Not strictly Calgary but available in YYC
Lund's carrots, beets etc
Edgar Farm's peas, asparagus and asparagus products
Jungle Farm's berries and pumpkins
Sylvan Star cheese -their grizzly gouda is my favourite
Vital Green Farms: chocolate milk
Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch's Buffalo and Elk
Macarons and pain au chocolat from Yann's Haute Patisserie
Sidewalk Citizen bread & goodies
Pretzel buns from Rustic Sourdough bakery
Prairie Mill bread
Can't believe I forgot about Sidewalk Citizen's scones. I don't usually go for scones but theirs are incredible.
I have some more:
Fiasco Gelato's gelatos and sorbettos. I've had real Italian gelato and, for the most part, I still prefer theirs.
Valta Bison's bison jerky
Phil & Sebastian's lattes (with Vital Greens milk)
M for Macaron's macarons (Preferred over Yann's but that's just me)
Blu Seafood's salmon burgers
Pies Plus berry pies
Going Nuts's salad nut mixes & flax crackers (at the Calgary Farmer's Market)
Community Natural Foods tahini and nut butters
I really do have to get to Pies Plus one of these days. I can't believe I forgot about Going Nuts--their cinnamon almonds are dangerously addictive. As for Aviv's scones--there hasn't been a single crumb of his baking that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. P&S baristas are wizards--I'm partial to Americanos (saving calories for pain au chocolat heh)
If you're ever in my neck of the woods check out Big Bend Market. They're doing fantastic things: bison smoked meat and pastrami, venison salami, and all from either Ivan's bison herd or picked up from other local producers. They also stock Sylvan Star cheeses.
My favourite thing at Going Nuts is their Lemon Pecans. A new fave is their Pumpkin Spice Pecans, which are only sweetened with dates.
Davenport's Cowboy Crunch. I can only find it around Christmas time at the Telus & BMO craft markets, which is probably a good thing because I can finish the whole jar in one sitting. It is deliciously addictive:
Off to Google "Big Bend Market" :)
Spring Creek Ranch's prime rib roast available at Master Meats. (They're from around Edmonton)
Sunrise Berry Farms pies (Lethbridge)
Found in Calgary (and throughout most parts of AB and SK): Ginger Beef and Puffed Wheat Squares.
I like the Jerky made & sold in Red Deer.
Manuel Latruwe croissants and pain au chocolat are pretty top tier.
Also Phil and Sebastian coffee beans