What to do in Edmonton? Check out a great Sunday Farmers’ Market!
If you’ve never been to Callingwood Farmers’ Market in Edmonton, you definitely need to check it out. For 35 years, this vibrant outdoor market has grown to be Edmonton’s largest Sunday market. Each week from May to October, it boasts 130-150 vendor tables set up from 10 am to 3 pm.
You can find everything from locally grown and sourced foods to woodwork, jewelry, clothing and décor. There are also tons of gluten-free and organic options to choose from. Live music showcasing local talent makes the atmosphere really fun too!
Callingwood Farmers’ Market is great place to go for the very young, very old and everyone in between. For those of you that may think a Farmers’ Market only sells produce, I’m here to tell you that’s not the case. You can find the most interesting and unique things at the market such as craft beer and local spirits, natural skincare products, home-made ethnic sauces and seasonings, eco-friendly baby items and the list goes on!
My trip to Callingwood Farmers’ Market.
I took a Sunday trip to the market to see what I could find, and I hit the jackpot! The day I visited was rainy (much like most of our summer days here in Edmonton this year), but it didn’t matter because most of the vendors were located in the covered courtyard area of The Marketplace at Callingwood – so I stayed dry and toasty. A live musical act on each end of the courtyard made the walk that much more enjoyable. I left the market with a couple of bag loads of goodies, but here are my top five favourite things that I brought home!
1. Cool Jewelry
Walking through the market, I stumbled across a vendor with the most beautiful rings and jewels – I introduced myself and asked to try on some of the items. I had a wonderful chat with Lydia, the owner of Artemis. Although there were so many beautiful pieces I was drawn to, I decided on a beautiful silver puzzle ring. Lydia gave me her contact information and said if I couldn’t get it back together to contact her or come back to the market. (I am too afraid to take it apart because I love it so much!)
2. A Children’s Book
It’s quite amazing who you see at the market! I was honoured to meet Edmonton based author, Lucy Sidor, who has to date written three children’s books and one book about her memoirs growing up in Alberta. The children’s book I purchased was entitled “The Spook-Aiders and Greedy Gus” to read with my daughter. Ms. Sidor personalized the book with a signature for my daughter – who was more than thrilled to receive such a special gift!
3. Sundried Tomato & Artichoke Pesto
My family are pesto lovers, so this delicious treat was a no brainer for me. Of course, I ended up using it on absolutely everything – I even put it in a salad…so delish! I also bought some chocolate chip cookies from the same vendor, Pasta By Caterina. Let’s just say my family was lucky at least 3 made it home. I’ll be back for more of everything!
Quick Pesto Recipe Tips:
Here are a few ideas for using delicious pesto:
- Add some to a lasagne recipe for an out of this world taste;
- Use it as a condiment on your meat or veggie burger;
- Mix with some olive oil and spoon on to your pasta – sprinkle with fresh parmesan for a quick dinner;
- Stir into a cheese scone recipe for an extra delish kick;
- Add into a meatball or falafel recipe.
4. Extra Lean Sausage
My husband comes from a Ukrainian family and perogies and sausage are an absolute staple in our house. When he saw that it was “extra-lean” he was more than a bit skeptical. Let me tell you, later that evening, after we enjoyed it for dinner, he exclaimed: “This is better than any sausage I’ve had, and I would never have guessed it was lean!”
5. Farm Fresh Carrots and Other Garden Veggies
As a child, I remember my grandma had a huge garden. When eating carrots fresh out of the soil, there was a sweetness to them that could not be replicated from the ones we bought at the store. Something I make a habit of buying locally when I can are fruits and veggies, specifically carrots. I did a taste test when I got home and had my daughter guess which carrots were market fresh and which were store-bought. She remarked it was the easiest test she’d ever taken. They just seemed to look and feel more authentic than their store-bought counterparts. Needless to say, we ate very well that night! I also got some fresh kale and used it for kale chips and smoothies – delicious and healthy.
Go to the Farmers’ Market for fresh food and a fun experience!
I’m always in awe of just how reasonably priced foods and goods are at the Farmers’ Market. Likely, I would spend twice as much for the same items at a grocery store and they wouldn’t be nearly as fresh nor locally sourced. More than just the actual items, the experience of shopping at Callingwood Farmers’ Market is such a happy and engaging one. It’s a great place to bring the kids and family, or to spend some time on your own, perusing through the many vendors and enjoying the community!
Laura Barr is the owner of BloomWellness.ca. She is a Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist. Her clinic is based in Leduc, and serves clients from Edmonton, Beaumont, Leduc and Nisku. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, animal lover and most importantly, she is a busy mom to her 9-year-old daughter! Visit her blog.