5 Things to Do with Kids at the Market

School’s out and summer is in full swing! Wondering what to do with your energetic kids? We have some different activities to entertain and educate little ones, and some budget-friendly options too!

Here are 5 great ways to spend time at the market with, and without!, them this summer.

Kids’ Garden Club with Poppy Innovations

Poppy Kids Garden Club

In our first ever unparented class at the market, you can drop your darlings off to be part of the Cre*Ate Garden Club for Kids (and go shopping by yourself!) every Thursday morning from 10:00-11:30am.

Young ones aged 4 to 12 learn how to sow, grow, harvest and prepare their own food. Activities will be lead by Poppy Innovations joined by various vendors at the Market and guest presenters from Agrium. Your child will be involved in cultivating our planter garden to learn all about plants, nutrition needed for healthy plants and healthy bodies, preparing nutritious child-friendly recipes with fresh produce, games and other activities to inspire children’s natural curiosity to try new vegetables and fruit.

For more class information and to register, visit our events page.

PlaYoga with Wee Wild Ones

Wee Wild Ones PlaYoga

Finish a busy week or kick off an early weekend with some morning fun, learning, and physical activity with our second unparented class at the market. Kids 2-5 years old will play games, do fun animal and theme-based yoga, dance to groovy music, draw, create art, and learn with Wee Wild Ones every Friday morning from 9-11am.

For more class information and to register, visit our events page.

Barnyard Kids Play Area

BarnYard Play Area

Whether it’s a little too rainy or scorching hot, our indoor Barn Yard Kids Play Area is a great place for kids to burn off some of that energy. With a separate section for the littler guys and a climb-slide-dodge-giggle-hop area for the bigger kids, there’s plenty of free fun to be had. Located in our food court, it’s a perfect place to grab a bite together too!

*The Barn Yard Kids Area is an unsupervised play zone; parents must be present. Height Restriction of 48″ in effect.

Face Painting

Exclaim Entertainment is painting up a storm and making kids happy all weekend long! A talented team of artists can paint little faces (just when you thought they couldn’t get cuter), do glitter and airbrush tattoos, and hair feathers too. They are conveniently located right next to the Barn Yard Kids Play Area.

Get Spotted!

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Take your kids on a journey through Alberta’s food on a (free!) self-guided tour through the market. Taste samples of local goodies, learn where their food comes from, and get to know your farmers and artisans.

Stop by Customer Information and pick up one of our new “I love my Farmers’ Market” buttons. If kids are randomly spotted wearing their button proudly, they could be rewarded with a market treat!

We hope you enjoy spending time at the Calgary Farmers’ Market with your friends and family. Check out our events page for all of the fun things happening this summer.

Hidden Breakfast Gems

There’s no mistaking that we have some of the best lunch in Calgary with over 25 delicious food vendors to choose from. But did you know that we have as many amazing options for breakfast too? We’re not just a lunch place, we’re a heckuva destination to enjoy breakfast or brunch with your loved ones (without the tummy-growling line-ups of a brunch spot!). From bagels to Belgian waffles, eggs Benny to blintzes we have all the popular picks. Here are just 6 hidden gems you can find Thursday – Sunday for breakfast at the market.

Breakfast Club from Sandwiched

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This sandwich doesn’t mess around. It’s a triple-decker dose of serious yum with a potato bread grilled cheese as the base, topped with lettuce, crispy strips of bacon, thick slices of tomato, pea meal bacon, and a soft poached egg. It’s crazy delicious… ‘nough said.

Breakfast Pizza from Knead

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Why can’t you have pizza for breakfast? This one is made specifically to be enjoyed in the AM with Gruyere cheese sauce, scrambled eggs, bacon, and roasted tomatoes. Pair it with a freshly squeezed orange juice and we say you’ve got a good thing going.

Breakfast of Champions Smoothie from The Main Dish

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The Main Dish specializes in healthy and delicious food to go. Whether you’re looking to optimize athletic performance or an uber-healthy breakfast, this smoothie will make you feel like a champ. It’s chocked full of oats, mixed berries, Udos oil, almond milk, yogurt, and protein powder.

Ham, Gruyere, and Farm Egg Galette from Le Petite Mousse

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Le Petite Mousse cranks out incredible crêpes all day long; with 7 sweet crêpes and 6 savory galettes, there’s something for everyone. AND, they’re gluten free! This savory ham, Gruyere, and farm egg galette is a delightful way to start off a lazy day meandering around the farmers’ market.

Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit from Margarita’s Dishes

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Sometimes a homemade bowl of oatmeal is just what you need to get your day started off on the right foot. Topped off with fresh fruit, this traditional oatmeal is a healthy and delicious breakfast gem that’s sure to keep you going while you pick up your local market goodies.

Huevos Rancheros from Los Chilitos

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A fan favorite and brunch mainstay, Los Chilitos offers up a plate of huevos packed with flavor. Perfect for those that love a little zing, the huevos rancheros is vibrant and hearty. They also offer a huevos con chorizo for those that like it spicy!

So the next time you’re looking for a great breakfast destination, rise and shine with us… you won’t be disappointed. Click HERE to see all the great breakfast options available at the Calgary Farmers’ Market.

Spinach Strawberry Salad

It’s been a warm Spring, some days being downright hot which means we’re seeing our seasonal produce a bit earlier than normal. Edgar Farms asparagus was almost a whole month ahead of schedule! And B.C. strawberries hit our shelves this weekend, truly incredible. That means your prep-for-summer-salad-bonanza just got a whole lot more interesting. And this salad, while simple with only a few ingredients and easy to throw together, is packed full of flavor. We wanted to take it one step further for you and show how easy it is to enjoy a healthy lunch on the go and never eat another soggy salad again!

Market-Sourced Ingredients

1 bag of The Jungle Farm‘s Spinach from Innisfail Growers

Strawberries from Cherry Pit

Ginger Spice Pecans from Going Nuts

Goat Cheese from Fresh Delicious

1 bottle of The Jungle Farm‘s Saskatoon Vinaigrette from Innisfail Growers

1 pkg of Sunflower Microgreens from MicroYYC found at Gull Valley Greenhouses

Tip: make sure the Saskatoon Vinaigrette goes on the bottom, veggies and other salad fixings are layered, and the greens get piled on top. Everything will stay separate and dressing-free (unless your jar gets tipped over) until you toss the salad together in a bowl or let it all fall out onto a big plate.

Eggplant Tapenade

Eggplant is that vegetable.  The one you dreaded as a child, the one that hits the table for a special occasion but is loved by few, the one that’s pigeon-holed for being difficult to perfect.  But, eggplant is also beautiful and silky and healthy.  And this recipe is wildly easy and delicious too!

Roasting is a foolproof method for cooking eggplants, but with the early arrival of Spring we suggest throwing these on the grill (or in a pan if you’re not quite ready to pull out the BBQ). There is no wrong way of getting these aubergines ready. We like tucking into this eggplant tapenade with the baguette crisps from 2 Greek Gals or luxuriously folded into fresh pasta from Soffritto. Heck, it even makes a great dip for vegetables.

Market-Sourced Ingredients

Serves 6-8

2 small eggplants from Gull Valley Greenhouses

2 garlic cloves, cut into slivers, 1 Lemon, and a mittful of flat leaf parsley from Cherry Pit

a healthy scoop of pitted Nicoise olives and pitted lemon preserved green olives from Soffritto *you can go all in on the Nicoise, but we liked mixing it up.

Olive Oil from Soffritto

Sea Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Tip: younger, smaller eggplants which are sweeter are preferable.  Regardless of the size, pick eggplants that feel heavy, have a smooth and shiny skin, and a stem-end “hat” that looks green and fresh.

*We first made this recipe July 12th, 2013 and it was so good we had to share it again.

Easy Bison Bourguignon

9-5… hockey practice… dance class… piano lessons… homework club… training session… the grind keeps us all busy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well too. We wanted to share an easy take on the Julia Child’s classic boeuf bourguignon. We used bison instead because it’s a leaner alternative to beef (or even chicken for that matter) and is chocked full of vitamins and minerals. And it’s delicious. And we threw it all in a crock pot because there’s nothing easier than low and slow or more welcoming than coming home to a house that smells like heaven and a bubbling pot of “oh-my-word-this-is-so-good!” dinner.

So here’s what you’ll need (all of which can be found at the market):

Market Sourced Ingredients

2 lb Scotch Tender Bison from Bauer Meats, cut in large chunks

1/2 pkg of bacon from Spragg’s Meat Shop

6 Beck Farms carrots, peeled and cut in 1 inch pieces from Innisfail Growers

1 lb Uppergreen Farms white skinned potatoes, left whole if small from Innisfail Growers

2 cups beef stock or broth from The Stock & Sauce Co.

1 cup red wine from J. Webb Wine Merchant (Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir)

4 cloves garlic, crushed from Cherry Pit

1 yellow onion, peeled, halved, and sliced from Cherry Pit

8 oz mushrooms, dusted off and halved from Cherry Pit (we preferred crimini mushrooms)

1 bunch fresh thyme (reserve some leaves for garnish) from Cherry Pit

2 Tbsp olive oil and a good glug of Juniper Berry Balsamic from Soffritto

1 heaping tbsp tomato paste

2 Tbsp flour (leave out for gluten free)

freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt

We start with bacon because bacon is awesome, but more practically because bison is a very lean mean and the bacon rounds out the dish while adding a little fat and lots of flavor.

Browning the meat is an optional step, but it will elevate the flavors of your bourguignon (if you have the time). *Skip this step if you’re looking to save time and chuck everything in the crock pot and go.

We tossed the carrots in the flour, but you can add the flour after you’ve browned the meat, or to the onion and garlic mixture too. Remember, this is easy bourguignon.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

At the end of cooking, taste to check the seasonings and add a good glug of the Juniper Berry Balsamic Vinegar. Juniper is a classic pairing with game meat, particularly bison; we highly encourage this pairing.

Serve the stew with a sprinkling of fresh thyme leaves and a big hunk of delicious bread.

 

Sweet Local Valentine’s Gifts

Looking for something unique that says: “You’re like no other sweetheart”? Here are some #sweetlocalgifts that can be found at the market to give your heartthrob a little local love.

Eden

The ever romantic gift of massage is a can’t be beat gift for your schnookums. Find this Barefoot Venus massage oil at Eden Essentials. Plus, they have a wide variety of bath and body products to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. Find them in Aisle 3.

Artistically Inclined

Artistically Inclined has beautiful one-of-a-kind paintings in all shapes and sizes for the art lover in your life. Find them next to the West Entrance.

Berit Havre

Berit Havre offers a plethora or handmade knits from cold-weather-bundle-up-and-stay-cozy items to adorable sock monkeys. Find her in Aisle 1 to pick up something for your snuggle-bun.

Canadian Comfort

A little self-care goes a long way! Essential Oil Diffuser Necklaces from Canadian Comfort are a brilliant and elegant way to enjoy your favorite essential oil all day long. Whether your  lovebird is looking for the health or emotional benefits of essential oils, diffuser necklaces will not only smell great, but they’re beautiful too. Find them in Aisle 2.

Crafted

Slip into a luxurious and calming bath with the whimsical romantic in your life. Bath salts by Mint & Daisy are handmade with love and are 100% natural. Find them at Crafted in Aisle 4.

Cribbage Works

Spend some quality time with your darling this Valentine’s Day; puzzles are for lovers😉 Find a wide selection of puzzles and games at Cribbage Works on the perimeter.

Cucumber Man

A perfect lunchbox surprise for your little valentine or for your sweet health nut! Pick up heart cucumbers from Gull Valley Greenhouses. Find them in Aisle 4.

Field Stone

Planning a romantic meal with your beau? Add a little Field Stone Fruit Dessert Wine to your Valentine’s Day menu to make it especially sweet. Find it in Aisle 3.

Fratello

Perk up the coffee lover in your life with this Chemex Coffeemakers from Fratello Analog Cafe…. because, let’s face it, there’s nothing romantic about a Keurig. Find them by the South East entrance.

Growler

Make your Big Daddy say Grrrrrrowler! Saddle up to the growler bar for a tasting of local beers and then fill up a growler (or howler) at J. Webb Wine Merchant. Find them in the big red wine Quonset in the North East parking lot.

JWEbb Bubbly

Stay in with your smoochie-poo and celebrate love by popping some bubbly from J Webb Wine Merchant. Add a dash of locally made Porter’s Tonic to put you both on cloud 9. Find them in the big red wine Quonset in the North East parking lot.

Longview Jerky

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all roses and chocolates. Give your little sugar biscuit a selection of 16 jerky sticks in a cool wooden box from Longview Jerky. Find them in Aisle 2.

Market Bonbons

Treat your boo to some incredible handcrafted chocolate bonbons from Market. They’re not only blow-your-mind delicious, but they’re works of art too. Find them in Aisle 3.

Master Chocolat

Finish off your Valentine’s Day with handcrafted chocolate cherries by Master Chocolat. Sure to delight your favorite chocoholic. Find them Aisle 4.

Silk Road Spices

Sweeten up your love life with a lovely spice pack from Silk Road Spice Merchant. The perfect addition to whipped cream and strawberries. Find them in Aisle 2.

Stillwater

Give her a heart as unique as her. Beautifully handcrafted sterling silver hearts say “I love you” quite like no other gift. Find them at Stillwater Designs.

Terrarium

Let your love grow. And grow, and grow, and grow! These lovely terrariums are a low maintenance, elegant gift for your cutie pie. Find them at Canadian Comfort in Aisle 2.

TotaliTea

Cozy up with your buttercup and brew a batch of Love Elixer to steep the night away. Find it at TotaliTea at the end of Aisle 2.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we have an incredible community of supporters here in Calgary. You pull together to support local when it matters most and now is no exception. We wanted to take the time, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, to tell you how much we love you.

Enter to WIN a gift basket filled with items from our Sweet Local Valentine`s Gift Guide at Customer Information from February 5th – 14th.

Best Local Gifts

There has never been a better time to give local. Not only will your friends and family love your well-thought out gift, you can feel good about celebrating the uniqueness of our community. We have some exceptional local artists, crafters, and designers here at the Calgary Farmers’ Market offering a plethora of incredible handmade local treasures to choose from. By choosing to give local this holiday season, you’ll get personal service and real value, and you’re helping strengthen our local economy. It’s a double gift really. Here are some of the best local gifts in Calgary, all under one roof!

Ursula Krol Photography

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Found by the North East Entrance

Do you have a nature lover in your life? Stop by to chat with Ursula and choose from her vast array of wildlife and landscape photography.

Berit Havre Designs

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Found in Aisle 1

Beautifully hand-knitted items, hats, slippers and a variety of other clothing items can be found at Berit Havre Designs. Even individual beloved sock monkeys!

Yum Bakery

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Found in Aisle 1

Whether you’re wanting to spread scrumptious holiday cheer around the office, treat a neighbor, deck your holiday table, or stuff a stocking, Yum Bakery is bursting at the seams with cookies, cakes, tarts, and more! \

Beeland

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Found in Aisle 1

Give something sweet this holiday! You’ll find a wide array of deliciously sweet Alpine wildflower honey at Beeland, creamed and flavoured. As well as honey products such as salsas, BBQ sauces, jams, vinegars, candles, and body care with beeswax, royal jelly, and honey.

Innisfail Growers

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Found at P22 (see map)

A family of farmers from Innisfail who all work together to provide a great selection of products for market customers. Innisfail Growers has captured all that is delicious and preserved it for you to share with your loved ones all year long. They make up some of the best custom gift baskets that are sure to impress everyone on your list.

Pasu Farms

Pasu Farms is an eclectic shopping experience featuring quality wool and sheepskin products. They carry fashions and accessories for men, women and children, and a selection of beautiful quilts and blankets. They are recognized as one of the oldest purveyors of moccasins in Alberta, perfect to keep our loved one’s toes cozy and warm.

Eden Essentials

Eden Essentials is all about doing things the natural way. This means using natural ingredients whenever possible in their products whether it be an essential beauty product or something that is purely for indulgence. They offer a variety of products that assist in keeping you healthy, relaxed and ready to take on the world. Who wouldn’t love having that under the tree?!

Going Nuts

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Found in Aisle 3

With a great variety of unique flavours, Going Nuts produces incredibly fresh and tasty flavoured nuts, seeds, granola and granola bars from scratch, each week. They offer seasonal favorites, like Turtle Pecans and Candy Cane Almonds, and unique trays as gifts or to grace your holiday spread.

Master Chocolat

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Found in Aisle 4

Master Chocolat transforms simple delicacies like cocoa, ginger and vanilla into glorious concoctions. Bernard Callebaut is Calgary’s favourite master chocolatier and he never stops creating and perfecting his delicious treats, particularly the festive gift boxes, bars, and baskets. They even offer jumbo chocolate Christmas Crackers filled with delicate and delightful treats.

Artistically Inclined

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Found at P76 (see map)

Louise Kollmel of Artistically Inclined finds her inspiration in the natural beauty of Alberta and creates her masterpieces using layers of ink. Contemporary pieces including still life, abstract, wildlife, and landscapes, ranging in size small to the very large at price points for everyone. Her bold use of colors and her whimsical approach make her artwork beautiful, fresh, and uplifting for the home, office or cottage.

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local and that’s kind of the same thing.

To explore a full list of our vendors and locate these local stars, visit our website.

From all of us at the Calgary Farmers’ Market, Happy Holidays! And a Happy New Year!