Our friends over at Avenue Magazine are full of incredible articles that highlight what’s hot in Calgary from food, restaurants, and chefs to homes, entertainment, and lifestyle. And once a year, they release a super neat article of the 25 Best Things to Eat in Calgary. We wait with bated breath for this list because we’re eager to see how many yummy things you can find right here at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. And this year, we hit it big! We’re so very proud of our vendors that we couldn’t help but share their delicious victories.
Made by Marcus Ice Cream at Blush Lane Organics
Made by Marcus Ice Cream hit the freezer at Blush Lane Organic Market earlier this year and it takes every ounce of will power to not pick up a pint weekly… especially when Marcus Purtzki brings in new and unique flavors on a regular basis. Organic cream from Vital Green Farms forms the foundation for his delicious concoctions, like Lemon Curd + Wild Blueberry or Chai Hot Chocolate (which just hit the shelves this week) to name just two of his incredible flavors. Watch out Ben & Jerry.
Highwood Crossing Granola at Blush Lane Organics
While we’re on the topic of Blush Lane Organics, they carry a wide variety of organic produce, meat, dairy, and grains, including the locally produced cereals and granola from Highwood Crossing. “A 100% natural, preservative-free cereal made fresh each week with certified organic old fashion rolled oat flakes, whole flax and sunflower seeds, cold-pressed canola oil and amber maple syrup”, it is delicious whatever way you choose to enjoy it.
Lemon Tart at Eclaire de Lune
When mid-afternoon approaches and you get that hankering for something sweet to go with your coffee break, it’s hard to choose from the incredible selection we have here at the market. But Avenue Magazine hit the jackpot with Eclaire de Lune’s Lemon Tart. The crunchy shortbread base seems standard for this traditional dessert, but the not-too-tart lemon curd centre and pillowy cloud of marshmallow-like meringue on top is nothing short of perfection. If lemony desserts aren’t your thing, don’t fret, Eclair de Lune has a full offering of traditional (and delicious) French pastries to please even the pickiest of palates.
Hunter’s Pie at Wapiti Ways
With over 80 vendors supplying you with fresh local produce, art, meat, poultry, international food, organic goods , jewelry and more, we’re proud people are starting to spread their culinary wings to include things like elk in their diet. Wapiti Ways naturally raises their Elk on pasture grass, hay, and alfalfa without antibiotics, preservatives, or additives. Their complete line of elk products are healthy and tasty, including their Hunter’s Pie; with chunks of lean, tender Alberta-ranched elk, simmered in a dark ale gravy, with mushrooms, sweet carrots and pearl onions all in a flaky pie crust. It’s maybe one of the easiest, most delicious take-and-bake items from the market.
Espresso Balsamic from Soffritto Oil & Vinegar Bar
Artisanal oils have become wildly popular with shops dedicated entirely to perfectly pairing oil and vinegar; we are delighted to see our friends from Soffritto being selected as a Top 25. With 38 olive oils and balsamic vinegars to choose from at their Calgary Farmers’ Market location, you could end up visiting them for a long while as you taste your way through their selections in search of your favorite pairing. The espresso balsamic is popping up as a favorite among many with layers of authentic espresso and dark roasted coffee. It makes a fantastic glaze or barbeque base or can be used sweetly drizzled over ice cream. It’s no surprise that it is part of Avenue Magazine’s Top 25.
Montreal Smoked Bison from Olson’s High Country Free-Range Bison
Olson’s High Country Free-Range Bison is another market-favorite with their wide array of grass-fed bison products. They offer all of your typical cuts of meat, but also an impressive frozen selection, including bison pasta, and cured meats to garner your charcuterie board too – we’re partial to the bison bresaola. The Montreal smoked bison proudly graces Avenue Magazine’s Top 25, which we are sure could rival even the best traditional Montreal smoked meat sandwich.
Porter’s Tonic from Silk Road Spice Merchant
We see Nicole Fewell around here a lot as she shops for locally produced items that set the fare of her Cheezy Bizness food truck apart from the rest. And when she’s not on the roads, spreading Cheezy goodness, “she spends her time making real tonic by steeping distilled water with lemon, lime, lemongrass, cinchona bark and agave nectar to create a tonic concentrate. Mix it 1:1 with your favourite gin, then top with soda water and ice for a sublime G&T.” And you can pick it up while you’re perusing the impressive spice selection at the Silk Road Spice Merchant.
A BIG congratulations to all of our vendors that were part of Avenue Magazine’s Top 25 Best Things to Eat! Now, how many have YOU tried?