Another market day is just around the corner! Filled with great food, beautiful jewellery, the creative works of wonderful artisans, and fantastic busking entertainment, there's sure to be something for everyone.
If you are looking for a particular vendor, stop in at the SWEFM Info Tent where you can view a map of the market and figure out where to find your favourite stalls (though we make every effort to keep vendors in consistent locations, our market make-up fluctuates from week to week to accommodate both our part time vendors, and the vendors who bring seasonal items)... of course sometimes, it's more fun to simply wander and happen upon them!
Our veggie growers will have plants ready for your gardens and hanging baskets all set to beautify your front porches, balconies and backyard decks.
Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation will be on site with their mascot, MT (pronounced "Empty") to help us to recycle bottles and cans on site and educate all of us about the importance of recycling.
Remember, next week, May 29th, is our Annual Garden Festival... so please continue saving your egg cartons, old pennies and bags of rice (along with any other food items you might like to donate) to the food bank. The Edmonton Food Bank will be on site accepting donations, we'll be filling a wheelbarrow to overflowing (we hope!) with bags of sealed rice, and Servus Credit Union will be there, organizing and collecting pennies in their community-inspired penny drive on behalf of the food bank.
Here's what you can expect to find at your community market this week...
For The Kids
The giant inflatable slide will be here!!! From now on, each Wednesday, kids can come and have a blast on the towering, incredibly huge, ever-so-fun giant inflatable slide! It's 16 feet wide, 30 feet long and 22 feet high!! Just think how much energy your kids will expend racing up and down this slide... and how well they'll sleep at night! Rides will be $1 each, or $5 for unlimited slides.
Once again, wee ones can be transformed into butterflies and tigers when they get their faces painted with wonderfully creative and vivid designs by The Dolphin Lady that will be sure to spark their imaginations and instil a little wonderment into their lives. Pretzel will be there as well, creating amazing balloon figures in fabulous designs and colours as only he can, sure to amaze the inner child in all of us!
For Your Kitchen
Though the farmers' fields have yet to produce crops with fresh fruits and veggies to bring to market, there are still lots of great offerings to be found on site, Wednesday. Dargatz Family Farms, The Holden Colony and Riverbend Gardens will have their over-wintered potatoes, carrots and squashes on hand. There will be eggs and honey as well. And of course, Good Morning Honey will have their bee-made products on hand.
There are other staples available as well, such as... fresh bread at Prairie Mill Bakery or gluten free bread at Celebrate, Gluten Free. Do you have a hankering for something Mediterranean (think Italy, Greece & Turkey)? There are pre-made items like dips at Theo's Greek Kuzina and Turkish food at Melodi's Kitchen. There are pastas... both regular and gluten-free at Back To Basics.
There's plenty of fresh produce available from our local greenhouses! TR Greenhouses and The Holden Colony will have cucumbers (large, long English and small sized, great for snacking & packing in lunches for the kids), tomatoes (including small, sweet tomatoes on the vine and my personal favourite... the incredibly chewy, meaty & unbelievably flavour filled zebra tomatoes) and peppers (sweet & hot).
Plenty of options are available for meat for your weekday meals, from whole chickens, cuts of beef and bison through to prepared sausages, deli meats and jerkies. Be sure to check out what is available this week... and remember, vendors like Red Tractor Meats and Sunworks Family Farm all accept pre-orders which make your market shopping very simple. Just go to our website (http://www.swefm.ca/meat-vendors.html), find their profile (in alphabetical order on our list) and click on their links to connect to their websites to place your order. Then, show up on wednesday and make your last stop at their booths, pick up and pay for your order, and head straight home to your fridges and freezers.
The food trucks are back! Once again, expect to find delicious comfort food from the food trucks, those gourmet kitchens on wheels. Bully will be back, serving great, inventive foods that feature meat, bread, fruit & veggie vendors at our market (remember last week's Red Tractor Meats topped salad?). Sailin' On will be on hiatus this week, replaced by Food Fighters (they have served steak sandwiches and chicken parmesan sandwiches in the past). There may be one more meal truck on site this week. And then, of course, Fat Franks will be on hand serving hot dogs and cooked smokies & sausages. Desserts can always be found at Pink Kernel (ice cream, mini donuts, cotton candy), Sweet Stuff (cupcakes), Phil's Fudge, and soft icecream cones at The Butchers' Bus.
This Week's Line-Up
Artisans & Crafts People:
Ada's Soap Shop (natural products that do not irritate eczema, olive oil soap, soap shapes)
Hemperial Fidelis (soaps, lotions, natural bug spray (body/bath stuff), soy candles, 1/4" twine, raw hemp, hemp seeds, organic and pressed hemp oil)
Jenny's Gems (jewellery)
Jewels by Amy (crystal & silver jewellery)
Prairie Mill Bread (organic, preservative-free bread)
Sweet Stuff Cakes (cupcakes)
Food Direct (fish)
Red Tractor Family Farm (fresh, frozen meat)
Sunworks Organic Farm (chicken, beef, prepared sausages)
Bully Food Truck (gourmet comfort foods like mac & cheese, poutine, turkey burger, salad, pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich)
Fat Franks (gourmet hot dogs, smokies & drinks)
Food Fighters (gourmet sandwiches)
Original Canadian Kettle Popcorn (kettle corn, cotton candy, soft drinks)
The Pink Kernel (mini donuts, cotton candy, shaved ice, kettle corn, lemonade, water, yo yo balloons)
Holden Colony (vegetables, pickles, salsa, garlic powder)
Fruits of Sherbrooke (jams, jellies & condiments)
The Mallow Fellow (gourmet marshmallows in 20 flavours)
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Contributed by Sheri Hendsbee