Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Fresh Sheet: September 18th Market

 SWEFM Harvest Celebration and Plant a Row, Grow a Row are teaming up to bring fresh, healthy nutrient-dense produce to the storage vaults of Edmonton's Food Bank.  Join our Harvest Celebration, September 18th, when you can dust the dirt off of those freshly picked items from your own garden and bring them to the market to help us fill a truck. Don't garden, but still want to participate. Come visit our vendors who have heaps of fresh produce for you to purchase and donate. As always, the Food Bank takes non-perishable items as well.

is a local magician who has been performing all things magic, and illusions since 1990. Magic by Marty will be at the market performing his "walk around magic." Be on the look out for rabbits being pulled out of hats, disappearing coins, card tricks and more. Magic by Marty will have magic for the young, and the young at heart. 

 The Mallow Fellow...this is Crystal's last week at SWEFM for the remainder of the market season. Not to disappoint, Crystal has outdone herself, yet again with new and more flavours of home made marshmallows. Stop by her booth to judge for yourself - delicious flavours like toasted coconut, chocolate covered toffee mallows, blue-raspberry, bubblegum, pumpkin pie, vanilla and root beer. 

Birds and Bees Organic Fruit Wine and Mead are back at the market this week! Very exciting, as Zee has been away for the past few weeks. Now's a suitable time to stock your cupboards with the delightful tastes of summer months, only fermented! Birds and Bees is Alberta's only organic fruit winery and meadery (mead is made from honey). The Chrapko Family grows the berries and makes the fruit wine. Enjoy delightful varieties ranging on the sweeter side, like Saskatoon Berry and Hard Core Apple to those more dry, like Little Flirt Rhubarb and the Big Teaser Rhubarb.
momstown will be back at the info tent doing a craft with the
young children who come to our market, so be sure to stop by and make a craft - this week for harvest celebration: APPLE TREES!

Remember, if you see something on the lists below that you especially want to seek out, stop by the info tent. There we have a large map of the site that shows where vendors are located and we have volunteers who can direct you to help you find those treasured items.

Fresh vegetables & fruits in season, and available now at this week's market:
The BC fruit trucks are bringing a wealth of gorgeous fruit. This week expect to see:
Watermelon from Dargatz!
  • Apples (Galas, Macs, Pink Ladies)
  • Dehydrated apples, sparkling cider, 100% pure apple juice 
  • Apricots
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries (dark cherries & yellow Rainers)
  • Concord grapes (the seedless wine grapes, small & dark & ever so flavour-filled)
  • Currants, red & black 
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears (green & red)
  • Plums (yellow & purple & Dinosaur's egg)
  • Raspberries
  • Saskatoons (fresh saskatoons are no longer available, but frozen ones are)
  • Strawberries
  • Watermellons 
As for veggies... they are now officially pouring in from the fields! Expect to see
  • Acorn Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Beans... yellow & green & purple, field & hothouse long (incredibly, the purple beans change colour when you steam them or plop them in boiling water, going from purple to green... the second they're green, they're done!)
  • Beets (red, purple, golden & striped candy cane)
  • Butternut squashes
    numerous kinds, shapes and
    coloured onions
  • Cabbages (green & purple, round and conical)
  • Carrots, classic orange as well as purple.
  • Cauliflower (white, purple, yellow and the wonderfully whimsical Romanesco)
  • Corn - sweet corn 
  • Cucumbers, field & hothouse, small pickling, small snacking, long English, round yellow, and large field cukes
  • Dill, long stalks & flowers (perfect for new potatoes & making dill pickles)
  • Eggplants (long purple & yellow and small green oriental)
  • Fava Beans
  • Fennel 
    Big Beauties! Perfect for Salsa, BLTs
    and sauce.
  • Garlic
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Herb plants (thyme, basil, oregano, parsley, mint, sage, rosemary, dill, sorrel)
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi (purple & green)
  • Lettuces (romaine, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce)
  • Leeks
  • Onions (large field onions, red onions, small spring onions, chives)
  • Pattypan Squashes (mini yellow or green squashes, great for sautéing) 
  • Peas
  • Peppers (small & large orange, yellow, red & green bell peppers, sweet thin-walled long red cubanelle peppers, red spicy chiles, mildly spicy green jalepeños, hot banana peppers, extremely hot wee little orange habeñeros)
  • Potatoes (golden, white, purple, red)... don't forget to pick up fresh dill to go with them.
  • Fresh garlic
  • Swiss chard (it comes in three colours: rhubarb red, peppermint stick pink and golden yellow)
  • Summer Squashes (Zucchini and yellow summer squashes)
  • Tomatoes, field & hothouse (large, small & on the vine red, the wonderfully flavourful & meaty green & red striped mini zebras, heirloom varieties, Romas, Big Uglies, etc.) 
  • Simply Supper is not at the market in September. Visit her store on Rabbit Hill Road.
  • Delectable gourmet chocolate bars, truffles,  chocolate dipped marshmallows, cocoa covered almonds and pecan clusters from Violet Chocolates. 
  • The Mallow Fellow is back at the Market (last time this season) with home made, marshmallows.
  • A variety of artisan breads, cinnamon buns, cinnamon breads, pies, muffins, sweet loaves, gluten-free loaves & baking, cupcakes, bagels, homemade cookies, cakes & other finger-licking good baked treats throughout the market
  • Unbelievably authentic & delicious French style croissants (with chocolate inside, or with real raspberries)
  • Brioche with raisins & coconut palm sugar crumble or with orange blossom and a hint of anise
  • A wide assortment of flavours of banana bread
  • Fresh & frozen meats (beef, bison, pork, chicken, lamb) 
  • Farm-fresh eggs
  • Jarred pickles (cucumber pickles, dill pickles, pickled eggs, pickled beets)
  • Dehydrated garlic powder
  • Fresh raw honey & bee pollen (Want to know more about bee pollen? Click here.)
  • Specialty gelatos (great in this blistering summer heat!) They're packed on dry ice at the market, so they easily make the trip home without melting.
  • Delightful bottles of Organic Fruit wines and mead.
  • Greek dips (humus, tzatziki, spicy feta & red pepper) and specialty Greek food items, like  Sagnaki (lightly breaded baked cheese, delicious served warm).
  • Turkish Foods (from savoury pastries and dinner items to sweet dessert treats) will not be available.
  • Korean Foods (green onion cakes, kimchi, bulgogi as ready to go meals )
  • Indian Foods (naan & butter chicken as ready to go meals, Samosas, Indian cookies & salty snacks)
  • Thai Foods (frozen & ready for your weekday meals)
  • Packages of spices ready for appetizer dips or wine slushes
  • Smoked meats (sausages, pepperonis, sandwich meats, jerkies)
  • Jams & jellies & condiments to compliment everything from your toast through to your meats and fish
  • Sweet treats like cookies, mini cupcakes, snow cones & soft ice-cream to eat on the spot
  • Kettle Popcorn


  • Jewellery this week (necklaces, earrings, bracelets from Jewels By Amy).
  • Local author Lynn Link, with her fantastic novels that take place on the prairies.
  • Bath & body items (lip balms, bath bombs, body creams)
  • Beautiful, one of a kind cheese platters made out of wine bottles (Shilo's Glass)
  • Specialty soap (Ada's Soap is back)
  • Great seating, picnic tables, patio & deck furniture from BREEZESTA Patio Chairs
  • the ATM will be in the centre of the market, beside Yellowbird Food Truck, should you need access to a banking machine 

  • Barring high winds (forecasted at over 25km/hr and wild weather, the inflatable slide will be BACK on site 
  • The balloon busker will be at the market, creating lively, fun designs out of his rainbow of coloured balloons. 
  • The Dolphin Lady facepainter will be at the market, creating incredible works of art on wee little faces
  • momstown will be at the SWEFM Info tent doing crafts with the kids that they're sure to enjoy, free of charge. 
  • And as always, there are plenty of curbs and rocks to balance on along the avenue of trees that goes down the centre of our market!
 Come on out to the market for dinner. The food trucks will be on site, and you can grab a spot of shade under a tree (and perhaps even a spot at one of the highly coveted picnic tables, if you're lucky!) and then devour a scrumptious dinner. Choose from :
  • Sailin' On (vegan), 
  • Bully (gourmet comfort food) 
  • Yellow Bird (Japanese fusion) 
  • Fat Franks (gourmet hotdogs, sausages & smokies)
  • Butcher's Bus (sausage on a bun, pierogies & soft ice cream cones)
  • Pink Kernel (snow cones, mini donuts, popped carnival corn, cotton candy)
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Contributed by Melisa Zapisocky

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