I had the opportunity to attend a local food tour hosted by the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market (OSFM) recently! In this post, I’ll be sharing some pictures of the event in hopes to show how amazing these local vendors are. Not only are their products fresh and delicious, they’re also made (or grown) with passion. It definitely makes buying local all the better. I would like to extend a huge thank you to the vendors who gifted us with various samples. Also a big thank you to April from OSFM who was our tour guide along the way!
1. Sunworks Farm
I always love talking to the owners of Sunworks Farm. They’ve been operating since 1999 and they’re passionate about their work and products.
Sheila telling us about Sunworks
A whole bag of goodies including their rosemary chicken sausage!
Photo credit: April
P.S. I toured their farm last summer! You can check out my blog post on Sunworks Farm here for more behind the scenes details.
We all know how much I love Golomein… They sell their noodle packs at the market, grab some for those nights you don’t wanna cook dinner! I also have a blog post about Golomein here.
Alex and Albert (owners) sharing their story
Noodle packs to bring home!
3. Mojo Jojo Pickles and Preserves
Johwanna (owner) is clearly a whiz with pickling and preserving. She allowed us to sample some salted caramel pear butter with marscapone grilled cheese. It was so delicious!
Amazing stuff right here
4. Market Pizza
Where has YEG Market Pizza been all my life?! Their pizza crusts are made with 5 ingredients – so simple but so tasty. Nancy (owner aka “the pizza lady”) was so sweet and provided us with many samples. I took one pizza home and highly recommend it for an easy meal. Each pizza only takes 15 min or so in the oven!
5 Ingredients – simple food, simple meal!
Different selections each week
Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza – THE BEST ONE
The pizza ladies 🙂
5. Rainbow Acres
Monica sells so many homegrown fruits and veggies. Some of her jams feature berries that are native to Alberta! The Saskatoon berry jam, for instance, has been a great addition in my pantry.
Carrot Cake Jam?! Delicious
Saskatoon berry spread
6. Martina’s Vegan House
The owner of these plant-based products was so sweet! The peanut butter brittle was the perfect mix between soft and chewy, definitely one of the better ones I’ve had.
“Veggies are sexy”
Peanut butter brittle
7. Doef’s Greenhouses
Doef’s Greenhouses wins “most colorful stand” in my books. All the colors make me excited to eat veggies, for once?! Helen (co-owner) explained that their products are greenhouse grown. They’ve been running for 46 years and are pesticide free, grown without soil!
So much variety!
Helen telling us about Doef’s greenhouses!
Veggies were extra fresh and tasty for me!
8. Birds & Bees Organic Winery & Meadery
Shane, owner of Birds & Bees organic winery, says they don’t push the process of wine making! They have a variety to choose from.
Samples! Photo credit: April
Really love their packaging
Shane and his wine!
9. Farm Fresh Lamb/Blacksheep Farm
Featuring all lamb products! Black Sheep Farm was so generous and provided us with a whole box of their fresh meats.
Ben (co-owner) showing off a box of lamb products!
10. Mighty Trio
Mighty Trio offers cold pressed oils and hemp food products!
A trio of samples!
And that wraps up the 10 stops on the OSFM local food tour! There are obviously an abundance of other vendors at the market so be sure to check it out for yourself. They’re open year-round, every Saturday from 8AM-3PM. A bonus during the winter months is that they’re located indoors! More information can be found on their website.
Thank you for having me!