Yupp, the Grassroots Deerfoot Farmers Market is starting into it’s 25th season of continuous operations in Calgary in 2016..
We are Calgary’s oldest and longest continuously running seasonal farmers’ market and are excited to have moved to our new location at Deerfoot City. The last 24 years at Northland Mall were great but their current/future redevelopment plans just could not accommodate our market any more and thus the move to a great new location in the northeast parking lot at Deerfoot City (formerly Deerfoot Mall).
We will continue to strive to offer Calgarians the same wonderful variety of locally grown, baked or produced goods as we have in the past with many of our past vendors following us to our new location – some of whom have been with us for all of our past 24 years of existence. There will also be some new vendors as well and we hope to offer a greater variety of goods and produce than we have in the past.
Anyhow, come up and check us out on Fresh Tuesdays starting at 3:30pm and running until 7:00pm rain or shine, this year June 7 to September 27.
With so much wonderful fresh, local produce available at our market, it’s a great time to try your hand at making some Ice Cream Bucket Refrigerator Pickles. This is a recipe that’s been handed down that’s so easy to make and you’ll be eating great pickled vegetables within a day or two of making them.
First off, start with a clean ice cream pail (1 gallon size with lid) and fill with sliced cucumbers (pickle cucumbers that you’ll find at our market). Alternate the layers of cucumbers with sliced onions. (1 large onion per bucket). If you don’t have an ice cream bucket, then just about any larger sized container will do that you can put a lid on – larger glass jars, large bowls, etc.
The next step is making your brine – in a pot, mix…
4 cups vinegar
4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon tumeric
1.5 teaspoons celery seed
1/2 cup pickling salt (coarse salt)
1.5 teaspoons mustard seed
Heat the above brine solution but do not boil. Pour the heated brine solution over the cucumbers and onions. Let this sit on your countertop for about 2 hours and then put the lid on and put it in your refrigerator. If you find your vegetables are floating a bit too much, then just place a small plate on top of the mixture to weigh everything down.
By the next morning you can do a bit of sampling and within 3-4 days they’ll be great for eating/snacking/serving. They will keep in your refrigerator for up to 4-6 months. Other vegetables you can add in include cauliflower pieces, sliced bell and/or hot peppers, dill, pearl onions, garlic cloves – your imagination might be the limit.
Did you know that the province of Alberta has a small, but growing cottage wine industry? Did you also know that the Grassroots Northland Farmers’ Market has, as one of it’s vendors, the first business to be granted a license under the Government of Alberta’s cottage winery regulations and that this vendor is Field Stone Fruit Wines?
Field Stone Fruit Wines offer a wonderful variety of desert/fruit wines all of which are produced at their rural location about 40 minutes east of Calgary. Their wines can be paired in numerous ways or just enjoyed on their own – please consider visiting their booth located on the east side of our market, samples are always available.