Our 25th Anniversary

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.

It’s that time of year again. Enjoy the harvest long after fall by pickling and preserving

From our Facebook page – It's that time of year again. Enjoy the harvest long after fall by pickling and preserving.

’tis the season for Ice Cream Bucket Refrigerator Pickles

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.

A scrumptious recipe for those in-season peaches…

From our Facebook page – a scrumptious recipe for those in-season peaches.

Wine at Grassroots Northland Farmers’ Market

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.

Taber corn should be at our market tomorrow

From our Facebook page – Taber corn should be at our market tomorrow.

Some dietary advice for the ladies in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s

From our Facebook page – Some dietary advice for the ladies in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

Gluten-free and vegetarian

From our Facebook page – Gluten-free and vegetarian – sounds like a great summer sandwich.

Saskatoon berry season is upon us.

From our Facebook page – Saskatoon berry season is upon us.

Don’t let the name fool you…

From our Facebook page – “Don’t let the name fool you – it’s strawberries that make these bars pink. A wonderful summertime treat!