It was one of the coldest Saturdays in recent memory, chilly and gusty, particularly depressing given the fact that it is still August. But I was still looking forward to the City Market, given the penultimate cultural festival would be taking place today.
Roving accordion player!
Pinocchio gelato stand (the weather was really unfortunate)
Edmonton Opera was on hand at the market also to promote their upcoming season. And boy, did they ever – three “flash mobs” were organized throughout the day, with opera singers disguised as market shoppers spontaneously breaking into song, and additional singers joining in as the aria continued.
The aria begins (in the beginning, I had no idea where the sound was coming from – but I followed the line of sight to the singer’s tall white hat)
In full song
A crowd gathers
If you missed it, not to worry – staff were on hand to capture the performances, which should be uploaded to YouTube soon.
Amidst the excitement, we did our shopping. Mack and I had invited Grandma Male for breakfast this morning, and were eager to show her around the market, which she hasn’t visited in some time.
At Kuhlmann’s with Grandma Male
Gladiolas from Kuhlmann’s
She picked up some basil from Sundog Organics, remarking at how fresh and pungent it smelled, while I bought some eggplant.
Parsnips from Sundog Organics
Heirloom and heritage tomatoes from Sundog Organics
Many shoppers were in a frenzy over the fresh corn available – ourselves included.
Corn from Riverbend Gardens
Massive flat cabbage from Riverbend Gardens (we were told they are great for making cabbage rolls)
Next week, the Market gears up for the back-to-school rush, with many family-friendly activities planned, including a petting zoo.