The 2011 Alberta Avenue Farmers’ Market

Two months ago, when Kerrie Miller took over as the Alberta Avenue Farmers’ Market Manager, the number of vendors dipped, and morale was low. The atmosphere in the hall was far from lively, though the vendors that did remain made the best of it. But now, in its second week in 2011, Alberta Avenue really does seem to be looking up.

Market

Interior

Perhaps it had to do with the sound of children playing, or the dreamy quality of the twinkle lights above, but the mood at the market was so lively and positive today. Patrons chatted happily with vendors, and people lingered (and had a reason to do so – the concession and dining area, in lieu of outdoor street food, is a great one).

Greens, Eggs and Ham

Andres of Greens Eggs and Ham

It felt more like the City Market than ever before – I had the time and space to chat with producers, and ran into a few familiar faces. The change in time – from 2-7pm to 5-8pm, seemed to bolster the small crowd.

En Sante

En Sante

Sew Cozy Mittens

Sew Cozy Mittens, made from recycled sweaters (Ansa was at Deep Freeze too)

Ma-Be Farms, Shooting Star Ranch and The Chocolate Doctors were there, though the big draw for everyone seemed to be Linda Kearney’s breads.

The Queen of Tarts

The Queen of…Bread?

Linda (aka The Queen of Tarts) is more widely known for her desserts, but since she and her husband will also be offering an extensive selection of bread at their new bistro-cafe on 104 Street, she thought it would be wise to start testing loaves early.

The Queen of Tarts

Miche

She had a half dozen varieties today, beautifully displayed in baskets. They use organic, locally grown and milled flour, and all of their breads use levain instead of yeast.

The Queen of Tarts

Dark Rye

I picked up a baton, fougasse and a loaf of multigrain bread – the first two were consumed even before the accompanying soup made it to the table – Mack liked the baton best, while the fougasse was my favourite (it had a solid crust that gave way to a nice, soft interior).

The Queen of Tarts

Multigrain

Linda will be selling her breads every Thursday at least until her shop opens – after that, she will determine if she can manage to do both.

Kerrie is still working on attracting other vendors – keep up-to-date by joining the mailing list. Holly Gale of Smoky Valley Goat Cheese is expecting to come once a month, and in between, Greens, Eggs and Ham may be able to carry their products.

So – if you need any more incentive to check out the market, how about this: pick up some goat cheese, a baton, and hop on the train – it made me feel like I was in Paris more than I’d care to admit.

Paris

Dinner

Hope to see you there!

Alberta Avenue Farmers’ Market
118 Avenue & 93 Street
Open Thursdays, 5-8 p.m.

4 thoughts on “The 2011 Alberta Avenue Farmers’ Market

  1. My husband and I finally made our way there for the first time last night (the change of hours are more in line with our availability on weeknights) and I was struck how much personality there is!

    I suppose I’m used to large venue markets, so I was a bit disappointed upon entering, but that lasted about two minutes until we got to chatting with the women at En Sante (our first stop). For the size I was really pleasantly surprised at the quality of vendors who were there. We probably spent just under an hour chatting with really friendly vendors and walked away with a decent amount of meat, a selection of wines, eggs, bread, potatoes….and a rabid desire to go back.

  2. I’m glad they’ve shifted to evening hours. We’ll definitely have to head over soon! That bread does look lovely and crusty, and I can see why it was consumed pre-soup 🙂

    I bought a pair of the Sew Cozy Mittens at Deep Freeze and they are fantastic – certainly cozy and amazingly warm. Great post, Sharon.

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