City Market Report: Week 20

With an empty fridge after returning from Portland on Thursday night, it was nice to get back into routine this morning with a prompt visit to the City Market.

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Sunshine!

It was also great that the weather held out for another week in September – I think we can safely say we’ve had a pretty good fall!

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Pumpkins from Sundog Organic

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Carrots from Sundog Organic

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Celeriac from Green Valley Farm

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Squash from Kuhlmann’s

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More squash from Kuhlmann’s

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Pears from Steve & Dan’s

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Apples from Steve & Dan’s

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Brussels sprouts from Riverbend Gardens

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Cauliflower from Riverbend Gardens

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All sorts of gourds at Riverbend Gardens

The market has just one more outdoor date on 104 Street, before relocating indoors at City Hall for the rest of the fall and winter season. Make it count – see you next week!

City Market Report: Week 18 (plus Cornfest!)

We were blessed with another beautiful market day on Saturday, which always feels fortunate the later in the year that we get. Shoppers were our enjoying the sunshine at the City Market, though I wasn’t one of them myself!

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Beautiful day

I was volunteering for Downtown Edmonton Community League’s Cornfest (more on that later), so Mack did the shopping and the picture snapping this week.

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Beets at Sundog Organic

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Kale at Sundog Organic

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Assorted squash at Riverbend Gardens

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Peach display at Steve & Dan’s

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Lovely fruit basket from Steve & Dan’s

I did stop by the Fork and Spoon Brigade about halfway through my shift, to satiate myself with one of their hearty breakfast in a bowls.

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Eggs, potatoes, bacon and cheese – how can one go wrong with that combination?

Over at Beaver Hills House Park on 105 Street and Jasper Avenue, my community league had organized our annual harvest tradition of Cornfest. Although this event has preceded the city-wide Community League Day, in the last few years, we now plan for it to coincide with that date.

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We love #yegdt!

Sobeys on 104 Street had generously donated the corn, which we cooked and handed out for free. I didn’t think to count the boxes before, but needless to say, we shucked A LOT of corn.

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Shucking corn

For whatever reason, it wasn’t as busy as last year, when we ran out of corn about an hour earlier than expected. But those who did come out seemed to enjoy themselves all the same!

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Steaming hot corn

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Enjoying corn

There were also children’s activities, with corn husk doll-making lessons, a Downtown in Bloom awards ceremony, and opportunities for people to pick up their community league membership for 2013. But if you missed us, DECL will be at the City Market again on September 22, 2012 with a membership sales table.

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Laurissa shows off her corn husk doll

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MLA Laurie Blakeman hands out Downtown in Bloom awards

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Chris mans the membership table

Hope you enjoyed your community league activities as well!

City Market Report: Week 17

It still felt like summer on Saturday at the City Market. Sure, it was a bit chilly to start, but it warmed right up by noon!

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Market crowds

Squash are starting to come out and play though, so fall is just around the corner!

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Squash from Sundog Organics

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Squash from Riverbend Gardens

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Pattypan squash from Sundog Organics

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Parsnips from Sundog Organics

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Kale from Sundog Organics

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Concord grapes from Steve & Dan’s

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Kohlrabi from Kuhlmann’s

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Carrots from Kuhlmann’s

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Broccoli from Kuhlmann’s

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Potatoes from Kuhlmann’s

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Potatoes from Riverbend Gardens

See you next week at Corn Fest!

City Market Report: Week 16

Mack and I were honoured to have been asked to ring the opening bell at the City Market this morning!

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Honoured

I know I was particularly fortunate, because it is the second time I’ve been asked to do so, but it was fun to open the market with Mack this time around.

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Mack rings the bell!

It also meant we were at the market early enough for our best selection of produce this year.

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Gorgeous tomatoes from Sundog Organic

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Potatoes from Sundog Organic

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Parsnips from Sundog Organic

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Pumpkins and corn from Sundog Organic

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Beets from Sundog Organic

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Bread and butter pickles from Kuhlmann’s

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Broad beans from Kuhlmann’s

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Pears from Steve & Dan’s

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Corn from Riverbend Gardens

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The view from behind the counter (photo taken by Jenny Berkenbosch)

I was also volunteering for the Downtown Edmonton Community League today, where we were selling 2013 memberships. We were also promoting DECL’s annual Corn Fest, which is taking place on September 15, 2012, from 11am-3pm at Beaver Hills House Park (Jasper Ave & 105 Street). Come by that day to get some free corn, and to renew your community league membership!

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William and Chris geek out for #yegdt

Speaking of #yegdt, the City Market released their new bags today that incorporate the I [heart] yegdt logo. The interior is even lined with handy separators for bottles! Pick them up from the info tent for $4 a pop.

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New bags

The market was also overtaken with brides, a stunt to promote Mile Zero Dance’s Wedding Crasher Party Fundraising Dance, taking place on September 21, 2012. It’s a pretty ingenious idea – when else would you have the opportunity to re-wear your wedding or bridesmaid gown?

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Mile Zero Dance promoters

It really was just another day downtown. See you at the market next week!

City Market Report: Week 15

With the overcast and windy weather, it felt like fall at the City Market today. You have to think the market administrators felt the same, given they put up the banners this week reminding everyone that the City Market will be vending indoors again after Thanksgiving at City Hall.

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Yes to year-round!

The crowds definitely seemed smaller today, probably chased away by the clouds and numerous other festivals going on today, so there was still plenty to choose from by the time we reached the street.

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Corn was out in full force – at Riverbend Gardens

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At Kuhlmann’s

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And the baby variety from Greens, Eggs and Ham (the entire thing, leaves and all, is edible! It tasted like corn shoots to us)

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Multi-coloured baby eggplant from Greens, Eggs and Ham

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Gorgeous carrots from Sundog Organic

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Beets from Sundog Organic

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Fennel from Sundog Organic

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Giant zucchini and squash from Kuhlmann’s

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Coronation grapes from Steve & Dan’s

We had missed Lactuca’s debut at the City Market a few weeks ago, but Travis was out in full force again today, with what I still think is one of the coolest vending “wagons” I’ve ever seen.

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Travis Kennedy of Lactuca

Bike-powered and self-contained, it’s almost as neat as the fact that he grows all of his micro-greens out of his lot in Westmount. Read more about him on Kevin’s blog if you haven’t already.

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The stash

We’re looking forward to the Greater Edmonton Alliance farm tour tomorrow. Hope you enjoy your weekend too!

City Market Report: Week 14

Mack and I had great intentions to wake up early to have a leisurely stroll at the City Market yesterday before we had to drive to Viking for the Rge Rd 135  dinner at Nature’s Green Acres, but of course, that didn’t quite happen. We did end up getting almost everything we wanted, but at a pace a little more frantic than usual for a Saturday morning.

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Loved the City Market’s new flag markers

We were happy to see Martin Kerr back busking, too, and picked up his second CD of acoustic songs. We can legitimately say that Martin played us into Viking!

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Martin Kerr

It seemed busier at the market than we’d ever seen it. Stalls were bustling with activity, and many were already sold out of some seasonal items. The appetite for fresh vegetables was palpable this week!

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Riverbend Gardens was clean out of corn

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Cabbage from Riverbend Gardens

Celery from Sundog Organic

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Garlic from Kuhlmann’s

Mack always gets the fun job of toting around everything I throw into our shopping basket, and yesterday, even I had to admit it was fuller than usual!

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Not impressed with the load

See you next week!

City Market Report: Week 12

If today was any indication, it seems like the weather will cooperate this long weekend. The aisles of the City Market were basking in glorious sunshine. Martin Kerr was back busking in the square, and I know we’re not the only ones who believe it feels more like a market day when one can hear his voice resonating above the trees.

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Market square

It’s always great to see new vendors join the fray, but in this instance, it was a familiar face returning to the City Market! You may recognize Rhonda Headon from O Sol’ Meatos, one of the two companies she and her husband Brian runs, but this time around, she was at the market selling her wonderful products from The Cheesiry. We picked up some two month old pecorino. Look for them the next time you’re at the market!

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The Cheesiry

It was the first Saturday for field tomatoes at Sundog Organic, but Mack and I were too late to buy the pound we needed for one of his favourite late summer recipes. Next week! We still picked up a ton of fresh produce for the week though, including raspberries which we couldn’t wait to dig into.

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Leeks from Sundog Organic

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Beets from Sundog Organic

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Nectarines from Steve & Dan’s

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Plums from Steve & Dan’s

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Carrots from Kuhlmann’s

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Kohlrabi from Kuhlmann’s

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Cucumbers from Kuhlmann’s

I hope you all have a lovely long weekend!

City Market Report: Week 11 (and Dirt City, Dream City)

By the time we got downstairs to the City Market, it was later in the day and the rain had started to come down.

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Rainy market afternoon

In some ways, this was good for us, because the selection of fresh produce was still quite good, but I acknowledge that the weather wasn’t what vendors were hoping for.

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Sweetheart plums from Steve & Dan’s

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Pattypan squash from Kuhlmann’s

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Zucchini and summer squash from Kuhlmann’s

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Cauliflower from Riverbend Gardens

Thankfully, the rain cleared up that afternoon, and Mack and I took the opportunity to explore Dirt City, Dream City in The Quarters.

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Examining Crow’s Advice by Holly Newman

Dirt City, Dream City encompasses 17 different art installations spread across the neighbourhood. We weren’t entirely sure how we would locate all of them without a paper guide, but the “scavenger hunt”-like experience turned out to be fun, and the map printed on the descriptive boxes beside each piece was really all we needed. The pedestrian nature of the exhibit was fitting given it is closely tied to how most residents of the neighbourhood get around, and encouraged us down streets we probably wouldn’t have travelled on our own accord.

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Accompanying artists’ statements and biographies

Along the way, we encountered many different manifestations of art – from Adam Waldron-Blain’s live performance on a construction-ridden street to billboard canvases to an entire community garden.

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In Performance by Adam Waldron-Blain

The underlying message behind the installations was an expression of the dichotomy between the current reality of The Quarters and the optimistic future plans propagated by the City. Without question, there is progress being made (the YMCA Welcome Village set to open later this year is the first in a series of planned improvements), but after walking past too many derelict buildings and gravel parking lots it’s easy to see why residents would be frustrated.

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Simulacrum by Carly Greene

Unlike most gallery art we come across, I loved the open air nature of this exhibit, and how they interacted with the natural elements. One good example was Aaron Paquette’s Everyone is Welcome, which was so welcoming that we saw a rabbit settled comfortably in the centre of the piece.

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Aaron Paquette’s Everyone is Welcome

The Quarters Community Garden by Tiffany Shaw-Collinge also appealed to me because it was a living example of a piece larger than life, engaging residents in tangible art.

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Quarters Community Garden

The piece that resonated the most with me was The Placebo Effect by Emily van Driesum.

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The Placebo Effect

I couldn’t agree with her accompanying art statement more:

“A tree encompasses the strength, growth and enduring qualities of The Quarters Downtown, while reflecting Edmonton’s goal of bringing people and greenery back into an urban setting. In The Placebo Effect, stitching implies an attempted healing. However, by removing the root system of the tree, the stitching may not be enough to sustain healing. The Placebo Effect illustrates a potential revitalization of the Quarters community. Without the root system, the attempted healing process may have a beneficial result or no result at all.”

Dirt City, Dream City closes on July 30, 2012. Check it out if you can!

City Market Report: Week 10

By the time Mack and I reached the City Market on Saturday, the weather had taken a turn for the worst, but for most early birds, the skies were just fine for shopping. But in spite of our late start, we were still able to pick up everything we needed (and a bit more!). This week, kohlrabi, broccoli, zucchini and beans were available – really, there’s no excuse why anyone wouldn’t be consuming more vegetables right now!

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Kohlrabi from Sundog Organics

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Kohlrabi from Riverbend Gardens

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Beans from Riverbend Gardens

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Blackberries from Steve & Dan’s

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Blueberries from Steve & Dan’s

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Peas from Kuhlmann’s

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Broccoli from Kuhlmann’s

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Zucchini from Kuhlmann’s

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Swiss chard from Kuhlmann’s

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Snow peas from Kuhlmann’s

See you next week!

City Market Report: Week 9

It was another scorcher in Edmonton on Saturday, but I think one of the best places to be on days like this is on the shaded aisles of the City Market!

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Enjoying the shade

One of these days, I want to conjure enough courage to ask proud dog owners if I can photograph their cute puppies for a post similar to this one, but until then, you’ll have to make do with Willow, who Marianne and Charles were dog sitting for.

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Looking shy, Willow!

Last week may have been all about carrots, but this week the potatoes were out in full force!

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Potatoes from Sundog Organic

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From Kuhlmann’s

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From Riverbend Gardens

Of course, there was plenty of other fresh produce to choose from as well, including the first of BC’s stone fruits – peaches and apricots!

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Peaches from Steve and Dan’s

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Apricots from Steve and Dan’s

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Garlic scapes from Sundog Organic

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Kale from Kuhlmann’s

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Golden jubilee beets from Kuhlmann’s

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Parsley from Kuhlmann’s

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Radishes from Kuhlmann’s

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Lettuce from Riverbend Gardens

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A mountain of carrots from Riverbend Gardens

After the market wrapped up, the action wasn’t all done on the street – there was a music video being shot on the roof of the McKenney Building this afternoon!

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Video shoot

Hope you enjoyed your Saturday too!