I’ve spent a good portion of my life living in Calgary but it was only recently that I finally ventured out to the Millarville Farmers Market. Just a 30 minute drive southwest of Calgary, the market is open every Saturday from 9am to 2pm and has over 150 vendors (!) that sell vibrant local fruits and vegetables, homemade baking and beautiful pottery, jewellery and other arts and crafts.
It was an absolutely gorgeous day, perfect for spending time outside meandering about. We got there shortly after it opened and already there were people buzzing around everywhere. My mission of the day was to hunt down some remaining fruit, I figured it might be slim pickins’ since it was nearing the end of summer but apparently I hit the produce jackpot, bright red cherries, plump raspberries, brilliant peaches, so many delicious items to choose from and all grown in BC or Alberta.
Close to the entrance there were some nice people selling an assortment of breads, buns and cinnamon rolls, I can’t remember what the business was called but I happened to pick up a pretty tasty loaf of rye bread.
Among the offerings there were fresh herbs, vegetables, a variety of specialty salts and of course coffee!
The little coffee booth was one booming place, I managed to snag myself a tasty soy latte, but they also had an assortment of syrups to choose from and were also whipping up some ice cold drinks in their Margaritaville blender, which is pretty sweet when it’s 30+ outside.
For lunch we picked up some yummy curried veggie wraps at Shamm’s Kitchen. Besides for the fresh fruits and vegetables there’s not much for vegan eats at the market but if wraps aren’t your thing, the veggie samosas at Shamm’s Kitchen are huge and delicious. I also picked myself up a bag of trail mix from Frontier Nutz & Fruitz to snack on.
Then I got to spend some time at my favourite booths, R.A.S.T.A. We had a nice chat with the owner, Lucie, and got to play with the pups (Pedro & Brutus).
And my whole reason for coming to the market, Taber corn! If you have never tried this delicious sweet corn then do yourself a favour and go get some now, right now! Otherwise it will be gone before you know it. Seriously, the line up to buy corn was ridiculous.
There’s hidden gems everywhere at the market and plenty that I haven’t mentioned here, so if you get a chance to make it out to Millarville, take some time and go discover your own. Or better yet, tell me what hidden gems are hiding in your neck of the woods.