Cross-posted from Calgary is Awesome.
I'd missed the boat on Kingsland Farmers' Market over the summer, so when they finally opened their year-round market on Thursday, I quickly headed over the next day to check it out.
Not all of the vendors have moved in yet, and the market was quiet on a Friday afternoon, but Kingsland is already shaping up to be a great farmers' market. You might recognize some of the vendors from the Calgary Farmers' Market, like Lund's or Jammin' It, or even other locations in Calgary, such as Rustic Sourdough and Community Natural Foods. Even with the small number of vendors, you can already find a variety of goods, from local produce, meats, cheeses and wines, to sweet treats like gelato, jam, pies on a stick and macarons, to coffees and teas and arts and crafts.
I only picked up a few things on my short trip: two large, sweet carrots, a tiny butternut squash, some gorgeous Honeycrisp apples (my favourite variety) and a new-to-me fruit - 20th century pears - all from King's Orchard.
I also picked up some colourful bell peppers from a local greenhouse and a big bunch of kale from Lund's (half will be for kale chips and the other will be for dinner some time this week).
I was pondering what I wanted to eat for supper that night when the lady from Thai Manna called me over to her stall to sample her curries. She had three types - a not-so-red curry that had a pleasant kick, a mild green curry and a unique Massaman curry flavoured with cinnamon and cloves. She sold the curries as kits with curry paste, fish sauce, palm sugar, kaffir lime leaves, red chilies and coconut milk - all I had to do was add meat and vegetables. I picked up a small (meant for 2-3 people) red curry kit as I thought that B. would appreciate the spiciness.
I bought some extra-firm tofu at the grocery store (didn't want to mess with meat, but the fish sauce and the shrimp paste in the curry make it a non-vegetarian dish), added one of the carrots and a green pepper from the market and found an onion in the pantry. I added two of the red chilies and it was just hot enough that I found myself reaching for my water. A quick and delicious dinner!
Kingsland Farmers' Market
7711 Macleod Tr S
Calgary AB T2H 0M1
Open Thu-Sat 9 AM-5 PM; Sun 10 AM-4 PM.