Did you know that the St. Norbert Farmers' Market is 31 years old? And that it is Manitoba's largest farmers' market? It's no surprise then, that every Wednesday and Saturday of the summer, savvy shoppers flock here to fill up on local fare. Since the market can be a little overwhelming for the first timer, here are 6 things to look for on your next visit.
1. Fresh produce + flowers
Chances are, if you're going to a farmers' market, you're looking for some incredible fresh produce. There is an abundance of local farmers to choose from at the St. Norbert Farmers' Market, but this time we went with Paseschnikoff Gardens from Oak Bluff, Manitoba. Shop giant onions (sweet and red), corn, green beans, fresh flower bouquets and more.
Whether you're a seasoned tea connoisseur, or just getting started, Northstar Tea Co. is one to shop at the St. Norbert Farmers' Market. The company creates organic, original, fair trade tea blends that will delight your senses. I tried the Berry Pickers Delight iced tea – made with rose hips, elderberries, hibiscus, calendula and more. The tea is the sweetest they have on offer and makes for an excellent (and much healthier) alternative to sugary juice.
3. Empanadas + perogies
Barb's Kitchen is a staple at the St. Norbert Farmers' Market, serving up pre-baked roll kuchen, empanadas, panzerotti and perogies. These are great options for throwing in your freezer and having ready for delicious, easy meals throughout the fall and winter. I picked up the veggie empanadas and I'm officially hooked!
4. Vegan Jerky
One of the best things about shopping a local market is discovering products you won't find at your average grocery store. Vegan jerky, is one of those products. Made by Plant Power Foods, this unique snack is made from marinated and seasoned soy that is high in protein and gluten free. I highly recommend trying the spicy sriracha!
Spice up your honey life with something new from Border Hills Honey. Based in Roland, Manitoba, this local honey producer sells a variety of unpasteurized options: from jalapeno and saskatoon to chocolate and blueberry.
Not all vendors at the market have branding or even a business name; such is the case for this small pretzel stand. But oftentimes, these vendors have the yummiest products! If you happen to see this sourdough pretzel stand, be sure to stop in to try the dill and garlic variety.