So I know this is old news, but I haven't had a chance to visit the new Kingsland Farmer's Market until today. When I went, it was bustling, but also highly organized and clean with a nice wood-on-white aesthetic. Comfortable, intimate, but busy and diverse. My verdict is:
Location -- very close to downtown, which helps.
Fantastic parking -- I believe the market is set up on the grounds of an old car dealership.
And a few more notable aspects about the market:
-A DELICIOUS Mexican food stand (The tomatillo salsa is wonderful. Absolutely recommend. There are also chorizo tacos, carnitas or chicken enchiladas with a green poblano and cheese sauce, and an interesting chipotle cranberry salsa)
-Superb Indonesian food stand that I also HUGELY, hugely recommend! My chicken satay with saffron rice and fresh veggies was quite yummy, served with an addictive spicy garlicky-chili sauce on the side. They also have juice boxes of jasmine tea and bottles of coconut-passion fruit juice. Yum!
-There are several Mediterranean food stands with hummus, tapenades, marinated olives/veggies, pickles, etc. Two pizza stands with yummy gluten-free pizza, a stand with homemade perogies and ready-made gluten-free salads (tabbouli, quinoa, barley/rice, potato, etc.) There is also an ingenious idea for boxed curry portions in small and large sizes: they hand you the stock (to keep or freeze), bags of rice, a can of regular or light coconut milk, and packets of cane sugar and fish sauce. 3 different curries which were all truly delicious (I sampled them all).
-Cheese stands, local meat and cured meat stands
-At least 4 or 5 organic, local produce companies with colored and sweet carrots, heirloom tomatoes, fruit, milks (cow, sheep, goat) and even homemade butter
-Selection of gluten-free bread loaves, mainly found at the soup stand with a marvelous array of frozen soups (vegan, savory, chowders, etc. I bought the last carrot coconut ginger soup to freeze.)
-Tons of options if you have a sweet tooth. Bakeries with saskatoon berry pies and desserts, baklava, irresistable cookies, cheesecake, key lime pie, an amazing looking bread pudding, macarons (M from the old farmer's market), a stand for yummy Argentinian alfajores (gluten-free ones, too) and a crepe stand with drool-worthy cakes, tarts, French pastries & brulees. Gluten-free desserts and sugar-free desserts for you Calgary celiacs and diabetics.
-Community Natural Foods also has a stand. I know there are a few mixed opinions about this, but I think it's a great idea. Hopefully CNF will help bring more attention, business, and profit to this lovely market. Some of the items stocked include: an assortment of organic spices, seeds and nuts, organic/gluten-free flours and baking supplies, frozen pre-made meals like a pumpkin spinach cheese lasagna, a selection of granolas and snacks... even molasses and what looks to be local honey by the gallon. Not bad!
-A "gourmet salad" stand with delicious fruit dressings and an *amaaazing* pomegranate vinaigrette
-A small chocolate stand, stands for juice & smoothies, a small nursery stand with house plants & fresh flowers, stands for natural body products, clothing & artisan items.
And loads more that I'm sure I haven't listed.
Even though this market was smaller (read: cozy), I found it had much more that I was interested in buying than even the original farmer's market did. I enjoyed this as a fantastic alternative while we are waiting for Calgary Farmer's Market (ABC Farmers) to open in Blackfoot.
For those of us who live nearby, Kingsland is an excellent go-to farmer's market for weekends when you don't have time to travel across the city. If they were open everyday, I would make this market my regular grocery stop. I think it's great! Can't wait to hear your thoughts if you have also been recently.
Kingsland Farmer's Market
7711 Macleod Trail S, Calgary, AB T2H, CA