As the Broadway song so aptly describes it, “June is bustin’ out all over!”
Here at Field Stone, June means that more seasonal markets are bustin’ out, and that means Alberta’s best-loved fruit wines move even closer to your door. Do you love summer outdoor farmers markets? Almost every day of the week, we can be found offering free tastings of our great summer wines in some part of the province, maybe even in your neighbourhood. We are happy to add several new markets this year! Here we go with our complete list:
Tuesdays: Grassroots Farmers Market now known as The Market at Deerfoot City: 3:30 to 7pm, northeast parking lot of Deerfoot Mall , Calgary. Through to September 27. A brand new location this year!
Wednesdays: Red Deer Downtown Farmers Market: 4 to 7pm, Little Gaetz Ave. from Ross to 48 Street. Through to October 5. Returning after a short absence!
Thursdays: Clearwater Farmers Market, Rocky Mountain House: 5pm to 8pm, The Brick Parking Lot or Main Street Downtown. Through to October 6. Our first time ever! Bridgeland Riverside Farmers Market: 3:30 – 7:30 pm, 917 Center Avenue (Bridgeland Riverside Park), Calgary. Through to September 29. So excited to be returning!
Fridays: Lacombe Farmers Market: 9am to 1pm, Parking Lot of Lacombe Arena. Through to October 7. Also returning after last year’s absence! Strathmore Farmers Market: 3 pm to 6:30 pm, Ag-Society Grounds (Blue Livestock Building Parking Lot), off Wheatland Trail. Through to September 23. (Selected dates only). Sylvan Lake Farmers Market: 4 pm to 7:30 pm, Railway Promenade, corner of 46 St. and 49 Ave. Through to October 7.
Saturdays: Cochrane Farmers Market: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, Cochrane Ranche Historic Site, north of Highway 1A , West of downtown. Through to October 1. Medicine Hat Farmers Market: 9 am to 1 pm, Cypress Center Fieldhouse/Pavilion, 2055 21st Avenue SE. Through to August 31. (Selected dates only). Millarville Farmers Market: 9 am to 2 pm. Location: Millarville Race Track, Range Road 30 (192nd Street) off Highway 22 South (SW of Calgary). Through to October 8. Bentley Farmers Market: 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Parking lot, Bentley Curling Rink. Through to September 3.
Sundays: Bearspaw Farmers Market: 10 am to 2 pm, Lions Hall Parking Lot, 25240 Nagway Road (off Bearspaw Road, north of Highway 1A, just west of the Calgary City Limits). Through to October 2.
In addition, Field Stone continues to operate its year-round booths at the Calgary Farmers Market and the Grande Prairie Farmers Market every weekend.
We hope you make visiting a market a regular part of your summer’s activities this year. All these fine markets offer exceptional Alberta products and interesting growers, farmers, makers, bakers, and artists. There are weekly events too numerous to mention, for every member of the family to enjoy. You won’t be disappointed if you #ShopLocal!
Of course, June is also bustin’ out with Father’s Day celebrations. And what is the perfect gift to accompany those celebrations? Well, in our humble opinion, that would be Field Stone’s Wild Black Cherry Dessert Wine! Crafted from 100% Alberta chokecherries, this port-styled, fortified dessert wine is a perfect after-dinner drink for Dad, with a uniquely rich and complex flavour. However, if you are serving Daddy-O on the patio, you may want to consider shaking it up into a martini, a wine spritizer, or serving it over ice. No matter how you present it, Wild Black Cherry Dessert Wine is a sure winner on Father’s Day.
As an added bonus, at Calgary Farmers Market this weekend, we will be offering 15% off each bottle. A great time to try it!
The winery is bustin’ out this month with the opening of our On-Site Wine Store. Feeling like a leisurely drive in the country? Come on out for free tastings on Saturday or Sunday, between 11 and 5. You’ll want to enter our draw for a free case of wine – to be drawn at the end of the season.
Finally, Field Stone continues to be bustin’ out into wine stores in your communities. We welcome these new stores to the Field Stone family this month:
Sobey’s Liquor Kingsway – 11436 106 Street
Sobey’s Liquor Beaumaris – 15353 Castledowns Road
Sobey’s Liquor Meadowbrook – 3803 34 Street
Sobey’s Liquor Millwoods Common – 5221 23 Avenue
Sobey’s Liquor Lewis Estates – 1026 Webber Greens Drive NW
In St. Albert:
Sobey’s Liquor Summit – 10, 585 St. Albert Trail
In Red Deer:
West Park Liquor – 3722 57 Avenue
We’re thrilled to offer more shopping options to our Edmonton and Red Deer customers. Welcome!
In spite of the vast length of this newsletter, before we go, we just have to leave you with one of our favourite summertime recipes: Strawberry-Rhubarb Wine Slushie. Who doesn’t love a slushie? Have you seen all those strawberries at the markets already this season? Add some wine – it doesn’t hurt them one bit!
2 cups strawberries
1 bottle Strawberry-Rhubarb Fruit Wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Process in blender. Pour into a shallow pan and freeze for 30 minutes. Flake with a fork. Repeat three times.
Divide into glasses. Let thaw til slushy consistency before serving.
It’s that easy!
Watch our Facebook Page and Twitter feed all summer long for many more wonderful summer drink recipes. As we say around here, “With Fruit Wines, the possibilities are endless”!
And that’s all for June! Whatever you do to bust out this month, we hope it includes the delicious tastes of Field Stone fruit wines.
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