As our forefathers used to say, “A calm June puts the farmer in tune.”  They may well have been referring to the weather, but if they were referring to activity, then my, how things have changed!  Here at our farm, June is anything but calm.  In fact, it’s closer to crazy.  But the craziness has certainly left these farmers in great shape – for our new raspberries and strawberries are all planted, and our general field work is well underway.  Next up?  We’ll calmly move into market season!

Yes, as we said in last month’s newsletter, our outdoor seasonal markets are all planning to open and operate this summer in Alberta. We’re always excited about re-connecting with our many market customers around the province.  Our first markets will begin tomorrow, June 3rd, and continue through to October.  Almost every day of the week, we can be found in some part of the province, maybe even in your neighbourhood.  

Here is our complete weekly run-down.  You’ll find all the details, such as times and locations, in the links, and all starred markets begin THIS week: 

  • Airdrie Farmers Market – Wednesdays more info *
  • Red Deer Downtown – Wednesdays more info  *
  • Clearwater Farmers Market (Rocky Mountain House) – Thursdays  more info
  • Crossfield Farmers Market – Thursdays  more info
  • Olds Farmers Market – Thursdays more info
  • Sylvan Lake Farmers Market – Fridays more info  *
  • Strathmore Farmers Market – Fridays  more info
  • Okotoks Farmers Market – Fridays  more info
  • Lacombe Farmers Market – Fridays more info
  • St. Albert Farmers Market – Saturdays  more info  *
  • Rimbey Farmers Market – Saturdays more info  *
  • Bentley Farmers Market – Saturdays more info  *
  • Millarville Farmers Market – Saturdays   more info
  • Cochrane Farmers Market – Saturdays  more info  *
  • Bearspaw Farmers Market (Calgary) – Sundays  more info  *
  • Edmonton Callingwood Farmers Market – Sundays  more info  *

Whew! 

Please note that a few locations will be selected dates only, but most will have us putting in an appearance every week.  Details will always be on our Facebook page.
 
In addition, we may be ‘dropping in’ to the odd market around the province occasionally throughout the summer, so please watch for information on our FB and IG pages, as we’ll have all the current weekly information there.

It’s important to let you know that our market managers have outdone themselves this year with putting together a great market experience inside some much-changed AHS regulations.  Their outstanding job means that you can shop with confidence and not miss out on any great products that Albertans have to offer.  If you love Alberta products – growers, farmers, makers, bakers, artists – we hope you’ll visit.  There are lots of great new things to be discovered this summer, so come on out and #supportlocal.

And a reminder that the Winery is now open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 5 until the end of August.  If you love a drive in the country, be sure and head east on Highway #1 to Strathmore, then 10km south on Highway 817.  We’d love to see you this season.

And now to another great event in June – Father’s Day!

Do you have something planned for Dad on Father’s Day Sunday?  A Patio-Time visit perhaps? A curbside delivery, followed by FaceTime?  Regardless of how you celebrate, we’ve got you covered for the perfect gift. Come visit us at any of the markets or your local liquor store to pick up a delectable summer accompaniment to Father’s Day celebrations, whether it be virtual this year or in a patio chair.  From off-dry to sweet, we have something Dad will love.

And on Father’s Day weekend you can purchase a Saskatoon Berry Dessert Wine for 15% off at Calgary Farmers’ Market, Bountiful Farmers Market, at the winery, and on Sunday the 21st at Bearspaw Market and Edmonton Callingwood.  Fortified and flavourful, it’s the perfect after-dinner drink for the world’s greatest father.  He’ll love it.

So, that’s what WE’RE doing this month.  What about you’all?  If you haven’t already made some plans, here’s three suggestions for celebrating the first official month of summer:

Pencil in some patio time.   The four signs of summer:  pulling up a lawn chair, pulling out a favourite book, un-corking a fruit wine and enjoying the sunshine.  It’s so simple!

Visit a market.  In addition to the outdoor market activities, indoor ones like the Calgary Farmers Market and Edmonton Bountiful are gearing up for summer.  The produce is looking different, the flowers and plants are more beautiful than ever, the customers have changed into warm weather flip-flops.  Lots of great products, and some great wine to be picked up at the Field Stone booth!

Serve some Sangria.  Looking to celebrate the end of our ‘lockdown’ months?  Think about plunging into summer with both feet and serving up some sangria.  With a nod to the cherry blossoms of the season, how about this one:

Cheery Cherry Sangria
1 bottle Cherry Fruit Wine
4 oz. Wild Black Cherry Dessert Wine 
1 lemon
1 lime
1 peach
12 cherries, pitted & sliced
1 can club soda
Add the juice of 1/2 the lemon and 1/2 the lime to a pitcher.
Slice the peach, the cherries and the other 2 halves and add to pitcher.
Add wines and chill for at least an hour.
Add chilled soda just before serving.


It’s so yummy, and so easy.  (And PS:  frozen cherries work great too, especially Alberta sour cherries…)

And that’s it for this month.

Happy June, everyone!  Let the Summer Sipping begin.

 

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