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Cochrane Farmers’ Market

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The town of Cochrane sits in the beautiful Bow River Valley, between Calgary and Banff.  Growing rapidly because of its proximity to Calgary, Cochrane still retains a small town vibe although it’s now home to more than 20,000 people.   The region was originally developed as a ranch, as was much of the western Alberta prairies, and the farmers’ market is still held at the Historic Ranch Site (which you can explore when you’re done with your visit to the market).

While it’s only held during the summer months, the Farmers’ Market is very enjoyable.  It’s busy, but not too crowded, and features locally grown produce and handicrafts, as well as popular food vendors.  You’ll find items here you don’t see …

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Vail Farmer’s Market

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During the summer months there’s a nice Farmers’ Market in Vail every Sunday.  It’s situated on the north side of Gore Creek, on Meadow Drive, in close proximity to the town’s large parking structure.  It compliments the nearby Minturn Market which is held on Saturday and many of the vendors from that smaller but more compact Minturn Market also show up at Vail.

The Vail market is, at least to my impression, significantly larger than the Minturn Market, although not its not as compact and fun to navigate.  It features seasonal produce which mostly is grown in eastern and western Colorado.  Not too much food is grown at the high elevation of Vail which sits at around 8200 …

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Palermo’s Vucciria Market

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The most famous of Palermo’s four main markets is the Vucciria market.  The market’s name is derived from the Sicilian language, wherein Vucciria means “voices”.  Interesting…a market named for the sound of those bartering and dealing.  You’ll find this market, which winds through the curving graffiti-covered streets around Piazza San Domenico, in the heart of Palermo’s historic district.

The Vucciria market is open every day except Sunday, from dawn until about 2 pm.  You’ll find all kinds of fresh produce, seafood, meats and grocery items.  Souvenirs, household goods and handcrafts are also for sale.  A market has been held on these streets for at least 700 years.

My wife and I had looked forward to strolling through the Vucciria market because of …

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Calgary Farmer’s Market

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Farmer’s markets in regions that have four seasons are, as you’d expect, different in character than those you find in tropical climates.  Harvest is seasonal, so the best times to visit them is during the summer and early fall.  Many Farmers’ markets in North America are only open during the summer months, shuttering for the winter.  But not so for the larger markets in big cities.

Those markets that are open all year round need to adapt to the changes in the season.  Most will be in an enclosed building which can be heated when needed (and which keeps you dry and cool in the summer, too).  The local produce in the winter season is much more limited and includes produce …

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“Pic of the Week”, September 11, 2015: Dinner at the Boulder Farmers’ Market

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My son is a doctoral student in physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, so I’ve had the opportunity to visit this small college city several times recently.  Last year we attended the lively Boulder Farmers’ Market on Saturday, which you can read about at this link.  This year we went to the Wednesday evening market specifically for dinner.

We’d heard rave reviews about the tamales at the market so that’s what everyone had,  and they did not disappoint, especially smothered in a tasty chile (mild or hot) sauce.  Like hundreds of others at the market, we took our dinner into the nearby park and sat on a bench munching on our tamales and drinking fresh squeezed lemonade.  It was …

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Granville Island Public Market, Vancouver, B.C.

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One of my favorite markets anywhere is the Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver.  Situated on a piece of reclaimed land, it’s become a peninsula and is an island in name only.  It adjoins False Creek and Burrard Inlet south of downtown Vancouver and is one of those places everyone visiting Vancouver for a few days should see.  It’s not the prettiest setting, not the fanciest facility, but is a colorful venue with a wonderful assortment of food and eateries, and personable vendors (you’d expect no less from Canadians, eh?)

In the early 1900s, Granville Island was an industrial setting and not at all gentrified.  The island was home to factories, plants and sawmills.  After the second World …

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Boulder County Farmers Market

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One of the best Farmers Markets I’ve ever been to is Boulder’s, the largest in Colorado.  The Market focuses on locally grown vegetables, fruit, meats, flowers and wines, sold by the farmers that actually produce them.  There’s also great selection of prepared and cooked food you can enjoy right at the market from local bakers and restaurateurs.  Very few crafts for are for sale, a noteable difference from many of the Farmers Markets I patronized while visiting Colorado.

The Boulder Market began in 1987 and  has expanded over the years to include a second site (Longmont), and has over 150 participants.  The Market is held Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

The following photos reflect what was available in Boulder the first Saturday in September.

 

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St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

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I’ve a fondness for visiting Farmers’ Markets in my travels.  One of the finest markets I’ve ever been to is the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto.  This market was recognized by National Geographic as the “world’s best food market” in 2012.  It’s one of two main markets in Toronto, the other being the Kensington Market.

The quality of the food in the market is superb.  Extremely fresh produce, meat, seafood and a wonderful assortment of cheeses and baked goods.  Much of the food is locally grown, often in farms north of Toronto but also the Niagara peninsula, and it’s supplemented with seafood from the maritime provinces and St. Lawrence seaway.  Many of the cheeses are made in Quebec but there are …

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