Yesterday afternoon, after a side trip to visit the Theatre by the River garagesale, I took a trip up to the Farmer’s Market in St. Norbert. Before talking about the market itself, I have to say I really appreciated the way the new rapid transit system from Winnipeg Transit, accommodated my trip. Not only was the trip reasonably quick, but my transfer allowed me to make the trip on one fare, which is always a bonus when traveling by bus.
The market itself contains a wide variety of vendors, both of food and of arts, crafts, and occasionally, furniture. I can’t afford the furniture, and arts & crafts hold no real appeal for me, so my visit was concentrated on the food. As a tip, if you wish to get fresh produce, arrive early, as by the time I got there around 2pm, the selection was greatly reduced and much of what was there, was beginning to wilt significantly.
Of course not all the food was sold out, there were also a lot of baked goods and other selections to choose from.
I made purchases from two of the stalls at the market. The first was a package of farmers sausage from Funk’s Meats. I really liked this sausage, as it had a mild flavour with a gentle smoked accent to it.
The other place I made a purchase from was The Bread Lady. The Bread Lady is Natalie Dueck. Natalie and her husband Jason are friends of mine from back at the time when we attended the same church. As the name of the stall indicates bread is the main product on sale, but Natalie also sells a variety of snacks, including her award winning Chocolate Hemp Snackers.
The snackers are thin and kind of chewy. They have a gentle sweetness that come from the blue agave nectar and dates. I ate two of the thin wafers while I was waiting for the bus back to downtown, and they provided a nice lit energy boost for me. I also picked up the Vegan Omegan and Crushed Flax breads. Both of these are good, hearty bread. The Vegan Omegan is good if you wish to get some of your omega oils from a source other than fish. It also contains blackstrap molasses which come through strong but not overpowering.
Natalie uses certified organic ingredients when possible, with an emphasis also on local and sustainable ingredients as well. Leftover bread doesn’t go to waste either, as Natalie and her family donate it to the South East Helping Hands food bank in Steinbach.
Of course, if you want to grab something to eat as you wander around the market there are plenty of opportunities to do that as well. Below is a picture of a spring roll truck, but there are also burger, perogies, even Danny’s Whole Hog. If you need to wash it down, there’s homemade lemonade among your choices. I ended up picking up a fine cup of Bolivian Dark Roast coffee, from the Green Bean Coffee Imports tent. It was Organic, Fair Trade and delicious.