Saskatoon berry season is upon us.

From our Facebook page – Saskatoon berry season is upon us.

Don’t let the name fool you…

From our Facebook page – “Don’t let the name fool you – it’s strawberries that make these bars pink. A wonderful summertime treat!

The first 2014 customer appreciation day

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 marked the date of our first customer appreciation day for this season – a wonderful gift basket full of vendor goodies was raffled off to a lucky winner and free treats including cookies, refreshing watermelon slices and candy for the kids were also given away. We also had three different buskers on-site for this customer appreciation day whose musical additions really added to the festival-like atmosphere.

All in all, a great sunny and very warm day for our customers to come out and visit our market and our vendors – a big thank you to every customer who came out today because you are truly the glue that keeps this all going…

The first 2014 customer appreciation day

On the web, social media and more

So yes, we have this web site but we also have other presences on the web (internet) including our Facebook page and our Twitter page.

We also have a Twitter list (link) which brings together in one place, tweets from any of our vendors who have a Twitter profile.

We’re also listed on the 2014 Calgary & Area Farmers’ Market Map (link) which highlights a number of Calgary and area markets.

We’ll update this post with handy tid bits of information as we happen upon them.

Tasty samples

Samples – our wonderful vendors are always giving out tasty samples.

Good Stuff Maple…
Good Stuff Maple taste testing

Artichokes – an undiscovered delicacy

The globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus), also called “French artichoke” and “green artichoke,” derives its common name from the northern Italian words articiocco and articoclos. This latter term is supposed to come from the Ligurian word cocali, meaning a pine cone.

The artichoke is a perennial in the thistle group of the sunflower family and is believed to be a native of the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. In full growth, the plant spreads to cover an area about siz feet in diameter and reaches a height of three to four feet. The “vegetable” that we eat is actually the plant’s flower bud. If allowed to flower, the blossoms measure up to seven inches in diameter and are a beautiful violet-blue color.

They are available twelve months a year with the peak season in the spring and fall. There are more than 140 artichoke varieties but less than 40 are grown commercially. Today most artichokes grown worldwide are cultivated in France, Italy, and Spain, while California provides nearly 100 percent of the United States crop. One hundred percent of all artichokes grown commercially in the United States are grown in California. Artichoke fields are maintained in perennial culture for five to ten years. Each cropping cycle is initiated by “cutting back” the tops of the plants several inches below the soil surface to stimulate development of new shoots. The operation called “stumping,” is timed to regulate the new harvest season.

More information can be had here on the artichoke.

Hello world!

Welcome to the new web site of the Grassroots Northland Farmers’ Market. New features include a blog which will be regularly updated with all kinds of great features, a link to our Facebook page which is also regularly updated as well as newly added search functionality.

We will also be adding pictures of all of our vendors and the products that they sell so as to give our web site’s visitors an idea of what awaits them at our market.