I know I talk a lot about the downtown Edmonton City Market, but one of my other favourite local farmers’ markets is out in St. Albert. Open every Saturday until October 9, the city closes down a couple of streets to traffic so that the St. Albert Farmers’ Market can take over the space.
St. Albert Farmers' Market
It’s so popular that they even have shuttle buses running to ferry people to the market.
crowds on a sunny day
There is a section for food like donuts, popcorn, hot dogs, lemonade, etc. set up right next to city hall.
While some of the stands are also present at the City Market or the Old Strathcona Market, the St. Albert one has quite a few booths that are unique. The Cinnamon Girl’s booth is always crowded and stock sells out quickly.
Fancy Shmancy sells delcious mini brownies of various flavours, as well as a great cookie. I can’t resist stopping here whenever I come to this market.
Fancy Shmancy's baked goods
Growing up in Alberta, it’s hard not to be exposed to Ukranian foods. In elementary school we even went to the Cheemo perogy factory for a tour and free samples. That sure was a fun school day.
Shumka Ukrainian Foods has had a location inside Kingway Garden Mall’s food court as far back as I can remember. Over the years they’ve branched out; first they started to sell frozen perogies and other items. More recently in the last few years they opened up a small restaurant in the north end of the city. A family member told me about a family meal deal they had at the north end location, so back in January I thought I’d check it out.
As you can see by the photo, there are a lot of items that come with the meal. You can adjust the amounts of each item depending on your personal taste. Clockwise starting on the far left, I ordered perogies, nalysnyky (a Ukrainian crepe with dill and cheese, pronounced na-lish-na-key) and cabbage rolls. Each meal also gets a choice of meat such as the kobassa sausage (far right) or chicken. I also added a side of sauerkraut, sour cream for the perogies, and tomato sauce for the cabbage rolls.
The food tasted exactly like the ones served at the mall location, which made me a happy camper. Too bad this kind of meal isn’t something I can eat all the time!
Shumka Ukrainian Foods
Namao Centre, 16520-95 St.
Kingsway Garden Mall, 109 St. & Princess Elizabeth Ave.