Saturday, May 25th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

City Market 2013: Welcome Back to the Promenade!

Now that the City Market is back outdoors on the 104 Street Promenade, it finally feels like spring! I ended up missing my window to post about opening day last Saturday, so I thought I’d just combine the first two weeks in one post.

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Opening day

The weather was very cooperative last week, gloriously sunny skies providing the perfect welcome to vendors setting up shop on the street.

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Last week

Today was quite the opposite: overcast, windy, and eventually, rain. 

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This week

Due to the the Fox Towers construction, the market has been required to make some adjustments to their layout. Change is not always well-received, so I was eager to see how its new “T-shaped” configuration along 102 Avenue would look.

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102 Avenue

It turns out, the shift was better than I anticipated. The aisles were spacious and easier to navigate (the Avenue seemed wider than the Street), and the vendors we spoke with were happy with their new placements. Erdmann’s and Sunshine Organic anchor the 102 Avenue drag, which will hopefully encourage shoppers to tour both ends.

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Wide aisles

My only suggestion has to do with seating. Although it wasn’t an issue today because of the blustery conditions, it was quite obvious last week that the market could do with more tables and chairs. With musical buskers attracting crowds, and multiple prepared food vendors surrounding the market “plaza”, places to rest and linger were in short supply. I recognize this isn’t an easy problem to solve, with the challenge of on-site storage, but hopefully it is something that can be looked into.

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Plaza

In terms of vendors, it was great to see all of our favourites again, including Sundog Organic, Riverbend Gardens and Edgar Farms. But it was nice to see some new faces at the City Market as well, such as Heritage Baked Goods and their unique doughnuts. Without question, we ended up filling our shopping basket much too full – call it the spring reflex, where anything remotely green results in an impulse buy.

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Asparagus from Edgar Farms

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Rhubarb from Sundog Organic

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Spinach from Sundog Organic

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Onions from Sundog Organic

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Spring onions from Sundog Organic

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Microgreens from Sundog Organic

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Tomatoes from Gull Valley Greenhouses

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Cabbage from Riverbend Gardens

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Herbs from Riverbend Gardens

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Flowers from South Cooking Lake Greenhouses

It’s wonderful to have the market back on our doorstep. See you there next week!

  • Robyn

    I really like the new configuration of the market.
    It’s nice to do part of our shopping in the sun (well, last week anyway) instead of always in the shade of the buildings.