On Thursday, June 11, the sun was shining during the first Canmore Mountain Market of the season. Vendors from Canmore and the surrounding area came to peddle their wares, drawing crowds of locals and tourists alike.
The Raven and The Fox provided entertainment, filling the market with singer Julie Chang’s melodious voice and acoustic guitarist Sean Isaac’s accompaniment. The duo played a few of their original songs and covered bands including Guns N’ Roses and Damien Rice.
Spring brings an abundance of new seasonal fruits and vegetables, which were out in force. Fresh and colourful produce filled every corner of the market. Favourites like crunchy sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and black kale sat beside baskets of beautiful strawberries, raspberries, cherries and grapes. Interesting additions include garlic scapes and heirloom eggplants.
Inviting plates of samples enticed patrons to bring home tasty treats, from fruit and beef jerky to cheese and imported balsamic reductions and olive oils. There’s nothing better than trying before you buy!
Street food lovers rejoiced at the availability of fresh Indian curries, hot dogs, gelato and sushi to eat while browsing the vendors. Families were strewn across grassy areas enjoying picnic lunches and basking in the sunshine.
Wide arrays of handmade goods were on sale, appealing to young and old. Jewelry in a variety of styles is sprinkled throughout the vendor tents, while unique items like hand sewn pillows from St. Brendans and fair trade purses with Ghanaian flare from Big Blue Moma provide distinctive gift ideas.
With tables filled with beautiful handmade glass bowls, plates and keepsake dishes, my favourite vendor was Gorgeous Glass. Local to Canmore, the artist clearly took care to create each piece, as the colours were striking and the endless possibilities for what could be stored in each one was intriguing.
The Canmore Mountain Market (known colloquially as the farmers’ market) takes place every Thursday until October 15, next to the Canmore Civic Centre Plaza right in the heart of downtown on 7th Avenue.
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