Minus 21 degrees and the place was packed! Calgarians love and support their farmers and small businesses. Really great to see.
The owners of Kingsland Farmers' Market did a great job with both, promoting and renovating this former car dealer ship. The place is bright and light, the vendor mix is good, some natural changes will happen when minor vendors won't cut the mustard and more solid, more suitable vendors will come in. I am 100% certain that many businesses were sitting on the fence about this place with a wait see attitude. Me thinks the managers will get inundated with vendor applications after a weekend like this.
Personally I think that the CFM won't be able to reopen before end of March (though they keep saying February), the construction is not even close to being completed. This is a nice window in which this place can shine and find it's footing.
Of course I focused on GF offerings and you won't be disappointed. Primal Soups, a division of Primal Grounds is located right by the entrance and all they serve are GF Soups. Good ones to boot. Yesterday's Red Curry Coconut Soup blew the roof off. They also offer gluten free breads that looks very familiar to me....
M Macarons is there, Touch of India offers gluten free foods, pick up some Sushi, heck even the fancy pastry place will have some safe cakes to eat for you soon. Isabella loved the Gelato vendor, all but one flavor were GF. They also serve a mean coffee.
My favorite was a little vendor around the corner by the dining area that serves Indonesian food. Unfortunately their peanut sauce is not GF (yet), but it's a very exciting cuisine that is underrepresented in our parts of the world. Their Satay is very very good.
You Celiacs for sure made enough noise over the years and plenty of small businesses heard you and are catering to your needs. That should give you enough reasons to get your rear end out the door and to this newest market in Calgary. You'll love it.