Stay in an ice hotel, attend a winter festival and wander through an ice castle.
Although it probably isn’t the biggest farmers’ market you’ve ever visited, you’ll find every inch of the newly renovated Grande Prairie Farmers’ Market worth the trip.
With over 70 indoor vendors, plus another 20 to 30 plying their wares streetside, you’ll not only find high concentrations of delicious food—from fresh carrots to tasty crepes—but also art, jewellery, flowers, wine, and a smattering of ‘unclassifiable’. (Hint: there’s a booth devoted to tutus, in case you forgot to pack yours).
A Little Bit of Everything
Browse through this densely-packed miscellany and you’ll find a whirlwind of tempting options. Woodwork masterpieces. Technicolor produce. Handmade jewellery. Artisan soap. Loose tea. Pies. All of this overlaid with dependable Grande Prairie friendliness and the aroma of warm bread.
You’ll fall in love with a few of the specialty items, like R & M’s Meats and Sausages—made according to a family recipe sealed many generations over—or your choice of honey from one of two super-sweet stalls, or maybe you’d prefer a bottle from en Santé Orchard Wines—a fearless vineyard that sells 100% Alberta wine and experiments with raspberry, cranberry, and apple-based liquors.
Food For All
Peckish? Unless you have an iron will, you’ll probably leave with more food than you can physically cook during your stay in sunny GP. Or, more likely, you’ll simply be stuffed. Most food vendors offer free samples, so you can whet your appetite gratis while wandering this menagerie of curios. (Plus, if you buy enough from the sartorial stalls, you might even be able to nab a second helping, disguised.)
Still hungry, you say? Not to worry. The renovations ushered in a modest food court that serves up eatables ranging from café items to jerk chicken to sushi. Or if you don’t want a full-blown meal, just grab a mocha and a seat by the window—a great people-watching vantage point. Especially weary? A visit to one of the Farmers’ Market’s massage parlours might be in order.
Worth the Trip
Whatever brings you to Grande Prairie, make tracks to the Farmers’ Market if you have some spare time. Or, if you don’t have spare time, make some.
Whether you bring away a full stomach, a piece of art, or just the memory of a nice afternoon, you’ll find a trip to the Grande Prairie Farmer’s Market time very well spent.
Photos by Cadence Mandybura & courtesy of the Grand Prairie Farmers’ Market