|Baba Jody’s Perogies||Savory: Cheeseburger perogies made with Alberta ground beef from Kolbs meats and cheese from Sylvan Star Cheese.|
Sweet: Chocolate coffee cheesecake perogies using coffee from Birdy Coffee Co. Dough is a family recipe, produced in Red Deer
|Babycakes Cupcakery||Catch the Currant Wave’ red currant icing topped on vanilla cupcake. Red currants from family farm, vanilla extract from Ella’s Pantry, eggs from Sparks Eggs.||$3.35/ea|
|Birdy Coffee Co.|
Blackbird Espresso Martini. Irvings Farm Fresh eggs, Ella’s Pantry cinnamon sticks, Troubled Monk Vodka, Disarrono syrup, Birdy Coffee Co.
|Craft Beer Commonwealth||Festival beer cocktail: Canadian Amber Field Belgian Ale Cocktail|
Belgian Ale is made with hops from Hard Hels Hops, malt from Red Shed Malting. Cocktail made with peach liquor from Troubled Monk, tbc spices from Ella’s Pantry. Oranges from BC.
|Field Stone Fruit Wines||SAMPLING ONLY:|
Special Sangria using their new blueberry wine.
|I Love Microgreens||Bison stew with root vegetables and herbs sourced at the market. Served on freshly made bannock.||$12 ($2 of each sale goes to Suicide Education charity in Red Deer)|
|Longhorn Eatery||Market Burger’ made with produce from Lacombe Fresh and Innisfail Growers, buns from Organic Ancient Grain Bakery and cheese from Luc’s European.||$15|
|Luc’s European Meats & Cheeses||Luc’s Alberta Graze Box. Contains fennel sausage which is a family recipe produced by Paolini’s in Calgary exclusive to Luc’s. The summer gouda is made by Alberta Pike in Innisfail. Angela’s olives produced in Calgary. Jelly from a small mom & pop operation in Strathmore.||$20|
|Neelam’s Kitchen||Chicken Tikka Platter. With chicken, garlic, onions, ginger, cabbage from the growers in the market. Butter and milk from Rock Ridge Dairy.||$7.99|
|Organic Ancient Grain Bakery from Dovganyuk||Mini Market Pizzas – dough made and stonebaked in the market. Topped with bacon bits from Irvings Farm and Seasonal vegetables sourced in the market.||$5|
|Reborn Baking||Wild Rose Chiffon Cake. Rose water from Ella’s Pantry in the market. Eggs from Sylvan Lake, Chocolate from Nuts About Chocolate.||$4.95|
|Taco Monster||Brisket taco made with Alberta beef, Monster sauce (which has alberta grown cilantro, onion, garlic) and cabbage. Option to add Pico de Gallo with Alberta tomatoes.||$4.50|
|The Wooden Shoe||Dutch Mix Plate (2 croquettes and 1 Frickandel with fries)… Using beef from Dutch Grill in Fort Macleod, wheat from Homestead Bakeshop in Fort Macleod, Eggs from Notenboomer Poultry, Pork from Livingstone Colony.||$12|
|Tropical Delights||Raspberry, rhubarb and haskap tart. Ingredients sourced from Red Lodge Farms and within our market.||$5/box of 4|
Living in Alberta, how many times do you think you have driven the QE2 between Calgary and Edmonton? Probably a lot, especially if you live in either one of those major cities. More often than not, you’ve probably also stopped at Gasoline Alley when in need of a fuel top up. What started as a private rest area with some gas stations just south of the Red Deer city limits has turned into a bustling commercial hub full of restaurants, retail shops and even a movie theatre.
Now they’ve got the best stop for foodies – the Gasoline Alley Farmers’ Market. A brand-new farmers’ market with over 50 local vendors, there is sure to be something for everyone in the car. From coffee to gelato to artistic blacksmithing to an onsite brewery, a whole day could easily slip away while you’re lost in the incredible bounty of local products. There’s so much to see (and taste!), you should probably start out at the Market Kitchen to grab some gourmet tacos from Taco Monster, or some pastries from Dovganyuk Organic Bakery to make sure you don’t get hungry while you explore.
A walk about the market will find Central Alberta staples like the Innisfail Growers collective, Irvings Farm Fresh pork products, and Shirley’s Greenhouse. Don’t feel like making dinner tonight? There are plenty of oven-ready items to choose from, like Baba Jody’s Homemade Perogies and Soup Time’s handmade artisan soups. They’ve even got dessert ready to go from Babycakes Cupcakery, Reborn Baking and Nuts About Chocolate by Shelley. And don’t forget the drinks! Not only do they have an onsite brewery in Craft Beer Commonwealth, but they also have local favourites like Troubled Monk, D&A Gardens and Tamarack Jack’s Meadery.
Opening up at the start of winter (and in the middle of a pandemic), was sure to throw up some challenges, but with the right group of vendors and unparalleled community spirit, the Gasoline Alley Farmers’ Market has been a bright spot for locals and visitors alike. Collaboration is really at the heart of their business – they are a “big market family” with vendors finding ways to combining other vendor products with their own to create unique market collaborations, like the butcher Kolbs Meats using Nixon Honey to create a honey pepperoni, or I Love Microgreens using pepperoni, cheeses and olives from Luc’s European to add an extra burst of flavour to their salads.
Once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the market will finally be able to make use of their event and workshop space, created to host all types of events, from cooking demos to art classes and anything else that can help to connect the community back to where their food comes from. Construction is now complete on their brand new patio space
The Gasoline Alley Farmers’ Market is open every Friday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.