July and August are exceptionally busy and expensive months for J & I as we have our anniversary and five immediate family birthdays all within a few weeks. As such, we have had to balance “extravagant” dates with ones that are more pocket-friendly and consequently, much more creative and in some ways ~ more fun! One idea that has proven to be more enjoyable than expected is checking out different farmer’s markets that pop up in the warm summer months. It is a feast for both your eyes and your tummy! There are a handful of markets to choose from in Calgary and one of the big ones has opened its new location on Blackfoot Trail. Here are some snapshots from our cheap & cheery weekend date:
Many small businesses have used the Farmer’s Market to launch and establish their brand. For example, you can now find Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roast at Chinook Mall. Pictured is a Calgary Farmer’s Market favorite, Simple Simon Pies.
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Our little weekend excursion was reminiscent of our grand adventure at an amazing Farmer’s Market in Florence, Italy called Mercato Centrale where we stocked up on handmade dried pasta, fragrant olive oil, rich balsamic vinegar, indulgent truffle salt, and ate savory grilled sandwiches while sipping on divine cappuccinos. Mercato Centrale is amidst San Lorenzo which is an outdoor market full of trinkets and Italian leather! After much haggling, we ended up leaving with two genuine Italian leather jackets for only (). Now that was a date to remember! While the food is all gone, we still have our memories and pictures:
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