Along with the excitement of Spring comes the excitement of food. Real food. Local food. Farmer's markets are re-opening for the season and it's got me feeling like a kid in a damn candy shop. Winnipeg has a few farmer’s markets spread across the city but I must admit that I am sometimes a twice a week visitor at one market in particular, Crampton’s Market. Crampton’s has been around since 1997 and is owned by Erin Crampton and Marc DeGagne who work their local loving butts off every season. This adorable market is located at 1765 Waverley, right on the corner of Waverely and Bishop. Erin and Marc’s market wins my heart over for several reasons and I am overjoyed to share them with you to celebrate their Grand Opening of 2017.
I believe Crampton’s greatest quality is availability. I am speaking as in both terms of business hours and the stock they provide.
Crampton’s Market is a gem of a fair that offers Winnipeg very convenient shopping hours. Monday to Friday they are open from 9am-8pm and Saturday and Sunday they open at 9am and close at 6pm. This makes it very easy for me to stop by and pick up those few fresh items I need for the week. If you also live in the south end of town or are in the area, take advantage of their flexible hours and check em' out.
- PRODUCE: Crampton’s Market has a network of over 100 Manitoba farmers creating the opportunity for the freshest seasonal foods that nourish our bodies and without any harm to our environment. This market has such an impressive stock that you will not need to make any other stops. If what you are looking for is local and in season, you will find it at Crampton’s. When the flourishing season for certain fruits and vegetables has not yet fully bloomed, Crampton’s imports organics from the most local point on the map as possible. For this reason, Manitoba farmers have been inspired and motivated to grow organic and spray free ever since Crampton’s has thrived. This in itself proves that we do in fact make a difference. We are the demand and our farmers are listening. Passionate companies like Crampton’s help us to be heard which is essential for changing the future of food.
FOOD BOX SUBSCRIPTIONS
Crampton’s is so passionate about local, spray-free, and organic farming that they have also partnered up with 12 fabulous farmers that implement these ideal growing measures to offer a CSA program. You can join in for a half share or a full share and rest assured that you and your family will be enjoying the highest quality of produce all season long.
The 2017 season is the best season yet to join in on the CSA action. This year, all proceeds of the box sales will be going towards providing free food boxes for Winnipeg families in need, specifically "new Canadian families." The owners are excited to share that for every 12 food share subscriptions sold, they will donate a box to a new family in need. Of course, the option to purchase a food box to donate directly to a family is always an option. Should you go that route, please know that Erin and Marc will match your donation as well.
You can read further details on this or sign up to become a CSA member [here].
- MANITOBA MADE GOODIES: Aside from local and colourful produce, this market carries an abundance of Manitoba made items. Some examples include in house made pasta, soups, granola, dips and spreads, and a personal favourite of mine-pickles (you must try the pickles…oh, and Bessie’s Tzatziki dip)!
- ANIMAL PROTEINS: Crampton’s Market carries ethically raised meats without the use of growth hormones, antibiotics, and animal by-product in their feed which is extremely important to consider when buying animal protein.
- BAKERY: Their in house bakery is to die for. I like to label myself as a professional bread connoisseur (I do, ask my husband) and Crampton’s bakery is just top notch. In this fresh corner you can find freshly baked loaves of homemade bread made with whole grains, pies worth indulging in, and pastries that will have you questioning any other bakery you’ve ever visited.
- ICE CREAM SHOP: July long weekend is the highly anticipated date in which Crampton’s opens their raved about ice cream shop. This shop has hard scoop ice cream but the most ordered treat is their real fruit ice cream. You can choose either chocolate or vanilla ice cream and combine it with frozen fruits in a frozen yogurt machine to create the best thing you’ve ever tasted. The fruit selection ranges from blueberries, raspberries, sour cherries, and bananas.
- EXTRA BONUS: Oh my! I almost forgot to mention! They can also make you fresh organic and fair trade coffee on the spot-just for you! Nothing beats shopping for beautiful produce with a rolling shopping basket in one hand and a fresh cup of coffee in the other; honestly, it’s paradise.
Many Winnipeggers ask me where I shop for my groceries. My answer during winter is (and in this order): Superstore or Sobey's, Costco, sometimes Bulk Barn, and random items from Vita Health.
My answer in summer is (again, in order): Crampton’s, Superstore/Sobey's, Costco and Bulk Barn. Hopefully I’ll have a chance this season to also make it to St. Norbert’s market because it is always a great experience full of great energy. (I actually live 2 minutes away and make it maybe once a year if that...pathetic, I know but again-it’s time and availability that is an issue).
Grand Opening pictures. Get your Manitoba Asparagus and wild harvested fiddleheads now while they last! Organic herb and veggie plants are also a start off for the spring season.