One of my favourite thing to do when I have a Friday or Saturday off, is visit one of my local Farmer’s Markets. One of Calgary’s most bustling markets in particular, is called the Calgary Farmers Market. Original, I know.
There are many obvious things that come to mind when I think of the Farmer’s Market that I often pick up, such as preserves, pickled everything, jams, and fresh produce. However, something special about the Calgary Farmer’s Market is a little nook called Hearts Choices.
This vendor specializes in tasty Chinese and Thai style mock meats, frozen curries and sauces, etc. Everything at Hearts Choices is completely vegetarian, and a lot of it is vegan, which is clearly labelled. I come here every so often to stock up my fridge with some of my favourite items, such as the Vegan Kung Pao “Chicken”, Peppered “Beef” Steaks, and Citrus “Spareribs.”
I have sampled the curries and they are delightful, but only recently did I try the Yellow Curry at home. I was sick with a cold and my lovely roomie offered me some of Nan’s Yellow Curry she had tucked away in the freezer, and it gave me warm fuzzies and felt like home.
I have obviously listed some of my favourites, but if you have any doubts about which of their products you would like to take home, they offer like a million samples, guys. I have tried most of their vegan offerings (some are just vegetarian), but everytime I pop by I can’t help but treat myself to a sample of Nan’s curry or a citrus sparerib.
To top it all off, the staff is always delightful. I enjoy my run ins so much with Nan that one time I even felt compelled to bring them chocolate cupcakes when I knew I was going to the Farmer’s Market anyways. I can count the number of Calgarian small businesses I love that much on like one hand (if any of you are actually reading this, don’t worry, you’re one of them probably).