City Market Downtown on 104 St vendor profile: Lily Aitch Décor

carnationspearlsWhat kind of products do you sell?
I specialize in a very rare form of embroidery called Punch, creating blankets, bibs and hand towels. Punch is unique in that it is extremely durable, colourful, and washable. I can create a design of almost anything you can think of that will last for generations.

 I also make Dried Floral Shadow Boxes. I have my own gardens and I also maintain 2.5 acres of garden at Windsor Glenn, an outdoor Wedding facility in Sherwood Park. I collect mountains of flowers and dry them in a manner that maintains their fresh picked brilliance and shape. The flowers are then mounted in shadow boxes with re-purposed jewelry, doll house miniatures and anything else I find. These are truly unique and beautiful pieces of art.
What is it about your products that make you different from other vendors?
Ceramic Tile Coasters are just plain fun! These represent my tribute to everything that I love from antiques to nature to pop-culture. I have hundreds designs ranging from beautiful to fun and funny. Each tile is treated with three separate layers of coating to withstand the moisture of a cold glass and the heat of a warm mug.Because these are actual wall tile I can also make them to order in bulk for wall mounting.
How did you get your start?
I’ve been doing Punch Embroidery for 32 years now. My first project was a blanket for my son. He then handed this blanket to his son and  we still have it ready to hand down to the next generation. I am Dutch so flowers have been a part of me my entire life. I’m passionate about my gardening and began selling the fruits of that in recent years. I started making tiles last season just because they are so expressive and fun. I love it when customers stop by my stall and get excited  seeing something they are passionate about in a unique inexpensive form.
Why do you sell your product at the City Market Downtown?
City Market has an atmosphere like no other market! Every Saturday around 6 a.m. two ordinary streets are transformed. Tents go up, tables and product are carefully displayed, and by 9 a.m. we’ve built a mall with 200 stores. It is a culture unto its self filled with great fun, great food, and fantastic entertainment.
If you wanted customers to know one thing about your product, what would it be?
My products are a labour of love. I live in each piece during their creation and make them to last. It gives me great joy when they brighten a customers life too.

City Market Downtown on 104 St vendor profile: Dolce and Banana

Dolce & Banana - Food Truck“I’m always around food”

What kind of products do you sell?
Grilled panini, specialty sandwiches, fresh homemade pasta, pizza, Italian pastries and dessert, homemade Italian sodas and smoothies and specialty coffees.

How did you get your start?
For the past 10 years, I have been working with my mom selling homemade Italian products at various farmers’ markets in and around Edmonton under the business name “Pasta By Caterina.” The opportunity was right to branch off and start my own venture with a brand new foodtruck called “Dolce & Banana.”

What is it about your products that make you different that other vendors?
I am Edmonton’s only Italian food truck specializing in fresh homemade pasta, authentic panini, such as Porchetta sandwiches, and pizza, Neapolitan style.

Why do you sell your product at the City Market Downtown?
I believe the City Market Downtown to be the best market around.  I have been a vendor since it started on 104st and will continue to be a vendor for as long as I can.

If you wanted customers to know one thing about your product, what would it be?
My goal is to take you on a culinary journey through Italy.

Taste of Edmonton kicks off 2014 food extravaganza on 104 st

TasteOfEdm_Logo_ColourThis is it! Taste of Edmonton is excited to be announcing the launch of Taste 2014 Saturday, June 14 at City Market Downtown! Come check out their tent by Sobeys and learn about all the exciting new features of Taste 2014 and test drive some of the new restaurants, when five of the 12 new Taste of Edmonton restaurants will be at the event, with a different restaurant serving up free samples each hour, on the hour from 10am-2pm. Quantities are limited, so make sure you don’t miss out!

City Market Downtown and Taste of Edmonton are working together this year to provide fresh, local product for some of Taste’s workshops and pop-up dinners in Sip ‘n Savour. So what’s new for them this year? Tonnes! From culinary adventures and workshops to new dishes and amazing entertainment, Taste isn’t holding back for 2014!

“We are proud to be a sponsor of Taste of Edmonton this year, as we were last year,” says Dan Young, bison farmer and board chair of the Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Association. “We believe that Taste 2014, and many of the featured restaurants, share our priorities in bringing, fresh, local products to market, and to our customers table. And, when the Taste 2014 chefs cook with the products supplied by our vendors, the meals are sure to be delicious.”

Taste of Edmonton representatives will also be on-site selling presale Taste tickets (at a 20 percent discount!) and tickets to workshops, adventures, and pop-ups, while providing information about this year’s festival. The presale discount is good until July 16, and will be available all day on 104 St and, after June 14,  at Tix on the Square or by visiting tasteofedm.ca.

“Events Edmonton is excited to partner with City Market and to be able to expose local chefs and everyone who attends the festival to the local products Edmonton has to offer,” says Paul Lucas, Taste of Edmonton general manager. “We’re really proud to be part of the local food scene, and we can’t wait for Taste of Edmonton 2014.”

So come down to the market, have a bite, grab some produce, and learn all about this year’s Taste of Edmonton.

 

City Market Downtown vendor profile: The Jam Lady

jam ladyWhat kind of products do you sell?

We sell jams, jellies, marmalades, hot pepper jellies, mustards, horseradish relishes, chutneys, pickled veggies in season.

How did you get your start?

We started in 1991 in Calgary. We always were farmers market shoppers and interest evolved into a lifestyle change and we started our agri-business. We are starting our 24th season in
Alberta and are selling to the third generation of cusomters!

What is it about your products that make you different that other vendors?

One customer was asked by another customer at our booth one Saturday, “how would you describe one particular mustard?” The answer was, “life changing … and, by the way, since that is the last jar of that mustard, it’s also ‘sold”!

Why do you sell your product at the City Market Downtown?

We have always enjoyed the feel of the city market and its customers, and it best aligns with our core values and schedule.

If you wanted customers to know one thing about your product, what would it be?

We reach out to many different individual preferences. Not everyone eats jam, so we feature a variety of products that our family also enjoys eating as well. Some are heritage recipes and others are new and innovative. We listen and we care about we do, so try some, you’ll be a believer!

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