Weekend Warriors: The Saskatoon Farmer’s Market

The Saskatoon Farmer’s Market has been a part of my family’s Saturday morning for as long as I can remember.

While spring through autumn produces the expected bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables, winter is still chockablock full of delicious and beautiful Saskatchewan-grown or produced goods.

It would be impossible to try and condense the Market into one post; instead, we’ll break it down into bite sized pieces showcasing the fabulous, edgy Saskatchewan entrepreneurs that make the Market rock.

First, the number one Farmer’s Market rule - go hungry.

The Prairie Pie Company and Cappuccino Bar is a great first stop – for obvious reasons.

Huge, hearty muffins feature combinations like Zucchini-Coconut-Chocolate and Lentil-Honey-Triple Fruit, while dainty tarts tempt with inspired flavors like Rhubarb-Cherry-Cream Cheese.

I settled on a hazelnut cappuccino with a bowl of warm Maple Baked Oatmeal sprinkled with pecans and sliced bananas, topped off with a splash of cold milk and a spoonful of brown sugar.

The portion sizes are generous, I was about three-quarters through when I took this picture. So good.

Bellies full, we set out to find a take-home treat we hadn’t tried before.  And as usual, we weren’t disappointed.  Meet Rosario, the proprietor and baker behind the devine ‘Enzomada’ buns .

Ensaymada is a Filipino sweetbread with Spanish origins; Rosario simplified the name to the more Canadian-friendly Enzomada – in part as a tribute to her son Enzo.  Rosario’s experience as a caterer in the Philippines led her to perfect the recipe for these massive buns.  Individually wrapped, each pillowy creation is lovingly handcrafted one at a time by Rosario and her children.

Imagine the perfect bun – springy, moist, slightly sweet, with that perfect tender texture that both sticks to your teeth and melts in your mouth.  After buying one Enzomada (a cranberry-whole wheat version that Rosario customized for North American tastes) we went straight back for a half dozen more of the original version – fluffy white sweetbread brushed with unsalted butter and lightly dusted with finely grated cheese and granules of white sugar.  Once again – so good.

Could have stayed and sampled all day, but Lilly’s Kashmir Handicrafts was calling, and my son’shockey practice was looming.

The beauty of the Saskatoon’s Farmer’s Market is that there’s always next time.

Saskatoon Farmer’s Market ~ 414 Avenue B South, Saskatoon SK ~ Phone: 306.384.6262  ~ Saturdays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. ~ Wednesdays – 11 a.m. –  5 p.m. ~ Market Merchants Open 5 Days a Week

 

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