The South Osborne Farmer’s Market Rocks with local honey, fresh veggies, free parking, Salvadorean tamales, Artisan breads…

I am embarrassed.  We have lived in South Osborne for two decades.  We got tired of the hassle of the St Norbert Market with the paid parking, the lineups and sometimes wondering if the veggies were local or coming out a box from the suppliers.  We wanted something a little simpler.  The fact that it was a short walk away from our house is why the head is held in shame today…but never again.

There is free parking.  That is a plus.  Mind you, it was busy.  You might have to walk a half block.  Several stalls selling fresh local veggies – corn, every kind of beet, beans, tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli (and more).  A stall with nothing but Artisan bread.  After your shopping, you can sit down and listen to the free music with a pint from one of Winnipeg’s microbreweries, Half Pint.  There is also fresh lemonade.  If you are hungry, check out the Salvadorean food truck with its tamales, tacos, empanadas, etc.  I say ‘etc’ because I can’t remember everything on their blackboard.  Next time, I will take a photo. There are the usual soft drinks and hot dogs, speciality coffees, a few jewellers stalls, and one that had ceramics.  I apologize if I really missed anyone.  But, you have to have a favourite and the young lady who has the bees on Beresford and produces South Osborne Honey gets my vote.  I hope that the bees who come to visit our Cosmos are hers!  And, by the way, this South Osborne honey is a lovely yellow with a delicate flavour reminding me of lavender.

Author: maryannsteggles

I am a Professor at the School of Art, University of Manitoba where I teach art history and studio ceramics. My current research is on the history of Canadian wood firing, the marginalization of women within ceramics, and the impact of Vietnam era migrants on the history of Canadian ceramics. You can reach me at my e-mail address: maryann.steggles@umanitoba.ca

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