Where to purchase pickles and preserves in Calgary

Age-old techniques for preserving summer’s bounty during the cold winter months, canning and pickling have seen a resurgence in popularity as a way to enjoy local produce year round. But what if you’ve just got to have your jams and pickles but don’t have the canning equipment or know-how? Satisfy your cravings in a pinch at these shops that sell local preserves, just like grandma used to make.

Edgar Farms

RR 3 Stn Main, Innisfail, AB T4G 1T8

Innisfail Growers operates a permanent stall at the Calgary Farmers’ Market that always boasts a rotating selection of canned goods produced by its five member farms. Pickle lovers will want to try the pickled asparagus and carrots from Edgar Farms. Other must-tries include The Jungle Farm’s Jungleberry Jam, the ingredients of which change annually based on the fruit available.

Pearson's Berry Farm & Homestyle Beverages

34463 Range Road 40, Red Deer, AB T0M 0K0

Pearson’s Berry Farm is known for its butter tarts and Saskatoon berry pies, but the farm also produces a large selection of spreads. In addition to Saskatoon berry jam, Pearson’s brings in fruit from outside the farm to make additional flavours that have proven quite popular. These include strawberry rhubarb, blackcurrant and chokecherry. You don’t have to drive to the Bowden farm to get these goodies – simply visit the Pearson’s stall at Crossroads Market.

A Little Taste of Country

14555 Symons Valley Rd NW, Calgary, AB T3R 1E7

Owners Richard and Betty Anne Horne pride themselves on offering all-natural Canadian products. Their stalls at Symons Valley Ranch, Crossroads Market and Market on Macleod are bursting with jams, jellies, pickles and preserves that include Vancouver’s Aji Gourmet Products hot sauces, Greaves Jams & Marmalades produced at Niagara on the Lake as well as dill pickles and hot beans from Abbotsford’s Goodies by Selma.

Community Natural Foods

1304 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0J2

Community Natural Foods carries a variety of unique, mostly organic preserves. Looking for local? Try the pickles, jellies and sauces from Lethbridge’s Saucy Ladies. Watching your sugar intake? Community Natural Foods carries Xyla, a line of sugar-free jams sweetened with xylitol. In the summer and fall, you will often find canning and preserving workshops that will help you take advantage of seasonal produce.

Sunterra Market

200 12 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0Z7

For the preserve connoisseur, Sunterra Market is the place for higher-end, gourmet jams, jellies and pickles, like Dave’s Hot Pepper Jelly, Stonewall Kitchen sauces and Maille pickles and mustards, among other famous but hard-to-find brand names. Among its multiple city locations, Sunterra Keynote features deli and fish counters as well as a third-level café and restaurant.

SPUD.ca - Calgary

#3 - 3200 14 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2A 6J4

Get your grocery shopping done in just a few clicks with SPUD, a grocery delivery service with a focus on local and organic goods. Some of the more unique products include local salsa and pickles from Gull Valley Greenhouses and Mojo Jojo, locally made tomato pepper chutney from Fraiche Desserts, flavoured sauerkraut from Californian company Wild Brine and organic, soy-free chickpea miso from Vancouver’s Feeding Change.

What better way to spend a hot, summer day than eating outside. Whether you prefer lying in the sun with a good book while getting your tan on, tossing around a Frisbee with a few friends or taking a daytrip out to the mountains for a hike, you need something to fuel your activities. Forget the trail mix, and hit one of these spots to fill your picnic basket. Image credit: iStock.com/Belic Elena.
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