“Summer” The word itself conveys warm breezes, lazy days basking in the sunshine on a local patio,sipping on a fruity cocktail, and the many, many Edmonton festivals to enjoy! Oh how we enjoy this shortest of seasons and its limitless possibilities. So many fun and interesting things for a mother-daughter duo to do! We have been busy gallivanting all over town and the surrounding area. The best part? We’re only halfway through!
Farmers’ Markets and Fruit Picking Galore!
All the local Farmers’ Markets have been bursting with fresh produce. August brings with it even more bountiful ripeness. We’ve been enjoying the fruits of our amazing farmers and growers’ labour. We’ve been to the Downtown Market on Saturdays and its’ new Sunday location (due to the LRT expansion, the Downtown Market will be permanently moving away from 104 street Saturdays and Sundays), the constantly growing 124 Street Grand Market’s two locations, and the brand new Bountiful Market in its’ bright indoor southside spot, and the Saint Albert Market just to name a few. (Please see upcoming events for a list of local Farmers’ Markets)
Last week we enjoyed a wonderful Saskatoon Berry picking and pie baking trip courtesy of Fifendekel’s. Ali had never baked a pie from scratch before. This was quite the fun experience. We were whisked away by Limousine and treated along the way to a variety of tasty Fifendekel sandwiches made with their house roasted beef, turkey and ham. These meats were served between slices of their daily-made, moist and flavourful sunflower seed bread. So yummy!
We arrived at Alberta Country Orchards, which belongs to the Thiel’s Greenhouses family. There, we learned all about the different varieties of Saskatoons. Then we were let loose in the orchard to fill our individual buckets, and stomachs, with juicy purple berries. This berry can be used in so many different ways. We were spoiled with samples of Saskatoon ice cream and spread. So much deliciousness! Then we returned to Fifendekel where we got to use our berries and prepare homemade pies using their famous crust! We all got to take them home to bake them. Mmm!!!
If you are interested in picking Saskatoons or any other fruit and vegetable, there are many farms and orchards offering you this experience. Alberta Open Farm Days is coming up soon. That’s a great opportunity to visit farms and pick your own produce. If you can’t make it for this, please see our upcoming events page for a list of local U-Picks.
**Country Orchards will have Saskatoons available for picking until August 21. Call Malcolm at (780) 974-3099 to book a time.
Picnics in the Park
An activity we love to do together and as a family is going on picnics in one of our many local parks along the North Saskatchewan River. Our favourite location is at Government House Park just off Victoria Road. What we like about that specific location is that it has paved trails, lots of picnic tables, BBQ’s (bring your own wood/briquettes), benches and port-a-potties. Best thing about it too? It is right on the river front with lots of space to see the river from your picnic spot. It is a well used park. Lots of joggers, bicyclists and boaters to watch. On-leash dogs allowed.
A special trip to the Italian Centre Shop is always called for to find fresh breads, meats, veggies and fruits to pack along. And if we are lucky, we can pick up some tasty pastries too!
Nothing like a sunny day to entice you to one of Edmonton’s lovely patios! We are always searching for a new location to share a bite to eat and relax. A lovely spot we like to go to is Little Brick. We took Monique’s mom, Mona (Ali’s Teta) for Brunch there on a Sunday. What a perfect location in Riverdale. They have a large fenced yard and deck where they serve brunch on the weekdays and weekends.
We enjoyed Chai and Lattes. The brunch Menu is filled with your regular fare presented with a spin. Monique ordered the Viejas, a tasty bowl of crispy corn tortilla strips, Four Whistle Farms scrambled eggs, vegetables, cheese, crème fraîche & hot sauce.
Ali had the Eggs Benny – Gull Valley tomato, apple cider hollandaise sauce & 2 soft boiled Four Whistle Farms eggs on a toasted bun.
Mona had the gravlax bagel with house cured salmon, herb cream cheese, grainy dijon, pickled onions, mixed shoots served on a toasted bagel. All three were very tasty. Little Brick is a perfect spot for a quiet brunch. If you prefer to sit inside, they have two lovely rooms to accommodate you. They also have a cute little shop section displaying local products for you to take home. (For a list of local patios, visit our upcoming events page)
*Dogs are welcome on the patio too so you don’t have to leave Fido behind.
Day Trip to See the Dinos
Day trips can be lots of fun. We took one recently down to Drumheller. We hadn’t been since Ali was a little girl and decided that it would be a nice day excursion. It is a longer drive day trip but is still doable. We chose to do it in one day and not stay overnight. It worked out great for us. We did the obligatory stop at the Royal Tyrell Museum which had, not surprisingly, remarkably changed over the years. We highly recommend a visit, even if there are no children with you. It was a totally different experience without kids. We got to stop and take our time to read all the interesting information and try some of the interactive exhibits. Give yourselves at least 2 to 2.5 hours to visit here.
We took the Dinosaur Trail and made a few stops along the way to check out many local must see attractions. Some natural such as the Hoodoos and the Horse Thief Canyon, and some man-made, such as the Atlas Mines Suspension Bridge and the World’s Largest Dinosaur. You must take the time to see the Hoodoos and the Canyon. They may not look like much from the road, but once you are out of the car and up close to them, they are breathtaking. If you want to visit a canyon and go down into it but have mobility issues, we recommend you go to Horseshoe Canyon instead. It has more easily accessible trails.
Picture 1 – Mother-Daughter Badlands Fun. Picture 2 – Hoodoos.
Of course we had to stop for lunch… We discovered a cute diner, Bernie and the Boys Bistro. Their fries and hamburgers were INCREDIBLE! Definitely worth searching them out. We were hungry and they more than satisfied our burger cravings. The beef patties are freshly ground and the toppings are more than generous. We also HAD to have milkshakes. Take it from us, you too HAVE to have a shake when you stop there. We will make it a point to stop there again next time we are in that part of Alberta!
The “As Old As Time” Mother-Daughter activity. One we have perfected to an art. We love shopping almost as much as going out to local food haunts. Our next shopping outing will be on August 15 to the Wild Rumpus on Whyte! Over 60 Whyte Avenue participating businesses will be offering in-store deals and promotions. Bonus: The Fringe starts that evening!! Keep an eye out for Monique and Ali and be sure to say “Hi” if you see us!
Don’t forget to check our Upcoming Events and Activities page for more things to do in the Edmonton area!
Do you have any recommendations you would like to suggest for a mother -daughter outing or activity? Please contact us via our CONTACT page and we will try to check these out.
Note: The majority of our outings and food are paid for by ourselves. If we are a business’ guests or receive an item on the house, we mention it.