Monday, 21 November 2011

Greetings from the SaskMade Marketplace!

The last few weeks have been exciting as usual at the Marketplace.  We have a number of new products to boast, many of which would make great additions to any holiday meal.  Try the fresh Pickerel, Pike or White Fish straight from the icy northern lakes of Saskatchewan; paired with some Lemon Infused Pepper from Orchard Del Sol (Delilse, SK), you are sure to impress your family or guests!  All of the peppers from Orchard Del Sol are produced ethically and naturally and have the most intensive flavour I have encountered. 

If you are looking for some gift ideas for those whom have everything, try a sinfully good Body Butter by Serendipity (Gray, SK) and a 'better than the spa' Shower Dough Scrub from Bovine Bubbles and Hogwash (Prince Albert, SK).  Put them together for a nice stocking stuffer or create your own beautifully arranged gift bucket with one of our staff right in the store. 

We are pleased to be joining Ethos Salon and Spa for their Holiday Party on November 25.  Drop by the Scotia Centre on 2nd Ave where Ethos is located for a bite from SaskMade Marketplace and some great in-spa promotions on Ethos Spa products.  Ethos is one of only a few Salons in Saskatoon to feature the Aveda product line! 


Friday, 4 November 2011

Only one more sleep

My business partner, Candace Ippolito and I have spent the last couple of days preparing the store for our Grand Opening.  I am so excited for tomorrow!  We've had a chance to decorate the store in a beautiful Christmas Theme, start getting them tasting samples ready and meet a tonne of new customers.  It's days like these that I think I am lucky to have the best job in the world! 
Just a quick peek at our tasting line up:

Updated Tasting List!:
J & J Sausage - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Farmer's Sausage
Leven's Coffee - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Artisan Coffee
Daybreak Scheresky Mill 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Sunrise Pancakes
Choo-It Oatmeal - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Choo-It Cereal
... Parenteau's Gourment
Gravelborg Mustard - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m - Mustard Brie Cheese
Cheesecake with Prairie Cherry Topping - all day!
In Good Taste Christmas Baking - all day!
Harden and Huyse Chocolates - all day! (or until they disappear...)
Wild Serendipity Scones with Sweet Pure honey - all day!
Tu-Bees Honey Flavours - all day!

Book Signings:
Saskatchewan Scenic Secrets, Robin and Arlene Karpan - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00
Prairie Feast, Amy Jo Ehman - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Prairies North Magazine 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
I hope you are all coming to join us - we can't eat all of this food by ourselves!  Saturday November 5 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  1621 8th Street East, Saskatoon.
April Nichol

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Only one week to go!

So our Grand Opening is in exactely one week (Nov 5); and as I am blogging this our Riders are actually winning the game, a great way to finish the season!  Since I was in the marketplace last we have a few new farmers and artisans to boast - Harden and Huyse Chococates and Two Sisters Stepping Stones and Glasswork.  Both are awesome and I am so excited they are partnering with us.  If you happen to be joining us for the Grand Opening, your tastebuds are going to be tickeled and delighted with a wide a assortment of deliciously local morsels (including samples of gourmet Harden and Huyse Chocolates)!  I know you are not going to want to miss it.  We are also itching to launch a new facebook promotion - only 20 more likes until we can pull the triggor.  Have you "liked" us yet?
That's all for today! Have a fabulous weekend.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Gearing up for a Grand Opening!

We are quickly approaching the date for our Grand Opening, only 13 more days to go.  We have a number of our favourite tastings lined up; Farmer Sausage from J and J Sausage of Warmen, SK, Hot Saskatoon Cider from Parenteau's Gourmet Foods, Sour Cherry Scones from Wild Serendipity Foods with Creamed Honey from Sweet Pure Honey (new to the Marketplace!) as well as mini Cheesecakes with Over the Hill Orchards Prairie Cherry Toppings just to name a few!  The Marketplace will tranform into a Christmasy Wonderland of tasty treats, special gifts and fine artwork.  I just can't wait for all of our guests to join us!

SaskMade Marketplace - Grand Opening - Saturday November 5, 10 am to 5 pm!
1621 8th Str. East

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Welcome to the Marketplace!

Hello fellow foodies, friends and local enthusiasts!
Thanks for choosing to check out our blog.  This is basically the start of what I hope is a funny and insightful blog that all who are into the local food movement will check out now and again.
For those of you who are new followers, the SaskMade Marketplace is under new ownership.  We offer a huge variety of food products, unique art and gifts, bath and body products as well as full line of gift baskets, all grown, made or processed right here in Saskatchewan.  There is really something here for everyone, and I'm convinced you will be pleasantly surprised by what you find in our store.

Join us as we journey through our first year in business, meet new people and create a sustainable local food circle!

April Nichol
Co-Owner, SaskMade Marketplace

Friday, 8 July 2011

Saskatchewan Maple Syrup passes the "real" test

Saskmade Maple Syrup was put to the test this afternoon... A customer visiting from Quebec wanted to try some. She tasted the Saskatchewan variety, and promptly announced that the Quebec stuff was better. But - she sheepishly bought 2 jugs before she left!