Shop for handmade goodies

Tri Region Tourism Day Trip Ideas, Shopping

The countryside is full of growers, crafters, artists and bakers. And besides wholesome food and one of a kind art and jewelry, it’ll feel good to support your neighbours and local farmers. Here are just some of the handmade goodies you can find in the Tri-region west of Edmonton.

Image of Mary’s country jams – from Spruce Grove Farmer’s Market on Facebook.

Handcrafted jewelry

Stony Plain’s downtown is charming, historic and walkable – and smack in the middle you’ll find Darlin Jewellers. They specialize in ammolite jewelry – an ancient iridescent gemstone mined in southern Alberta. They design and create their wearable art right in the store. When I was there, the assistant jeweler was hand stamping silver pendant backings with adorable little mushroom and flower patterns.

Locally grown and made

Around the corner from Darlin is the Urban Homesteading Store with a pantry full of locally grown grains and supplies for making your own yogurt and cheese, grinding your own flour, and growing your own food.

Next door is Gypsy Chicks – a metaphysical store full of crystals, handcrafted jewelry and locally made art. I especially like Maureen’s fairy gardens with tiny bridges, creeks, flowers and gazebos.

HandmadeFairyGarden

Image: Calla Lily Creek from Under The Elder Tree Fairy Gardens on Facebook.

And just a few doors away at the Crooked Pot, the region’s pottery guild holds classes and sells handmade dinnerware and clay art pieces.

Around the house

The Country Pumpkin is a country home décor shop in Stony that supports a whole range of local vendors. Inspirational art, hand-made quilts, sweet curly-haired hand-stitched dolls and wooden furniture – plus lots more gifts for really nice people (hey, you are a really nice person – treat yourself too!)

Farmer’s markets

Make it, bake it, grow it markets are packed with handmade goodies and these two markets have been supporting local artists and farmers for 40 years.

Stony Plain’s Farmer’s Market takes over two floors of the community centre every Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. Visit here for homemade baking, brittle, pickles and doggy treats and 50 other vendors every week all year long.

The Spruce Grove Farmer’s Market opens Saturday, April 12 at the Grain Elevator. They are committed to supporting local vendors who make, bake and grow what they sell – so you’ll find handmade birdhouses, country jams, wooden toys, homemade Ukrainian food, pies, gluten free baking and much more.