Field Stone Wines
On our first visit to the Kingsland Farmer’s Market on Macleod Trail south, we discovered an Alberta winery that specializes in making fruit wines. Field Stone is the first business who was granted a licence under Alberta’s new cottage winery regulations. When asked about their location, they said they were situated near Strathmore. All their wines are made from 100% Alberta fruit. Almost 90% of the fruit are grown on the orchards near Strathmore.
Head out to the Kingsland Farmers Market from Thursday to Sunday and try out their wines. Try their fruit wines which ranges from dry to sweet. Or if you have sweet palate, try their dessert wines, especially the blackcurrant and raspberry.
Last week, they had a special where if you buy the Raspberry Fruit Wine at the regular price, you can buy the second bottle for 20% off. We asked about the dessert wines and they said the offer will be for the dessert wines. They will alternate throughout the summer with the different fruits, so here’s your chance to stock up on some delicious wines that are made locally.
We’re stocking up for Christmas stocking stuffers. I know it’s a long time from now but I think they will age nicely.
Other than today, we have been enjoying a pretty good summer in Calgary. I’ve been running out of suntan lotion and mosquito repellent because I hate being sunburned and being eaten alive.
Here’s a tip that I wanted to share with you. I shop at the Dollar Store in Glamorgan a lot because I like the owners and they seem to stock some interesting items that you won’t find anywhere else.
My latest find is a tube of Banana Boat Kid’s Suntan lotion with a 50 SPF. At this Dollar Store, I bought it for $5. If you went down the block to London Drugs, you would easily pay $10 or $12 for it so there’s a saving for you.
My last tube was purchased at Liquidation World, south of the Chinook mall for $5. Same price but not the same size. I’ve included a photo of the two tubes for you to compare. Which tube do you prefer? The larger one or the smaller one for the same price? Clearly, there’s more value at the Dollar Store.
Other items of interest include Crocs-like shoes. I found a pair for less than $10 that I use when I’m gardening. It’s a great shoe for casual wear and when you need to clean it, you can spray it down with the garden hose. Next time you’re on Richmond Road and 37th Avenue SW, be sure to drop into the Dollar Store. It’s in the same strip mall as Safeway , Momoyama’s Japanese Restaurant, Glamorgan Bakery (where they sell the awesome cheese buns) and the bowling alley.
If you need a good dry cleaner to bring your shirts, pants, suits or camping gear to, try this place out. They charge only $2.29 for shirts to be cleaned and pressed. And blazers go for $8.99 which is cheaper than Tower Cleaners who wanted to charge me $12.
To find this cleaner, head west on Old Banff Coach Road and turn left on 73rd. Drive down about a block then turn right into a small plaza. There you will find a grocery, liquor store and a Chinese restaurant. Magic Cleaners is right next to the liquor store with the bright blue sign on top of the store.
They have all my business because the prices are reasonable and they take care of your clothing. No coupons are required and they offer expedite service.