Featured Vendors: Bloom & Basil and Cale's Perogies

Featured Vendors

Last week we caught up with two more of our seasonal vendors, Bloom & Basil and Cale's Perogies. Here is a summary of their interviews. 

Bloom & Basil

How did you start your business?

I started my business when I moved to Red Deer 4 years ago and at the time I took a break from my practice as a tattoo artist and I decided to explore different venues and started to do floristry.

What kind of products do you sell?

I sell plant arrangements and flowers, we also grow flowers, when its in season, mostly peonies. I also do beauty products like soaps and bath salts using the ingredients from our bees, we also sell honey, so I use the beeswax and I use it to make the soaps.

What is your “must try” product?

Our honey and my soap.

What makes you unique?

I don’t know, I enjoy what I do, I’m versatile and productive.

What is your favourite thing to sell?

The soap because it smells good, and of course our honey, its something I do with my husband, so it is special to us.

Can you find your product anywhere else?

Nope, its is exclusive to the Red Deer Downtown Market or at the Art Factory, we have a pop-up section and we sell some of these items.  

Do you attend any other markets?

Nope, this one is the only one I have the time for.

How did you hear about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

I heard about it from other communities of vendors, and I have a business right where the market is.  

What is your favourite thing about being in Downtown Red Deer?

The culture, its vibrant, there’s flowers, it’s pretty and I like the art scene in Downtown, it’s nice.

Cale's Perogies

How did you start your business?

About 25 years ago, my husband retired, and he was bored. So, he said “You make perogies, don’t you?” I looked at him and said “yeah,” he says, “well why don’t we do a market?” So, we started at Blackfalds with 30 dozen, and we sold out in the first half hour. Then we kept increasing, we started doing Blackfalds, Bentley, Rimbey, Lacombe, Innisfail and Olds, and Red Deer of course, and that’s how it all just worked out.

What kind of products do you sell?

We sell three flavours of perogies and we have cabbage rolls, bacon and rice or beef and rice. The perogies are potatoes and cheese, cottage cheese potatoes and dill or the sauerkraut and bacon

What is your “must try” product?

The sauerkraut perogies.

What makes you unique?

I think I’m about the only one who does straight sauerkraut in their perogies that’s just cabbage and not the sauerkraut with potatoes. And Mine is just bacon, sauerkraut and onions of course.

What is your favourite thing to sell?

Selling the perogies and sauerkraut always pleases me, it gives me something to do when I’m old.

Can you find your product anywhere else?

Nope.

Do you attend any other markets?

No. Just this one, I’ve lost my husband, so I’ve lost my helper, it takes me a lot longer when I’m doing it by myself.

How did you hear about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

We were doing markets at that time and we heard that they were starting a market Downtown and we inquired and had an interview and we started when it was in a parking lot.

What is your favourite thing about being in Downtown Red Deer?

Oh, just socializing with the people. The people are wonderful here, it’s a lot of fun, its nice to see all the young people too. It’s a place where friends and family can meet up too.

Be sure to check out Bloom & Basil and Cale's Perogies at this weeks market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m!

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