Feature vendors are back and this week’s vendors are Field Stone Fruit Wines and Nixon Honey. Check out their interviews below!

Field Stone Fruit Wines

How did you start your business?

Field Stone Fruit Wines’ story began in 2005, when we received the first-ever estate winery license in Alberta.  Our family-run winery and farm are nestled into 50 acres of mature berry orchards located forty minutes east of Calgary — just outside Strathmore — one of the sunniest regions in Canada.  Owners Elaine and Marvin Gill are both the farmers and the winemakers.

We’re proud to tell you that all Field Stone wines are made from 100% Alberta-grown crops of raspberries, strawberries, wild black cherries, black currants, red cherries, and saskatoon berries, 75% of which is grown on our own orchard.

We planted our orchards in 1998.  For more than a decade, our popular “U-Pick” Bumbleberry Orchards was known for its exceptional fruit — harvesting plump, extra-sweet, sun-kissed berries.  When our growing yields began to exceed our ability to sell all our crops as fresh fruit, we transitioned into crafting our wines.

We offer five unique Fruit Wines – ranging from our off-dry “Black Currant” to our semi-sweet “Strawberry-Rhubarb” –  as well as five unique Dessert Wines – also ranging in sweetness and style.

Our goal is to produce quality fruit in our own fields and transferring that excellent fruit into a delicious product that customers love.  We bring the taste of summer to our customers all year long – a labour of love from field to glass

What kind of products do you sell?

Fruit Wines and Dessert Wines.

What is your “best selling” product?

Bumbleberry Fruit Wine.

What makes you a unique vendor?

We are Alberta’s very first estate winery, growing 75% of the fruit in our wines right on our own orchard.

Where are you located and/or can you find your products at other locations?

We are located south of Strathmore, Alberta, but sell our products at many farmers’ markets and retails stores around the province. See our website for details.

How long have you been a part of the Downtown Red Deer Market?

Since 2013!

What is your favourite thing about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

A lovely setting in the heart of the city with great vendors and great customers!

Nixon Honey

How did you start your business?

I began by becoming a vendor for Nixon Honey.

What kind of products do you sell?

Honey and Maple Syrup!

What is your “best selling” product?

Flavoured honey and bourbon aged syrup.

What makes you a unique vendor?

All of our products are organic!

Where are you located and/or can you find your products at other locations?

You’ll be able to find Nixon Honey at your local grocery store!

How long have you been a part of the Downtown Red Deer Market?

Approximately 5 years.

What is your favourite thing about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

The ease of being a part of the market and the manager.

Check them out at this weeks market! And check back next week for our next vendor features!