Featured Vendors: A&D Milling/Henry's Honey and Bamboo Dumplings

Featured Vendors 

Last week we had a chance to catch up with our last two seasonal vendors, A&D Milling/Henry's Honey and Bamboo Dumplings! Here is a summary of their interviews. 

A&D Milling/Henry's Honey

How did you start your business?

I stared with the honey 4 years ago, I have been bee keeping for 5 years. And I just started doing something different with the honey unlike every other bee producer. I mixed flavours in and it just kind of exploded from there. And A&D Milling is another business my family looks after, both are a group effort.

What kind of products do you sell?

We have flour, organic flour, spelt, whole wheat, buckwheat and pancake mix. We grow and mill our own products, the are no additives or preservatives, its as natural as you can get. Its from the field to the bin to the mill. And then we have unpasteurized honey and flavoured honey on the other side.   

What is your “must try” product?

On one side it’s the pancake mix to get a feel for the spelt flour and the honey to go on top of it, like a raspberry spread or one of the flavoured honeys for sure for even your tea or coffee.

What makes you unique?

As far as I know there aren’t too many organic spelt growers or buckwheat growers that mill their own grain. On the other side of things for the honey, I have the most flavoured honey in Alberta, I can make up to 90 different flavours.

What is your favourite thing to sell?

That would be the honey.

Can you find your product anywhere else?

Not right now. There’s actually a diner in Red Deer that has it, Mom’s Diner, and Caroline Meats is slowly, gradually taking some in, but mostly you can find me at Farmers Markets.

Do you attend any other markets?

Wednesdays and Saturdays in Red Deer, Oyen on Fridays, Brooks on Thursdays, Stettler on Tuesdays and every other Thursday in Camrose.

How did you hear about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

My mom was here last year selling the flour and I came in and started to do the markets for her. It’s a family venture, not just with the flour but with the honey also. It’s a group effort and we all work together, we promote it really well, and especially healthy choices. Its so much better for you than the stuff you buy in the store. Especially the honey, its raw honey, it’s good for a person, if someone wants to try something new, come try them! I have enough for everybody!

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

The people. The flow of traffic is amazing, its my second-best market that I do and I’m happy to be here.

Bamboo Dumplings

 

How did you start your business?

I went to an authentic noodle house in Manhattan two years ago with my parents and my brother, and during that visit I got a spark to share Authentic Chinese dumplings, and that’s how I started.  So I wanted to add my product at a Farmers Market and I tried it out at a Christmas Market in Millarville that year.

What kind of products do you sell?

At the moment, dumplings and spring rolls.

What is your “must try” product?

That’s a good question, probably the pork and kimichi dumplings.

What makes you unique?

It is my grandparent’s recipe, my parents had a dumpling restaurant in China when I was 12 years old, so I have great exposure with great authentic Chinese food and my passion is to share great food with more people.

What is your favourite thing to sell?

My favourite would be the pork and kimichi dumplings. I love being at markets and hearing feedback from my customers.

Can you find your product anywhere else?

Right now I’m working on the retail in Calgary and Edmonton, but I would love to collaborate with a retail store in Red Deer.

Do you attend any other markets?

Yes, mostly in Calgary, Millarville Market and Bearspaw Farmers Market, and now this one in Red Deer and one in St. Albert.

How did you hear about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

I heard about it from another food vendor.

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

I love the location in Downtown, it’s only 2 hours from Calgary and its in the afternoon, so you can enjoy the sun!

Be sure to check out A&D Milling/Henry's Honey and Bamboo Dumplings at this weeks Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m!

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