Vendor Spotlight

Meet Michelle - Founder of Thai Manna


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Uproot Vendor Spotlight

We are very excited to launch our Uproot Vendor Spotlight featuring Thai Manna's founder, Michelle's story! Thai Manna's unique curry kits have been one of our most popular Uproot products. They were named one of the "Top 25 Things to Eat in Calgary" by Avenue Magazine, on the cover of Routes Magazine and won Alberta Farmers Market Association award.

 

What Inspired Thai Manna?

It all started in Thailand. Michelle Chick, founder of Thai Manna, was blown away by the food. From roadside food stalls to bustling night markets, every dish she tasted came alive with spices and aroma. She came back to Calgary with a passion for Thai cuisine. She came up with the idea of making little makeshift dinner kits for her friends for Christmas. The feedback and gratitude were immeasurable.

Image of Panang Thai Curry Kit - Serves 2-3

Panang Thai Curry Kit - Serves 2-3

$13.50

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Large Green Thai Curry Kit - Serves 5-6

$20.00

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Red Thai Curry Kit - Serves 2-3

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Michelle's Journey

13 years ago food kits didn't exist. It took Michelle a long time to explain the kits at Farmers Markets. It was so important to her that she provided a real food dinner option for her customers. It means the world to her when her customers boast about what they've created with her kits, thank her for what she does and let her know how long they've been with Thai Manna!

What's Inside the Kits?

The Curry Kits include Michelle's homemade preservative-free curry paste and quality hard-to-find ingredients like palm sugar, fish sauce, bird’s eye chilies, and lime leaves. Each paste is made up of over a dozen whole ingredients that they peel, cut, chop, roast and blend in food processors. All you need is a kit, then you add your protein and veggies for a divinely fresh homemade Thai curry!

Our Uproot Customers Love Them!

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"This is hand down one of the most delicious pre-packaged Thai curry kits we’ve ever had. I would definitely recommend this! It made our entire house smell amazing and we scarfed down this mouthwatering meal. We would buy this again."

 

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7 Back To School Lunch Box Must-Haves!

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7 Back To School Lunch Box Must-Haves

Did you know Uproot has some amazing kid-approved nut free products that will make your school lunch packing quick and easy?!

Kid Friendly Dumplings

Honest Dumplings is not just for the grown up foodies in your family. We have tons of little dumpling fans too! Our Traditional Pork and Ginger Beef are our most popular kid-approved and nut free flavours. Also try the Feta Cauliflower Potatoes and Peas dumplings, they are packed with vegetables and taste like pierogi!

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Alberta Made Soft Beef Jerky

Soft, chewy, packed with protein, and low in fat, these jerky made in Medicine Hat are the perfect size for snacking!

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Nutrient- Rich Sourdough Pasta

This flavourful sourdough pasta is packed with nutrients. Each forkful rewards your body with proteins from quinoa, buckwheat, and other types of grain. It also contains dietary fibers, B-vitamins, potassium, and iron!

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Organic Handcrafted Pierogi

Did you know these delicious pierogi made locally by The Pierogerie are pre-boiled?! Perfect and nutritious, making it a satisfying lunch ready in 10 minutes!

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Pumpkin Seed Butter Cups

These award-winning pumpkin seed butter cups made by Dwarf Stars in Calgary are top 10 allergen free! Common phrases after biting into their chocolates are: "YUMMM", "OMG", and "HOLY CRAP!". You would never guess their treats are allergy friendly!

 

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Dehydrated Fruit Snacks

These kid-approved dehydrated fruits made by Gahawa Snacks are healthy and delicious. They are all-natural and 100% fruit! Small batch dried fruit chips gently dehydrated with circulating air and modest heat. Sweet and sour, taste like your favourite candy, and most importantly, guilt free!

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Turkey Pepperoni Sticks

Made from Winter's Turkey's whole grain fed, free range turkeys, these flavourful turkey pepperoni sticks come fully cooked and ready to eat! We also highly recommend their turkey jerky for a quick delicious and healthy snack on-the-go!

 

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7 Must-Try Products Before Summer Ends

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7 Must-Try Products Before Summer Ends

Before summer 2021 officially ends, there are plenty of unique and delicious food to try at Uproot, while at the same time supporting local businesses. And why not try something new to close out your summer with a pleasant surprise?

Frozen Cheesecake Bar

Are you ready for a life changing experience? A frozen cheesecake bar just might do it. These cheesecake bars are made with small batch handcrafted cheese and hand-dipped in Belgian dark chocolate. Once you have had one of these, you cannot go back. It is literally like eating frozen cheesecake covered in chocolate, heaven on a stick!

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Small Batch Halal Beef Jerky

Take this protein-packed treat on your next hike! Twelve Cows is Canada’s first halal beef jerky brand created by two best friends in Edmonton in 2019, with two goals, to make the best damn jerky they could that even the pickiest carnivores can enjoy and show the Halal eaters of Canada that they care and they listen!

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Handmade Gourmet Stuffed Potatoes

Made from scratch without any additives, these handmade gourmet stuffed potatoes are perfect for an easy and healthy side dish for your summer BBQ or camping trips. There's so much flavour in there from the fresh ingredients! The best part is: all the hard work is done. You can just sit back and relax!

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Filipino Inspired Ice Cream

Yelo'd is a beloved ice cream shop in Edmonton where you can experience Filipino and Asian inspired flavours. Their signature ube flavour has been the only flavour that never leaves their rotation simply because it gives you all a taste of their home and adds a unique twist to all their other creations!

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Authentic Salami Pack

Ready to place on a platter and pour the vino! This VDG Salumi Grazing Pack is made with three summer flavoured salamis, that are perfect for whatever the day brings you. Park with the kids? Patio night? Outdoor fire? Proudly made with local Alberta free-range pork, quality gluten free ingredients with no fillers, and made in Calgary!⠀⠀⠀

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Organic Chicken Wings

Sunworks Farm has been a staple at the farmers markets for many years. All their animals are raised without the use of antibiotics, added hormones, and are certified organic. Add your favourite marinade or BBQ sauce, throw these Sunworks Farm chicken wings on the grill and enjoy!

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Thoughtfully Crafted Mustard

Who knew that a spoonful of mustard to your salad dressing, marinade, sauce, sandwich or meat could add so much flavour?! No added artificial emulsifiers, thickeners or bulking agents, Smak Dab mustard is a flavour powerhouse that adds body, a zip of acidity, sweetness, texture, and umami to any dish. It’s even delicious straight from the spoon, and we don’t judge anyone for that!

 

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Vendor Spotlight - Confetti Sweets

Uproot Vendor Spotlight

We are so excited to launch our second Uproot Vendor Spotlight: Confetti Sweets! If you have been to the Edmonton's farmers markets, you have probably seen Confetti Sweet's pink cookie booth there.

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Take N' Bake Cookie Dough, Sugar. (8 cookies)

 

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Take N' Bake Cookie Dough, Gingersnap. (8 cookies)

 

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Cookie mix, Oatmeal Chunk. (bakes 16 large cookies)

 

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Cookie mix, Chocolate Chunk. (bakes 16 large cookies)

 

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What Inspired Confetti Sweets

Kathy has a sweet tooth and she loved baking, but after having her kids, she needed something more to keep her busy so she started selling at her local farmers’ market. Before she knew it, she wasn’t the only one who loved cookies! As demand grew, she just kept expanding to make enough for all her fellow cookie lovers!
What Makes Kathy's Cookies Totally Awesome?
What sets Kathy's cookies apart from others is her recipes. Each recipe has been tried and tested for years to end up with the perfect combination of flavours while maintaining that soft, chewy texture. They only use real butter, real sugar, and real ingredients. When you bite into these cookies, Kathy wants you to taste the time and care that they put into their products!
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Limited Edition - Cookies by the Dozen - S'mores (Frozen)

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The Oscar Cookies

Confetti Sweets was asked to bring their cookies to the Oscars in 2015 and 2016. Kathy and team travelled to Hollywood with over 1000 cookies packed into their bags. They served their cookies at a pre-Oscar party for nominees, press, and Hollywood. People always ask, so here you go: Kathy brought their two bestsellers, Chocolate Chunk and Coconut (that's Kathy's favourite cookie!)

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Take N' Bake Cookie Dough, Coconut. (8 cookies)

 

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Take N' Bake Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chunk. (8 cookies)

 

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Kathy's Journey

There were times at the beginning when Kathy was overwhelmed with orders where her kids and family had to help scoop cookie dough. But with each challenge she faced, she learned something new. Plus, her kids think it's pretty cool to have an endless supply of freshly baked cookies on hand! Her passion continues to thrive because it doesn’t feel like a job to her--this is fun!

Take N' Bake Cookie Dough
Did you know you can get Confetti Sweets frozen cookie dough and bake them at home?! These cookie dough balls are basically the same dough Kathy used to make her cookies from! Just put these cookie dough balls on a tray and bake them in your own oven! They make your kitchen smell so wonderful

Gourmet Cookie Mix

“When people walk into the bakery, they’re telling us ‘I wish I could buy this smell,’ ” says Kathy. “Well, now you can.” Take the sweet smell of a Confetti Sweets bakery home with you with their cookie mixes! “You add butter, you add egg, you add vanilla, mix it up, you have our cookies in your home,” Kathy says.

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Vendor Spotlight - Baba's Borscht

Uproot Vendor Spotlight

As part of Uproot's visions and values, we work with our team members who are inspired to make their own products and bring their ideas to market. Brett is the first entrepreneur to make that happen!

We all fell in love with his unique borscht after tasting it. Brett has been making Doukhobor Borscht since 2015. It has expanded his ideas of how to make simple ingredients into something unique and flavourful. We have many repeat customers who come in craving Brett's soup!

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Brett's Uproot Story

Living with the owner of Natural Kitchen Delights (Orrey Metz), I saw his company started from the ground up. Countless hours in the kitchen making chocolates only to spend your weekends at farmers markets, he was creating a life of his own. I, on the other hand, just worked to pay my bills and hobbies. Witnessing his drive inspired me to do more and try something out of my comfort zone.

I was later introduced to Chris and Ray (founders of Honest Dumplings) and Jamie (South Island Pies). Shortly after that their companies merged and Uproot Food Collective was created. A job opening with Uproot was available last summer and I snatched it up as quick as I could.

Being part of this opportunity I was inspired to start selling a product of my own. With the help and direction of everyone involved I was able to start up my own company: Baba's Borscht. Making borscht has always been a joy in my life but I never expected to have it available in a store front for everyone to enjoy."

What Makes Baba's Borscht Unique?
Baba's Borscht is a unique soup that really stands out. Unlike other borscht that are heavily beet based or contain meat, Doukhobor borscht is vegetarian and served warm. A combination of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, onion and a single beet make this borscht much heartier and healthier than others. Only one beet is used per batch and even it is discarded in the final process of making the soup!
What Inspired
Baba's Borscht?
Growing up, borscht was a large part of Brett's life and something only available when he would visit his Baba in Castlegar, BC. Taking home jars of borscht for later meals was such a treat and always made you feel good, full and healthy. Future plans are to improve packaging, make larger portions available for sale and have Baba's Borscht available nationwide!

How is Baba's Borscht Made?

Although the ingredients are very simple, making Baba's Borscht is rather complex. First step is to make the stock with potatoes, carrot and one beet with lots of water and a little cream. After the potatoes are soft, they are removed and mashed with butter and cream.

Then sautéed onions, tomatoes, cabbage are added to the soup with more potatoes and cabbage. At home this dish takes all four burners to create! The mixture cooks together until the last two key ingredients are added: green pepper and dill.

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Doukhobor Borscht

 

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Mushroom Soup

 

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What's Next

Brett's next products in the works are Lapsha and other soups (possibly a carnivore option). Lapsha is as much a staple to Doukhobor cuisine as is borscht! Made up of flour and egg, this simple nutritious noodle makes for a quick meal that is easily storable and shelf stable. "For a bedtime snack, Baba would make us lapsha with butter and Vege salt. Very simple, delicious and heartwarming."

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