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Offerings from the Okotoks and Millarville markets

Foothills: The Spice Merchants full of flavour
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Okotoks chef Stephen Gollan and mom Mary Gollan offer more than 100 whole spices to add flavour to everyday foods through The Spice Merchant at both the Okotoks Farmers' Market and Millarville Farmers' Market this summer. (Tammy Rollie/Western Wheel)

An Okotoks mother and son are spicing things up this summer at local markets.

The Spice Merchants’ Stephen and Mary Gollan sell 127 whole spices collected from around the world during Stephen’s global travels from Africa to India.

Their selection of spices are available at both the Millarville and Okotoks' farmers' markets this summer.

Encouraging Albertans to expand their culinary curiosity overseas, Gollan purchases the spices in their native countries after experiencing the culture and food, and brings them back to Canada to share with fellow Albertans.

Gollan is also known to mix the spices, concocting his own creations and daring others to expand their palate while taking in a cultural experience that spans the globe.

The Millarville Farmers' Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Millarville Racetrack and the Okotoks Farmers' Market is open Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. just north of Okotoks.


Tammy Rollie

About the Author: Tammy Rollie

Tammy Rollie is a staff reporter at and the Western Wheel newspaper, focusing on Wheel's West, local arts and culture and entertainment. For story tips contact
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