Despite the locals’ track record, we took one more recommendation and headed 35 km west and 15 km north to Valhalla Centre, AB. No regrets this time.
We visited the Mercantile, which is open from 9-4 Monday-Friday and on the last Saturday of the month. Part museum, part cafe, the Mercantile sported various tributes to its Norse heritage.
View of the Kitchen at the Mercantile
The food was quite good. I had a half, and Fernando had a whole, of the “World’s Best” sandwich — black forest ham, sweated sweet onion strips, subtle yellow mustard and Swiss cheese. The homemade bread was soft, and the sandwich was quite yummy. Fernando also enjoyed the beef barley soup.
All lunch long we were spying the pies. They offered chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, strawberry-rhubarb, and Saskatoon berry. Fernando got the strawberry-rhubarb. Since there are a couple of places in Ohio where one can get excellent chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut pies, I went with the Saskatoon. Purple in color, the taste can be compared to a slightly tart blackberry. Served with vanilla ice cream, both pies were delicious.
Two other buildings caught our interest: the co-op store and the Lutheran church, the only one in the area. The co-op store unfortunately was crowded and a little bit dirty. The church seemed to be nicely kept, but we could not go inside.
Barn North of Valhalla Centre
This barn caught my eye. The shape is interesting, and there was a newer, red-painted version on another portion of the property. I thought it would make a good painting for some talented friends.