Farmers' Markets In and Around Calgary

The big markets, the small markets and the out-of-town markets to visit if you're looking for fresh, local products.



 

Editor's note: This article was updated on April 7, 2017. 

 

The Year-Round Markets

Calgary Farmers’ Market

photograph by jared sych

The city’s alpha market is always a bustling place, both for its wide variety of produce and meat vendors, as well as for its extensive food court (the moussaka from food-court vendor Two Greek Gals was included among the “25 Best Things to Eat” in Avenue’s March 2015 issue). There are cooking classes and chef-guided tours here, as well as live music and kid-friendly entertainment.

Address: 510 77 Ave. S.E.

Contact: 403-240-9113, calgaryfarmersmarket.ca, @cgyfarmersmarkt

Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Season: Open all year 

 

Crossroads Market

photograph by jared sych

Part year-round boutique market, part seasonal open-air market and part flea market, Crossroads is a unique destination with a dedicated customer base. Patrons can get fruits and vegetables (and that famous guacamole) year-round from cornerstone vendor Chongo’s Market. 

Address: 1235 26 Ave. S.E.

Contact: 403-291-5208, crossroadsmarket.ca, @crossroadsmrkt

Hours: Friday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Season: Indoor market is open year-round; seasonal market open June until October

 

Market on Macleod

photograph by jared sych

This year-round operation is known for its ethnically diverse prepared foods from Indian, Indonesian, Mexican and Ukrainian vendors, as well as for local flavours from sellers such as Sylvan Star Farm Cheese, Broxburn Vegetables and Spragg’s Meat Shop.

Address: 7711 Macleod Tr. S.

Contact: 587-354-1120, marketonmacleod.com, @marketonmacleod

Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Season: Open all year 

 

Symons Valley Ranch 

A fire earlier this year destroyed the farmers' market. While more permanent plans are being developed to rebuild the market, a parking lot version is open from May to October with vendors setting up booths outside at the old site.

Address: 14555 Symons Valley Rd. N.W.

Contact: 403-874-3572, symonsvalleyranch.com, @symonsvalleyrch

Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Season: May 6 to October 28

 

Parkdale Farmers' Market

This farmers' market used to be a public market, but it is now a certified farmers' market. This relaxed weekly market has become a ritual for its growing following, with its vendors offering fresh produce, take-home meals and craft items. There is also a food box program here — Calgarians can contact the Parkdale Community Association to arrange for fresh produce to be picked up from the market weekly. 

Address: Parkdale Community Association, 3512 5 Ave. N.W.

Contact: 403-837-3640, parkdalecommunity.com

Hours: Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Season: Open all year 


Seasonal Farmers’ Markets

Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELISSA JOHANSON

This weekly market is set up in the inner-city community’s uniquely contemporary community hall, offering urbanites easy access to fresh-baked bread, homemade jam, farm-direct produce and, according to one in-the-know local, great perogies. There are several special markets here throughout the summer too, which include live music and activities for the kids. These special markets are on June 15, August 17 and September 28 in 2017. 

The community centre is also home to the Calgary Tool Library — an initiative that allows the DIY-inclined, but garage-space-deprived public the opportunity to borrow from a selection of more than 200 tools for an annual membership fee of $60.

Address: 917 Centre Ave. N.E.

Contact: bridgelandfarmersmarket.com, @bridgelandfm

Hours: 
Farmers' market — Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Calgary Tool Library — Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Season: June 15, 2017 to September 28, 2017; Calgary Tool Library open year-round 

 

Calgary Grassroots Deerfoot Farmers’ Market

This outdoor seasonal market was formerly known as the Grassroots Northland Farmers' Market and it used to be at Northland Village Mall. For the second year, you'll find the market at Deerfoot City. As before, you will find more than 40 full-time vendors selling everything from produce to pizzas. This market is an official Alberta Approved Farmers' Market.

Address: Northeast parking lot at Deerfoot City

Contact: 403-282-9299, northlandmarket.ca

Hours: Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Season: June 6, 2017 to September 26, 2017

 

DJ Market

This single-vendor produce market tucked into a nondescript industrial lot just east of Blackfoot Trail is a hidden gem, offering an impressive array of fresh B.C. and Alberta fruits and veggies at prices that make up for the obscure location. The patrons are an eclectic combination of loyal regulars who have been coming there since as far back as they can remember, as well as the odd dirt-bike enthusiast who happens upon it en route to the nearby Blackfoot Motorsport Park. 

Address: 4645 12 St. S.E.

Contact: 403-243-7201, djmarket.ca

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays and holidays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Season: May to November

 

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

PHOTOGRAPH BY INFOKUS DESIGN

This weekly outdoor market run by the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association is as much a social gathering for the community as it is a place to buy food items, with regular live music and kid-friendly activities such as bouncy castles and face painting. But that’s not to say the food there is chopped liver (one market regular was torn as to whether he should mention a particular coriander chutney in the event that, if word got out, there would no longer be enough for him). The summer market concludes each year with a harvest festival. Following that, the HSCA runs an indoor farmers’ market from October through to early May on Wednesdays. 

Address: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre, 1320 5 Ave. N.W.

Contact: 587-700-9387, farmersmarket.hillhurstsunnyside.org, @hscafarmmarket

Hours:
Summer outdoor farmers' market — Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Winter farmers' market — Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Season:
Outdoor farmers' market — May 17, 2017 to October 11, 2017
Indoor farmers' market — October 5, 2016 to May 10, 2017, (closed the week of December 28)

 

Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

This farmers’ market is yet another reason to visit the eclectic Marda Loop district. Grab a Monogram coffee as you browse the harvest vegetables from local growers such as Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farms and the Verdant Valley Colony. The market also has prepared food items and craft vendors. 

Address: Marda Loop Community Hall, 3130 16 St. S.W.

Contact: 403-244-5411, mardaloop.com

Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Season: June 3, 2017 to October 7, 2017

 

Robert McClure Farmers' Market

This is the inaugural year for this farmers' market in Pineridge. The market is different from other seasonal farmers' markets in that it hosts several start-up vendors who call Northeast Calgary home. Expect to see vendors such as Sugar & Thread, Waffle Pops and Once Upon a Jar, as well as farmers from Suoto Farms and Clearview Hutterite Colony selling fresh produce, homemade baked goods, preserves and more. 

Address: 5510 26 Ave. N.E. 

Contact: 403-280-9500, robertmcclurechurch.org

Hours: Fridays, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Season: June 2, 2017 to September 29, 2017

 

Stephen Avenue Farmers' Market

This downtown, outdoor farmers' market debuted in April, 2016. The market hosts up to 60 vendors and runs until September 5, 2017. This year, the market has expanded and is three blocks. Vendors include Longview Jerky Shop, Sugar Creek Gourmet Popcorn and Simple Simon Pies.

Address: Stephen Avenue, on 1st St. S.E., 1 St. S.W. and 2 St. S.W. 

Contact: eventbrite.ca

Hours: Multiple Tuesdays throughout the spring and summer, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Season: May 2, 16, 30; June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 4, 18; August 1, 15, 22, 29; September 5, 2017


Annual Event Markets

Heritage Park Harvest Sale

photograph courtesy of heritage park

Heritage Park’s historical setting makes it the ideal spot to celebrate the harvest season. The park, in conjunction with the Calgary Produce Marketing Association, hosts a two-day market each year, offering fresh fruits and vegetables at old-timey prices. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary Community Kitchen and Heritage Park.

Address: Heritage Park’s Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W.

Contact: 403-268-8500, heritagepark.ca, @heritageparkyyc

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event date: September 9 and 10, 2017

 

Inglewood Night Market

This monthly block party in the hip, inner-city community of Inglewood takes place on closed-off streets around the revamped National Hotel building. While more of a craft market than a farmers’ market, there are usually produce vendors in the mix offering organic B.C. fruits.

Address: 10 St. and 10 Ave. S.E., south of 9 Ave. and west of 11 St.

Contact: inglewoodnightmarket.ca@inglewoodyyc

Hours: 5 p.m. until late.

Event dates: June 9; July 14; August 11; September 8, 2017


Out-of-Town Farmers' Markets

Airdrie Farmers’ Market 

The Airdrie Farmers’ Market has something for everyone — think fresh produce, quilts and natural soaps — and there is a distinct community vibe. The vendors change weekly and during the market season, the Airdrie Farmers' Market rotates through over 150 vendors. There are also different food trucks present each week. 

Address: Jensen Park, 320 Centre Ave. E.

Contact: airdriefarmersmarket.com

Hours: Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Season: June 1, 2017 to Thanksgiving

 

Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market

This is an outdoor market on the edge of the city with gorgeous mountain views. Close to 100 vendors sell local produce, meats, fish and more, and 80 per cent of the vendors sell products that are made, baked or grown in Alberta.

Address: Lions Club of Bearspaw, 25240 Nagway Rd.

Contact: bearspawlions.com

Hours: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Season: June 4, 2017 to October 8, 2017

 

Brooks Farmers’ Market

Find some lunch at this cute market after spending the morning in Dinosaur Provincial Park. 

Address: Kinsmen Building, 7 St. S.E. and 1 Ave.

Contact: brooksfarmersmarket.com

Hours: Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Season: May 18, 2017 to October 5, 2017

 

Canmore Farmers' Market

If you're ever planning on taking a Thursday off work for a day in the mountains, stop to buy lunch at this farmers' market before you begin your hike.

Address: Downtown Canmore, 7 Ave.

Contact: canmoremarket.com

Hours: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Season: May 25, 2017 to October 5, 2017

 

Carstairs Farmers’ Market

It isn't open weekly any longer, but it’s worth the drive north. Another authentic farmers’ market with a distinctive small-town feel, you’ll go home with tasty baked goods, Hutterite preserves and handmade crafts that make cute gifts.

Because the market has moved to roughly once per month this year, expect some exciting events. For example, July 15, 2017 is Beef N Barley Day, August 19, 2017 is Customer Appreciation Day and September 9, 2017 is Xmas in September. 

Address: Carstairs Curling Rink, 350 11 Ave. 

Contact: carstairsfarmersmarket.weebly.com

Hours: Approximately one Saturday per month, usually 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (times vary depending on the month)

Season: May 13; June 17; July 1; July 15; August 19; September 9; September 30; October 28, 2017

 

Cochrane Farmers’ Market

The market is just short drive out of the city, or an incredibly scenic bike ride out of town for those looking for a little more activity. Be sure to stop by this market during cherry season. 

New for 2017 is the addition of four Thursday evening markets in downtown Cochrane. The Thursday market will run on June 15, August 17 and September 14, 2017. 

Address: Cochrane Ranche Historic Site, 101 RancheHouse Rd. 

Contact: cochrane-environment.org

Hours:
Saturday farmers' market, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday night market, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Season: June 3, 2017 to September 30, 2017

 

Crossfield Farmers' Market

This growing farmers' market has a selection of  fruit, vintage aprons, work by local wood workers, homemade fudge and more. The market is also planning a special Canada Day celebration at the market on June 29. 

Address: Banta Park

Contact: 403-464-8171, facebook.com

Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Season: June 1, 2017 to September 28, 2017

 

Davisburg Farmers' Market

This small-town farmers' market has vendors selling everything from fresh BC fruit to local honey to jams and jellies. Be sure to purchase some homemade perogies for lunch and to stop in at the family-friendly, licensed beer garden. 

Address: Davisburg, Community Hall, 258117 96 St. E.

Contact: 403-467-8079, davisburgfarmersmarket.ca

Hours: Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Season: June 28, 2017 to August 30, 2017

 

High River Farmers’ Market

The annual outdoor farmers’ market is a long-standing tradition in the town of High River — it's been around for more than 30 years. 

Address: 4 Ave. S.W., High River

Contact: 403-603-3232, fsnaps.org

Hours: Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Season: June 15, 2017 to September 28, 2017

 

Millarville Farmers' Market

This market is the real deal. Calgarians can enjoy a leisurely drive out of town to shop at the market and find a bite to eat. Don't leave without sampling the Millarville ice cream. Admission costs $3 per car and that money supports programming at the Millarville Racetrack. 

Address: At the Millarville Racetrack, 30 minutes southwest of Calgary off Highway 22.

Contact: 403-931-2404, millarvilleracetrack.com

Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Season: June 17, 2017 to October 7, 2017

 

Okotoks Farmers' Market

This market is located in a park-like setting. Vendors are set up on the grass and under trees, and there's music playing while you shop. 

Address: 322041 15 St. E.

Contact: 403-630-4182, okotoksfarmersmarket.com

Hours: Fridays, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Season: June 16, 2017 to October 6, 2017

 

Strathmore Farmers' Market

This market was established in 1997. A few of the vendors at this market include Shammi's Kitchen, Shhugar, Canada Sweet Shop and Holy Kraut. 

Address: Strathmore Ag-Society Grounds (Red Quonset Building)

Contact: 403-901-0477, strathmorefarmersmarket.ca

Hours: Fridays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Season: June 2, 2017 to September 22, 2017

 

Wild West Country Market

In addition to vendors selling fresh produce, environmentally friendly beauty supplies and handmade jewellery, there are pony rides and carriage rides. 

Address: Exit 169 off the Trans Canada West, next to Calaway Park

Contact: 403-312-6461, wildwildwestcalgary.com

Hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Season: June to September 

 


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