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.



 

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

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

Dates: 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

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

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

 

Farmers and Makers Market at cSPACE

New in 2018, this farmers’ markets runs every Saturday year-round starting on June 2. The cSPACE King Edward Arts Hub hosts a collection of 50 vendors, including Mitchell Bros. Beef, Two Pine Farm and The Dandy Brewing Company. A $30 million renovation has transformed the old King Edward School into a multipurpose arts incubator. The farmers' market is part of that reinvention, providing a cultural experience to anyone looking for local food, as well as an array of events and entertainment including live music. Expect to find locally brewed beer and food trucks as well as vegan and gluten-free options.

Address: 1721 29 Ave S.W.

Contact: farmersmarket.ca

Hours: Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dates: Open all year

 

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

Hours: Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dates: Open all year

 

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 Alpine Sausage.

Address: 7711 Macleod Tr. S.

Contact: 587-354-1120, marketonmacleod.com

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

Dates: Open all year 

 

Symons Valley Ranch Mercantile

Plans are underway to build a new farmers' market after a fire destroyed the previous one. In the meantime, Symons Valley Ranch has the Mercantile with more than two dozen vendors including Thai Mama, Innisfail Growers and Kruse Bakery.

Address: 14555 Symons Valley Rd. N.W.

Contact: 403-874-3572, symonsvalleyranch.com

Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dates: Open all year


Seasonal Farmers’ Markets

 

Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELISSA JOHANSON

This weekly market is set up outside the community hall, offering urbanites easy access to fresh-baked bread, homemade jam and farm-direct produce. There is also live music and activities for the kids.

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

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

Dates: June 21, 2018 to October 1, 2018

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. Now, 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.

Dates: June 5, 2018 to September 25, 2018

 

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.

Dates: May to November

 

emergeMARKET

Working out of the Fuse33 Makerspace, emergeMARKET’s motto is “grow your craft into a business”. Located in Forest Lawn, the market enables makers to promote and develop their skills into products that can be sold directly into the community. This kid-friendly market is looking to develop a sense of local economy by helping businesses establish themselves and provide them with the tools necessary to continue to grow.

Address: Fuse33 Makerspace, 1720 Radisson Drive S.E.

Contactemergehub.ca

Times: Every second Saturday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dates: June 9, June 23; July 7, July  2; Aug 11, Aug 25, 2018

Marlborough Community Farmers’ Market

The community driven market at Marlborough hosts a variety of local foods, bakers and jelly-makers, as well artists who are able to showcase and sell their work. Vendors including Backyard Bounty, Tamarack Jack's Honey and Meadery, and Jumbo Jim's Hotdogs all made appearances at the market in 2017.

Address: Marlborough Community Association, 636 Marlborough Way N.E.

Contact: 403-969-0676, facebook.com/marlboroughfarmersmarket

Hours: Tuesdays’ 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dates: June to September

 

Robert McClure Farmers' Market in Pineridge

This farmers' market is right beside Village Square Leisure Centre. Listen to live music while you browse the produce, baking and crafts. There are themed market days throughout the summer, including Christmas in July on July 10 and Carnival Day on August 24. 

Address: 5510 26 Ave. N.E. 

Contact: 403-280-9500, robertmcclurechurch.org

Hours: Fridays, 3 to 7 p.m.

Dates: June to September

 

Market on Stephen Avenue Farmers' Market

The market has vendors selling snacks, crafts and other shopable products under tents lined up on Stephen Avenue. It happens on Tuesdays through the day so you can turn your lunch or coffee break into a walk through the market.

Address: Stephen Avenue

Contact: marketonstephenavenue.com

Hours: Multiple Tuesdays throughout the spring and summer, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dates: May through August

 

Triwood Farmers’ Market

Triwood's market is filled with a number of local vendors. 2017 vendors included Cookie Dough YYC, Lemonberry Pastries & Cakes  and Mom’s Happy Kitchen. The market focuses on providing a family-friendly environment and offers a chance to grab fresh foods in the inner city. 

Address: Triwood Community Association Hall, 2244 Chicoutimi Dr. N.W.

Contact:  403-282-2677, triwoodcommunity.com

Hours: Tuesdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dates: June to August

 


Annual Event Markets

 

Calgary Produce Association Fall Harvest Sale

photograph courtesy of heritage park

Heritage Park’s historical setting makes it the ideal spot to celebrate the harvest season. 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, the Community Kitchen of Calgary and the Heritage Park Foundation.

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

Contact: 403-268-8500, heritagepark.ca

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event date: September 8 and 9, 2018

 

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

Hours: 5 p.m.to 11 p.m..

Event dates: June 8; July 13; August 10; September 14 and 15, 2018

 


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.

Dates: May 30 to October 3, 2018

 

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.

Dates: First Sunday in June to the last Sunday of September

 

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.

Dates: May 24, 2018 to October 4, 2018

 

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. In all there are 11 market days each year with some having special themes like Beef and Barley Day on July 21, Christmas in September on September 15 and Pumpkin Fest on September 29.

Address: Carstairs Curling Rink, 350 11 Ave. 

Contact: carstairsfarmersmarket.weebly.com

Hours: Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (July 21 and September 29, noon to 3 p.m.)

Dates: May 12; June 9 and 30; July 21 and 28; August 11 and 25; September 15 and 29, 2018

 

Chestermere AG Society Farmers’ Market

Right along Chestermere Lake at the Chestermere Public Library, this farmers' market is filled with fresh, local produce. 

Address: Chestermere Public Library parking lot, 105B Marina Road, Chestermere

Contact: chestermereagriculturesociety.com

Hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m.

Dates: April 2 to October 1, 2018

 

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. 2018 will be the 20th anniversary of the Cochrane Farmer's Market.

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.

Dates: June 2, 2018 to September 29, 2018

 

Crossfield Farmers' Market

This growing farmers' market has a selection of  fruit, vintage aprons, work by local wood workers, homemade fudge and more. 

Address: Crossfield Community Center

Contact: facebook.com

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

Dates: June to September

 

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.

Dates: June 27 to August 29, 2018

 

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, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Dates: May to September

 

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.

Dates: June 16, 2018 to October 6, 2018

 

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.

Dates: June 15, 2018 to September 28, 2018

 

Strathmore Farmers' Market

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

Address: Kinesman Park

Contact: 403-901-0477, strathmorefarmersmarket.ca

Hours: Fridays, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Dates: June to September

 

Editor's note: This article was updated in May 2018.

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