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

This market is always a bustling place with its wide variety of vendors and extensive food court (try the moussaka from Two Greek Gals or the naan-wich from Shef’s Fiery Kitchen). There are cooking classes and chef-guided tours here, as well as live music and kid-friendly entertainment. A second location is scheduled to open in the northwest in 2022.

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. Other vendors offer everything from coffee to deli meats, so be sure to do some exploring.

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

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. In the summer, the market spills outside and in the winter it takes over the four floors of the building.

Address: 1721 29 Ave S.W.

Contact: farmersmarket.ca

Hours: Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the winter and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June to October

Dates: Open all year

 

Fresh and Local 

Photograph by Alana Willerton

This 22,000-square-foot market is an upscale combination of a food court and a farmers’ market with around 40 vendors. Expect to find plenty of businesses selling produce, meat, dairy products and more for you to take home, as well as dishes like pierogies from The Perogy Boyz and ramen from Oishidesu Ramen Shack.

Address: 426, 12445 Lake Fraser Dr. S.E.

Contact: 403-253-4988, freshandlocal.ca

Hours: Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dates: Open all year

 

Granary Road

Photograph courtesy of Granary Road.

You’ll have to drive just south of Calgary to get to Granary Road. There is an admission fee for the active learning park, which is a big outdoor play area with various educational exhibits. But, the public market is free and indoors. Vendors include Rooster’s, NYC Pickle Factory and Dancing Bear. Purchase cheese, produce and other ingredients to take home. Or, get a grab-and-go meal to eat on one of the covered pavilions.

Address: 226066 112 St. W., Foothills

Contact: 403-453-7623, granaryroad.com

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

 

Prairie Horizon Fresh Market 

Located inside New Horizon Mall, Prairie Horizon Fresh Market is one of the city’s newer farmers’ markets. Stop by to support local and shop from several vendors including Walker’s Own Produce, Bretzel King, Los Panas Deli, Fish + Rice Poké Bar, The Moo Cow Pantry and more.

Address: New Horizon Mall, 260300 Writing Creek Crescent

Contact: 403-836-1960, prairiehorizonfreshmarket.com

Hours: Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dates: Open all year

 


Seasonal Farmers’ Markets

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 at the Unity Park, 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: 3111 17th Ave S.W.

Contact: emergehub.ca

Times: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. every other Saturday

Dates: July 24, August 7, August 21, and September 4

 

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, however right now, the market is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

Address: 5510 26 Ave. N.E.

Contact: 403-280-9500, Facebook.com

Hours: Temporarily Closed

Dates: Temporarily Closed

 

Triwood Farmers’ Market

Triwood’s market is filled with a number of local vendors. The market focuses on providing a family-friendly environment and offers a chance to grab fresh foods in the inner city. Vendors have included Hint of Mint, Reem’s Kitchen and Jennys Delectables Inc.

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 September

 


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 more than 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: June 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 2 p.m.

Dates: June 6 to October 3

 

Canmore Mountain 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: 700 Railway Ave #100

Contact: Canmore.ca

Hours: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dates: May 20 to October 7

 

Cochrane Farmers’ Market

The market is just a 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.

Address: 800 Griffin RD E.

Contact: cochrane-environment.org

Hours: Saturday farmers’ market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dates: June 5 to October 2

 

Crossfield Farmers’ Market

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

Address: Crossfield Community Center, 900 Mountain Ave.

Contact: facebook.com

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

Dates: June to September

 

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 Avenue and 1 Street S.W., High River

Contact: inclusionfoothills.org

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

Dates: June 17 to September 23

 

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: millarvilleracetrack.com

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

Dates: June 19 to October 9

 

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: okotoksfarmersmarket.com

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

Dates: June 18 to October 1

 

Strathmore Farmers’ Market

This market was established in 1997. A few of the vendors at this market include Shammi’s Kitchen, Souto Farms, Chantal’s Garden and Levvity Designs.

Address: Kinsman Park, 120 Brent Blvd.

Contact: 403-901-0477, strathmorefarmersmarket.ca

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

Dates: July 11 to September 17

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