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The next time you need groceries, consider getting them from a local farmers’ market.
Several farmers’ markets in Calgary remain open during the pandemic. You can safely get your food, directly support local producers and reduce the bottleneck at megastores by shopping from them during COVID-19. Plus, many offer services like curbside pickup and delivery for your convenience. Here’s where and how you can shop farmers’ markets in the city. If you’re looking for even more ways to get your hands on farm-fresh food, our article on grocery delivery services in Calgary features businesses like Cultivatr and Prairie Farms.
Avenida remains open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Safety measures have been put in place for shoppers and Avenida suggests coming in the morning or early afternoon to avoid crowds. The food hall has coordinated amongst its vendors to help them pivot to offering frozen meals, curbside pickup and delivery. The list of vendors offering those services is here.
D426 12445 Lake Fraser Dr. S.E., 587-620-0219, avenidamarket.ca
The staff at the Calgary Farmers’ Market are gathering online orders from all vendors at the market and offering curbside pickup. This service is intended for customers who have reduced mobility or are at a high risk for COVID-19. The market has also created a list of vendors offering their own curbside pickup and home delivery. Calgary Farmers’ Market remains open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Thursday to Monday, and rigorous safety measures have been put in place for shoppers.
510 77 Ave. S.E., 403-240-9113, calgaryfarmersmarket.ca
Crossroads remains open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday to Sunday, though vendors may choose to reduce their individual hours. Additional safety measures are in place for shoppers, and Crossroads has published a guide of its vendors offering curbside pickup.
1235 26 Ave. S.E., 403-291-5208, crossroadsmarket.ca
This weekly market is canceled until further notice. However, organizers have created a directory of its vendors offering curbside pickup and delivery, which you can find here.
1721 29 Ave S.W., farmersmakersmarket.ca
This weekly market is canceled indefinitely. In the meantime, its website has details on how to order directly from its vendors.
1320 5 Ave. N.W., farmersmarket.hsca.ca
This new farmers’ market inside New Horizon Mall was set to open on April 1, but in light of COVID-19 is focusing on delivery instead. Servicing Calgary, Airdrie and other nearby communities, Prairie Horizon’s delivery has a minimum order amount of $50 plus a $10 delivery fee split between the driver and the Calgary and Airdrie Food Banks. There’s no delivery charge for orders of $150 or more. Delivery is offered in partnership with The Clean Pantry, a supplier of dry goods. Deliveries typically arrive next day or within 48 hours.
260300 Writing Creek Cres., Balzac, prairiehorizonfreshmarket.com