Sample fresh produce, locally raised meat, homemade baking, and handiwork at these 15 farmers’ markets.
AIRDRIE FARMERS’ MARKET
This market is up and running for the second year, hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion. Each week between 50 and 70 vendors participate, selling fresh produce, meats, pies, cupcakes, tarts, bread, pizza, cabbage rolls, brownies, sausage, dips, sauces and more. Returning vendors include Cowboy Popcorn and Harrison Farms, while new faces include Costa Cana Coffee and Jurassic Jems.
When: June 2 to September 29, Wednesdays 3:30 pm – 7 pm.
Where: Royal Canadian Legion, 3 Ave SE, Airdrie, 403-948-2760.
BEARSPAW LIONS FARMERS’ MARKET
Since 1993, this summer market has been hosted by the Bearspaw Lions Club. With more than 100 vendors, the selection in both local and fresh produce is varied. Returning regulars include Bowden Farm Fresh Chicken, Brassica Mustard, Meg and Mom’s Fudge, and Three Sisters Pies.
When: June 6 to October 3, Sundays 10 am – 2 pm.
Where: Lions Clubhouse, RR 4, 403-239-0201.
A host of fresh produce from Alberta and BC farmers is sold at this weekend market, which has been going strong since 1976—making it the oldest farmers’ market in Calgary. A large selection of produce, from watermelon and fresh berries to pickles and jams. Local arts and crafts are sold as well, and a picnic area and playground is nearby.
When: May 21 to October 31, Fridays noon – 7 pm, Saturdays 8 am – 5 pm, Sundays 10 am – 4 pm.
Where: 5600 – 11 St SE, 403-243-0065.
CALGARY FARMERS’ MARKET
Housed in the Currie Barracks, this market runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all year round, and extends its hours in summer to include Thursdays. Favourite vendors at this indoor market include Grazin’ Acres, which sells eggs, poultry and grass-fed beef; Phil and Sebastian Coffee Company; Valta Bison Farms; Simple Simon Pies; and Sylvan Star Cheese, known for its organic dairy products—including an award-winning Gouda. Note: the market will be moving to Blackfoot Centre at the end of November (510 – 77 Ave SE).
When: Year-round. Summer hours: Thursday to Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, Sundays to 4 pm.
Where: Currie Barracks, 4421 Quesnay Wood Dr SW, 403-244-4548.
CHESTERMERE FARMERS’ MARKET
Find over 40 retailers at this annual farmers’ market, held in the lake community of Chestermere. The market boasts many vendors for specialized diets, like My Bread (dairy-free bread) and Tim’s, where you can buy gourmet frozen pizza with a gluten-free crust.
When: June 4 to the beginning of September, Fridays 3:30 pm – 7 pm,
Where: Chestermere Recreation Centre, 201 West Chestermere Dr, 403-948-2760.
COCHRANE FARMERS’ MARKET
Held on Saturdays, this market is located in one of Calgary’s bedroom communities. Find fresh produce and a wide selection of artisan’s wares, including homemade clothing, baskets, wooden bird houses and cleaning products. Exclusively at this market is Sugarplum Baking, which sells German chocolate, maple crunch and lemon coconut cakes, as well as cookies, pies and cinnamon buns. Another don’t miss: the fresh dips and salads from Twisted Basil.
When: June 5 to September 25, Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm.
Where: Cochrane Ranche Historic Site, Corner of Highway 1A and 22, 403-851-0562.
An indoor market that spreads outside in summer, the Crossroads Market combines the typical fresh produce stalls of a farmers’ market with a flea market. Vendors at this year’s outdoor market include Jenson Taber Corn, S & K fruit, and several local Hutterite colonies.
When: Friday to Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm.
Where: 1235 – 26 Ave SE, 403- 291-5208.
GRASSROOTS FARMERS’ MARKET
On Tuesday nights the parking lot of Northland Village shopping centre is transformed into a street market with fresh fruit, herbs, and ethnic foods such as Moroccan chicken, kolbassa, and Polish baking. Vendors include the Artista Tea Company, Bee Prepared Honey Farms, and Garden of Eden Produce’s orchard fruits. Be sure to try the Innisfail Grower’s Co-op’s fresh asparagus or beet pickles.
When: June 8 to September 28, Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 7 pm.
Where: Northland Village, 5111 Northland Dr NW, 403-282-9299.
HILLHURST SUNNYSIDE FARMERS’ MARKET
Organized by community members, this market is designed to support local farmers from Alberta and BC, with a preference for organic growers. Organizers are looking for “good, clean and fair produce,” and turn down produce farmers who use pesticides and chemical growth enhancers. They also boast a bouncy castle and occasional live entertainment.
When: June 2 to October 6, Wednesdays 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre, 1320 – 5 Ave NW, 403-283-0554 ext 223.
KINGSLAND FARMERS’ MARKET
More than just a place for farmers to sell their produce, this market aims to create a venue for producers and shoppers to connect. Opening June 24, the market’s goal is to “be the bridge between families, farmers and their food.”
When: Year-round. Summer outdoor market: Wednesday to Friday noon – 6:30 pm, Saturday 9 am – 3 pm.
Where: 7711 Macleod Tr S, 403-217-2343.
MILLARVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET
Drive 20 minutes southwest on Highway 22 to the town of Millarville, where an abundant farmer’s market is held each Saturday morning. Booths include an ecological photographer, organic wines and fruit, fresh and frozen lamb meat, locally raised beef and fresh BC cherries and peaches.
When: June 12 to October 9, 8:30 am – noon.
Where: Millarville Race Track, 20 minutes SW of Calgary off Hwy 22, 403-931-2404.
OKOTOKS FARMERS’ MARKET
Best known for a stall from the High River Hutterite Colony, this market has been running for five years. Hutterite gardeners sell their fresh, organic produce and homemade baking every week, with items varying according to the time of the season. Other vendors include BLBK Fashions Plus, which sell a variety of craft items and home décor.
When: July 2 to September 24, Fridays 4 pm – 7 pm.
Where: Okotoks Country Living, southwest corner of Hwy 7 and Southridge Dr, 403-938-1516.
SOUTH CALGARY PUBLIC FARMERS MARKET
Find Alberta and BC produce, plus homemade soups, lasagna, pies, breads, preserves, sauces, perogies and more at this new farmers’ market in the parking lot of the Grey Eagle Casino. There will also be local artists selling wares such as pottery and jewellery.
When: June 17 to September 30, Thursdays 3:30 – 7 pm.
Where: Parking lot of the Grey Eagle Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr SW.
SOUTH FISH CREEK RECREATION ASSOCIATION FARMERS’ MARKET
In its seventh summer, the South Fish Creek Recreation Association Farmers’ Market is bringing in new vendors like Scentsy, offering wickless alternatives to scented candles, and Babybird, selling a variety of baby clothes and accessories.
When: June 11 to September 24, Fridays 2 pm – 6 pm.
Where: South Arena Parking Lot, 100 – 333 Shawville Blvd SE.
TRIWOOD-MOUNTAIN VIEW LIONS FARMERS’ MARKET
About 80 per cent of this market’s 50 vendors offer products made, baked or grown in Alberta, such as bread, honey, veggies, meats and more.
When: June 3 to September 30, Thursdays 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
Where: Triwood Community Centre, 2244 Chicoutimi Dr NW, 403-282-8061.