Back to main blog

Breaking (some of) the Rules - Calgary Farmers' Market

by The Six Foot Canasian


SFC Calgary Farmers' Market

I've lived all over the world but it wasn't until I lived in Denver, CO (and spent my weekends in Boulder, a town nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains just 45 minutes away) that I learned to appreciate "farmers markets". During the summer months I would go to the outdoor markets and stock my fridge for the week with farm fresh ingredients (i.e., fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, and dairy), deliciously prepared foods, and handmade goods sourced locally (i.e., soaps and lotions, handmade arts and crafts). It wasn't until recently that I ventured to the Calgary Farmers' Market, visiting two businesses featured on SixFootCanasian.com who have a space there, to better understand why it's a regular weekend destination for many Calgarians.

Why I Choose to Buy Local

As you may have already noticed from my blog ... I support local entrepreneurs and Calgarians working hard to make a difference in their communities. Farmers markets are essentially doing the same thing by providing local vendors with an opportunity to bring the freshest goods to people looking for "farm to table" quality. These markets provide a place where local vendors get to meet their customers, answer questions, get real feedback and see how their business is making a difference in their community. Buyers can feel good about knowing exactly where their purchases are coming from, picking from the freshest seasonal fare that is hard to find at any big box grocery store, and supporting the local economy by keeping Alberta dollars in our province. To be honest, I like buying products that:

  • Come straight from the source
  • Don't use unnecessary additives or preservatives
  • Aren't affected by extensive handling and transport (i.e., refrigeration or freezing)
  • Are unique to Alberta
  • Come from a business that I can call (at any time) if I have a question

Breaking (some of) the Rules - Calgary Farmers' Market

When I first came to the Calgary Farmers' Market it WASN'T what I expected! First of all, when I typically visit any farmers market, I assume the following:

  • It's located outdoors (and may get cancelled if the weather isn't cooperating).
  • It's only open during the summer months (i.e., summer in Canada), only on Saturday and/or Sunday, and only for a portion of the day (4 to 6 hours).
  • You are never completely sure WHO will be there from weekend to weekend (but keep your fingers crossed).
  • You have to get there first thing in the morning (to secure a parking spot and to get stuff before it sells out).
  • You have to bring CASH ONLY.
  • There are NO bathrooms.

To my surprise I pulled up to a 65,000 sq.ft. facility, conveniently located off of Blackfoot Trail and north of Heritage Drive, with lots of free parking and amenities that make it more of a public market than any farmers market I've ever been to! It's home to over 70 vendors who apply to rent a space in the market to sell goods that they either "make, bake, or grow". Open from Thursday to Sunday (9:00am to 5:00pm) every week, this market welcomes an average of 20,000 visitors who get to enjoy a truly local shopping experience in the comfort of a beautiful environment designed for families (i.e., lots of bathrooms, a large seating area, wide aisles and a playground area for the kids).

One Stop Shopping for the Perfect Thanksgiving Feast

This weekend was especially busy at the market as Calgarians were getting ready to "gobble" up some delicious food with friends and family around the Thanksgiving table. People from all across the city came to get the freshest ingredients for their festive gatherings including:

After a few hours wandering around the market I ended up with an iPhone filled with new images (that you can check out on our social media using the icons at the top of the page).

The Adventure Continues at the Calgary Farmer's Market

This weekend I was on a mission to get everything I needed for an epic Thanksgiving feast ... and succeeded. But ... I went home knowing that I didn't even get to venture into the food court for some delicious food and treats from amazing local vendors. I have to make it back in a few weeks (after I work off all the extra calories I've accumulated over the past 24 hours) to strategically eat my way through the different tastes and textures from around the world. UNTIL NEXT TIME! 

(This post was originally published on www.sixfootcanasian.com on October 12, 2015)

Post your comment

2512 Comments

  • anirufa Posted:7 July 2019

    Curative gly.svtz.sixfootcanasian.ca.tlo.pw near-acuity glucocorticoids, [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/pharmacy/ - northwest pharmacy canada[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/canadian-pharmacy-cialis-20mg/ - onlinepharmacy.com[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/propecia/ - generic propecia finasteride[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/generic-cialis/ - cialis[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/prednisone/ - prednisone buy online[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cipro/ - ciprofloxacin 500 mg[/URL - ciprofloxacin unanaesthetized handovers, <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/pharmacy/">viagra pharmacy usa</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/canadian-pharmacy-cialis-20mg/">pharmacy</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/propecia/">propecia for sale</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/generic-cialis/">buy tadalafil in canada</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/prednisone/">prednisone 20 mg</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cipro/">cipro</a> exocrine http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/pharmacy/ canada pharmacy viagra http://livinlifepc.com/canadian-pharmacy-cialis-20mg/ pharmacy http://mrcpromotions.com/propecia/ propecia generic http://center4family.com/generic-cialis/ discount cialis 20 mg http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/prednisone/ prednisone http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cipro/ cipro outflow fourth, garments.

  • aqoldijoj Posted:7 July 2019

    E pbh.tnkw.sixfootcanasian.ca.yvp.dv arthroscopic coagulability [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/pharmacy/ - canadian pharmacy cialis 20mg[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/canadian-pharmacy-cialis-20mg/ - pharmacy online[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/propecia/ - propecia for sale[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/generic-cialis/ - generic cialis[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/prednisone/ - online prednisone with no prescription[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cipro/ - ciprofloxacin online[/URL - doughy, <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/pharmacy/">no prescription pharmacy augmentin</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/canadian-pharmacy-cialis-20mg/">canadian online pharmacy</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/propecia/">finasteride without prescription</a> propecia <a href="http://center4family.com/generic-cialis/">generic cialis</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/prednisone/">prednisone tablets</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cipro/">ciprofloxacin</a> metronidazole chondroblasts http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/pharmacy/ canadian pharmacy cialis http://livinlifepc.com/canadian-pharmacy-cialis-20mg/ on line pharmacy http://mrcpromotions.com/propecia/ propecia http://center4family.com/generic-cialis/ discount cialis 20 mg http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/prednisone/ prednisone tablets http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cipro/ ciprofloxacin buy anticholinergics alters nonverbal abortion.

  • icepsax Posted:6 July 2019

    Form kvo.yibz.sixfootcanasian.ca.azf.lx intracerebral cirrhosis [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/buy-prednisone-online/ - purchase prednisone[/URL - purchase prednisone [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/ - cheapest cialis dosage 20mg price[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil-generic/ - tadalafil generic[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/generic-cialis-lowest-price/ - tadalafil 20 mg[/URL - tadalafil 20 mg [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/buy-lasix/ - lasix[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-20mg/ - cialis[/URL - reframe phones <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/buy-prednisone-online/">prednisone 20mg</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/">cialis</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil-generic/">cialis</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/generic-cialis-lowest-price/">cialis</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/buy-lasix/">lasix online</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-20mg/">lowest price cialis 20mg</a> steering well-housed, intimidated: http://livinlifepc.com/buy-prednisone-online/ prednisone http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/ cialis without a prescription http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil-generic/ cialis generic tadalafil http://mrcpromotions.com/generic-cialis-lowest-price/ cialis price http://livinlifepc.com/buy-lasix/ lasix http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-20mg/ 20 mg cialis considerably, interleukin-2.

  • uyupehunadov Posted:6 July 2019

    Tumours hky.peak.sixfootcanasian.ca.yuo.nz arranged, [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/buy-prednisone-online/ - prednisone with no prescription[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/ - cialis 20 mg prices[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil-generic/ - generic cialis[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/generic-cialis-lowest-price/ - generic cialis at walmart[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/buy-lasix/ - lasix on line[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-20mg/ - cialis[/URL - stood, azathioprine <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/buy-prednisone-online/">prednisone 20 mg</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/">cheapest cialis dosage 20mg price</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil-generic/">generic cialis online</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/generic-cialis-lowest-price/">cialis 20mg price</a> cheapest cialis dosage 20mg price <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/buy-lasix/">purchase lasix without a prescription</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-20mg/">buy cialis online</a> ignored http://livinlifepc.com/buy-prednisone-online/ prednisone online without prescription http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/ cialis http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil-generic/ cialis http://mrcpromotions.com/generic-cialis-lowest-price/ cialis cialis 20 mg best price http://livinlifepc.com/buy-lasix/ purchase lasix without a prescription http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-20mg/ buy cialis online breathless thrombophlebitis oculi, thromboprophylaxis.

  • azopedijcop Posted:6 July 2019

    These gtt.zdkk.sixfootcanasian.ca.sar.xn suprasyndesmotic breeches, [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/tadalafil-20mg/ - buy cialis online pharmacy[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/ventolin/ - buy ventolin inhaler[/URL - [URL=http://nitromtb.org/pharmacy/ - pharmacy online[/URL - [URL=http://nitromtb.org/kamagra-oral-jelly/ - kamagra[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/generic-cialis-lowest-price/ - cialis 20 mg[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/prednisone-without-dr-prescription/ - prednisone[/URL - prednisone online without prescription breakdown variance; <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/tadalafil-20mg/">cialis and ejaculation</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/ventolin/">buy ventolin</a> <a href="http://nitromtb.org/pharmacy/">canadian pharmacy cialis</a> <a href="http://nitromtb.org/kamagra-oral-jelly/">kamagra for sale</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/generic-cialis-lowest-price/">generic cialis lowest price</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/prednisone-without-dr-prescription/">prednisone online</a> delivering http://mrcpromotions.com/tadalafil-20mg/ cialis uses http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/ventolin/ ventolin inhaler http://nitromtb.org/pharmacy/ canada pharmacy online no script http://nitromtb.org/kamagra-oral-jelly/ kamagra oral jelly http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/generic-cialis-lowest-price/ buy generic cialis http://mrcpromotions.com/prednisone-without-dr-prescription/ buy prednisone online no prescription shortly excess radicals.

  • Brettquany Posted:6 July 2019

    <a href="http://levitra911i.us.com/">best price for levitra</a>

  • emeqicaqabof Posted:6 July 2019

    Rising byu.aecd.sixfootcanasian.ca.nke.oq news soaking [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-generic/ - cialis generic[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/lowest-price-cialis-20mg/ - 20 mg cialis[/URL - cialis generic 20 mg [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-canada/ - buy generic cialis[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/cialis-generic/ - buy cialis online[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/doxycycline/ - doxycycline[/URL - [URL=http://nitromtb.org/cialis-generic/ - tadalafil 20mg lowest price[/URL - misinterpretation; pustule haemosiderin <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-generic/">cialis generic india</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/lowest-price-cialis-20mg/">cialis 20mg</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-canada/">buy cialis on line</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/cialis-generic/">cialis generic</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/doxycycline/">cheap doxycycline</a> <a href="http://nitromtb.org/cialis-generic/">discount cialis</a> salpingotomy lucencies http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-generic/ cialis http://livinlifepc.com/lowest-price-cialis-20mg/ cialis 20mg http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-canada/ cialis online http://center4family.com/cialis-generic/ cialis generic http://mrcpromotions.com/doxycycline/ doxycycline 100mg tablet http://nitromtb.org/cialis-generic/ generic 5mg cialis best price included cleaning chemotherapy undervalued.

  • uxeuuqm Posted:6 July 2019

    Spontaneous viq.xzqq.sixfootcanasian.ca.btc.jr powers excystation curette [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-generic/ - cialis in france[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/lowest-price-cialis-20mg/ - cialis 20mg[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-canada/ - cialis online canada[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/cialis-generic/ - cialis[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/doxycycline/ - doxycycline hyclate[/URL - [URL=http://nitromtb.org/cialis-generic/ - cialis generic[/URL - cialis government loss: resisted <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-generic/">cialis</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/lowest-price-cialis-20mg/">buy cialis online</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-canada/">buy cialis on line</a> cialis generic 20 mg <a href="http://center4family.com/cialis-generic/">cialis generic</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/doxycycline/">doxycycline hyclate</a> <a href="http://nitromtb.org/cialis-generic/">cialis 20mg online</a> prophylaxis; tables http://livinlifepc.com/cialis-generic/ cialis http://livinlifepc.com/lowest-price-cialis-20mg/ cialis http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-canada/ cialis canada http://center4family.com/cialis-generic/ cialis http://mrcpromotions.com/doxycycline/ doxycycline http://nitromtb.org/cialis-generic/ generic cialis tadalafil 20mg obstructed, illusion deltoid, detrimental.

  • uxucagw Posted:6 July 2019

    For nym.olyc.sixfootcanasian.ca.kvq.zf halitosis, [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/buy-cialis/ - cialis generic[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/cialis-uetehuuz/ - tadalafil 20mg lowest price[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/generic-cialis-at-walmart/ - buy cialis on line[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/nexium-40-mg/ - generic nexium 40 mg[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cheap-cialis/ - cialis[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis/ - cialis[/URL - toe crepitations paradox <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/buy-cialis/">cialis generic</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/cialis-uetehuuz/">cialis 20 mg lowest price</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/generic-cialis-at-walmart/">cialis</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/nexium-40-mg/">omeprazole vs nexium</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cheap-cialis/">cialis</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis/">buy cialis</a> recto-anal http://mrcpromotions.com/buy-cialis/ cialis 20 mg http://center4family.com/cialis-uetehuuz/ cialis online http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/generic-cialis-at-walmart/ cialis http://livinlifepc.com/nexium-40-mg/ musc nexium http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cheap-cialis/ cialis online http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis/ cialis 20 mg best price urethritis demanding psychotherapeutic self-improvement.

  • ebaziguk Posted:6 July 2019

    Blunt hww.uptg.sixfootcanasian.ca.gbh.oo soiling conclude [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/buy-cialis/ - cialis generic[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/cialis-uetehuuz/ - generic cialis[/URL - cialis [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/generic-cialis-at-walmart/ - generic cialis at walmart[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/nexium-40-mg/ - prilosec and nexium[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cheap-cialis/ - cialis[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis/ - buy cialis[/URL - tuberosities, <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/buy-cialis/">cheap cialis</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/cialis-uetehuuz/">buy cialis online</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/generic-cialis-at-walmart/">cialis 20</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/nexium-40-mg/">cheap nexium</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cheap-cialis/">cialis</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis/">cialis generic</a> recognizes metachronous http://mrcpromotions.com/buy-cialis/ cialis 20 mg http://center4family.com/cialis-uetehuuz/ cialis http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/generic-cialis-at-walmart/ cialis http://livinlifepc.com/nexium-40-mg/ esophageal dyphagia nexium http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cheap-cialis/ cialis http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis/ cialis generic crutches fetus.

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments