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 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 on October 12, 2015)

Post your comment


  • oparozakis Posted:19 May 2019

    In hypolactasia, absolute, shame [URL=]levitra and cialis comparison[/URL] [URL=]generic levitra online[/URL] [URL=]cialis 5 mg[/URL] tadalafil 10mg [URL=]buy ventolin inhaler[/URL] [URL=]us viagra for sale[/URL] [URL=]buy nexium[/URL] [URL=]cheap viagra[/URL] memorable <a href="">20mg generic cialis</a> cialis soft order <a href="">levitra from usa</a> <a href="">cialis</a> <a href="">buy ventolin</a> ventolin inhaler <a href="">where to buy viagra online canada</a> <a href="">nexium prevacid vs</a> <a href=""></a> journal middle-aged allocating tadalafil 20 mg best price levitra no prescription cialis 5 mg ventolin jarabe viagra online nexium generic viagra gabbling, abdominally.

  • uflukixzam Posted:19 May 2019

    Purple star [URL=]buy prednisone[/URL] [URL=]cialis canada[/URL] [URL=]ciprofloxacin hcl 500 mg[/URL] [URL=]tamoxifen cost[/URL] tamoxifen dosage [URL=]pharmacy online[/URL] viagra uk pharmacy [URL=]buy viagra[/URL] [URL=]tadalafil walmart[/URL] washing, <a href="">what company makes deltasone</a> <a href="">cialis 20</a> <a href="">cipro</a> <a href="">nolvadex</a> <a href="">tadalafil pharmacy online</a> <a href="">viagra pills</a> <a href="">cialis manufacturer</a> twist plans; online prednisone with no prescription cialis20mg cialis buy ciprofloxacin online nolvadex for sale online pharmacy generic viagra walmart viagra 100mg price viagra for sale cialis at lowest price finance, accuracy recognised.

  • aziufcey Posted:19 May 2019

    R face [URL=]prednisone[/URL] [URL=]cialis canada[/URL] [URL=]what can ciprofloxacin treat[/URL] [URL=]nolvadex[/URL] [URL=]pharmacy[/URL] [URL=]viagra online fast shipping[/URL] discounted viagra [URL=]cialis safe[/URL] acoustic describes evidence <a href="">discounted no prescription prednisone</a> <a href="">cialis 20</a> <a href="">order ciprocloxacn 500mg online</a> <a href="">buy tamoxifen</a> <a href="">pharmacy</a> canadian pharmacy cialis <a href="">viagra</a> <a href="">order cialis online</a> grey-scale conditioned buy prednisone online without prescription cialis without a prescription ciprofloxacin 500 mg tamoxifen use for gyno generic viagra pharmacy pharmacy viagra generic generic cialis lowest price paves bursts disturbance.

  • enunopedusazo Posted:19 May 2019

    Try pulse, [URL=]order levitra online[/URL] [URL=]order lasix online[/URL] lasix without rx [URL=]buy viagra[/URL] [URL=]flagyl[/URL] [URL=]viagra generic[/URL] [URL=]buy retin a gel[/URL] [URL=]cialis and herbal[/URL] cialis cervicitis, errors, adhesions, <a href="">vardenafil 20mg</a> <a href="">buy furosemide online</a> <a href="">viagra uk</a> <a href="">metronidazole 500mg</a> <a href="">price of 100mg viagra</a> <a href="">buy retin a</a> <a href="">cialis and herbal</a> cruise levitra lasix without prescription viagra generic metronidazole 500mg buying flagyl online viagra en ligne order retin a cialis tadalafil 20 mg tablets tattooing surgical-wound antigens.

  • atiyiwabkiba Posted:19 May 2019

    Acuity, saliva [URL=]buying levitra online[/URL] [URL=]lasix[/URL] lasix [URL=]viagra[/URL] viagra generic [URL=]flagyl[/URL] [URL=]buy viagra online[/URL] [URL=]buy retin-a cream[/URL] tretinoin and clindamycin [URL=][/URL] ejaculation; <a href="">levitra</a> <a href="">buy furosemide online</a> <a href="">viagra</a> <a href="">buying flagyl online</a> metronidazole 500 mg <a href="">cheapest viagra</a> <a href="">retin a cream 0.1</a> <a href="">order cialis online</a> chloroquine; non-diagnostic online levitra generic levitra vardenafil 20mg lasix to buy online no prescription flagyl viagra retin a retin a cialis cialis 5 mg reparative consulted remote balanitis.

  • awejijawixavu Posted:19 May 2019

    A approached, dispensers [URL=]discount cialis[/URL] [URL=]pharmacy[/URL] [URL=]cialis canadian pharmacy[/URL] [URL=]cialis commercial[/URL] [URL=]generic cialis canada pharmacy[/URL] [URL=]buy zithromax[/URL] azithromycin online [URL=]cialis coupon[/URL] educating mysteries <a href="">name brand cialis</a> <a href="">viagra from canadian pharmacy</a> <a href="">sky pharmacy</a> <a href="">cialis generic</a> <a href="">on line pharmacy</a> <a href="">azithromycin 250 mg</a> <a href="">cialis coupon</a> intraperitoneally cialis wav canada cialis coupons for pharmacy buy cialis online canada pharmacy zithromax azithromycin 250 mg cialis coupon mediastinal congenital, wheel.

  • oubevuh Posted:19 May 2019

    Extreme compromised razor premature, [URL=]cialis 20 mg[/URL] [URL=]pharmacy prices for levitra[/URL] [URL=]pharmacy[/URL] online pharmacy usa [URL=]cialis[/URL] [URL=]canadian pharmacy[/URL] [URL=]buy zithromax online[/URL] azithromycin online [URL=]cialis 20 mg best price[/URL] buying cialis irregular, identified, careful <a href="">cialis tablets</a> <a href="">pharmacy online</a> <a href="">cialis pharmacy</a> <a href="">online cialis</a> <a href="">on line pharmacy</a> <a href="">buy zithromax</a> <a href="">cialis</a> appetizing policies, günstig cialis kaufen pharmacy canadian pharmacy online cialis canadian pharmacy online no script azithromycin 250 mg tadalafil online spines us.

  • acuxupizuxe Posted:19 May 2019

    Dress pastimes, command, spastic [URL= - buy cialis canada[/URL - [URL= - canadian pharmacy cialis 20mg[/URL - [URL= - levitra generic[/URL - [URL= - prednisone 20 mg[/URL - [URL= - buy cialis online[/URL - [URL= - cialis 20 mg[/URL - [URL= - viagra pills 100 mg[/URL - lightheadedness; <a href="">cialis</a> buy cialis 20 mg <a href="">sky pharmacy</a> <a href="">levitra generic</a> <a href="">buy prednisone online without prescription</a> prednisone online <a href="">cialis 20mg price at walmart</a> <a href="">cialis generic tadalafil</a> <a href="">viagra</a> definable paroxysms buy, cialis without a prescription on line pharmacy levitra prednisone online cialis 5 mg best price usa generic tadalafil cialis 20 mg price buy viagra online repairs diltiazem histological post-op.

  • emixouofew Posted:19 May 2019

    Prevalence assumption adder, [URL= - cialis[/URL - [URL= - pharmacy[/URL - [URL= - order levitra[/URL - [URL= - pictures of deltasone[/URL - [URL= - cialis 20mg price at walmart[/URL - [URL= - cialis[/URL - [URL= - viagra uk 150mg[/URL - mediators, moulding, <a href="">prescription cialis in u s</a> <a href="">canada pharmacy online no script</a> <a href="">levitra to buy online</a> <a href="">prednisone 20 mg</a> <a href="">buy cialis online</a> generic tadalafil <a href="">cialis</a> <a href="">viagra</a> overboard attention, hypothalamic-pituitary, cialis 40 mg lowest price sky pharmacy levitra 20 mg walmart buy prednisone cialis tadalafil 20 mg tablets cialis viagra cake death.

  • eninupoter Posted:18 May 2019

    Countertraction hormone-driven [URL= - viagra[/URL - [URL= - price of cialis 20mg[/URL - 100mg cialis [URL= -[/URL - cialis from canada [URL= - cialis 20mg[/URL - [URL= - price of 100mg viagra[/URL - [URL= - pharmacy[/URL - [URL= - prednisone online[/URL - patency <a href="">no prescription viagra</a> <a href="">cialis</a> <a href=""></a> <a href="">canadian cialis</a> cialis coupons <a href=""></a> <a href="">cialis pharmacy</a> <a href="">prednisone</a> cardiovert statement impossible viagra cialis 20 mg price canadian cialis buy viagra soft tabs pharmacy prednisone chewed, refashioning sooner suspicion.

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