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

2353 Comments

  • Woodrowbaibe Posted:9 October 2019

    http://wiki.lincolnyouthsoccer.org/Avocados_Just_For_Middle_Health_And_Wellness
    http://anchorites.org/groups/what-exactly-does-deep-sleep-can-for-folks/
    http://wow.wiki.yt/en/Some_Techniques_To_Supercharge_Your_Nutrients
    https://clinicwiki.org/wiki/Prostate_Kind_Of_Cancer_Diagnostic_Tests_Information_And_Facts
    http://www.falconvieweg.com/en/realizing-the-signs-and-symptoms-involved-with-deterioration-cardiovascular-system-valve-affliction/
    http://medicalschooltv.com/Elgg/profile/JaredLinds
    https://tethys.pnnl.gov/users/brittany-greco
    http://www.awesomething.co.uk/learn/doku.php?id=profile_whitneybuss3
    https://www.burdastyle.com/profiles/clementy773
    https://www.xn--lo8h1i.ws/vth/User:GenaLlewellyn2
    http://www.themusclemenu.com/members/imarwh79591615/profile/
    http://hotlinks.biz/What-You-Don't-Know-About-Health_208859.html
    http://peacetech.wiki/index.php?title=User:MitchT88700754
    https://drugwiki.org/index.php?title=User:LavonGloucester
    http://x2145-productions.technology/index.php?title=Benutzer:KayleighKidston

  • Woodrowbaibe Posted:9 October 2019

    https://sandswing7.picturepush.com/profile
    https://pehrsonkjellerup721.shutterfly.com/21
    http://london8.net/story/1042959/
    http://www.filedropper.com/cholestrerollevelsthefactsandtheyareanyoneatstakeootud
    https://www.anobii.com/groups/01fd5dbfd0d076d061
    https://humanlove.stream/wiki/Merging_Weight_training_in_addition_to_Eating_plan_to_Lose_Weight_Safely_plus_Progressively
    http://www.technologycenter.co.uk/index.php?qa=user&qa_1=searchton2
    https://searchvacuum0.werite.net/post/2019/09/12/Competence-Leading-to-Boost-Personalized-Daily-life
    http://socialbookmarklink.xyz/new.php
    http://b3.zcubes.com/v.aspx?mid=1413657
    https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/20372425-cats-inhale-smells-bad-blank-kitty-breathing-curescure-to-get-stinky?tab=author
    http://www.answerhighway.com/index.php?qa=user&qa_1=cribwren9
    https://bookmarkingcentral.download/story.php?title=13-certain-don%E2%80%99ts-of-effective-hair#discuss
    https://postheaven.net/searchbranch6/cats-inhale-has-a-bad-odor-kitty-oxygen-curescure-pertaining-to-smelly-breath
    http://jevois.org/qa/index.php?qa=user&qa_1=dollarvacuum3

  • Woodrowbaibe Posted:8 October 2019

    https://securityholes.science/wiki/Workout_Programs_space_The_way_to_Make_your_Site_for_you
    http://promodj.com/pianoton0
    https://speakerdeck.com/cribswing3
    https://www.instapaper.com/read/1228384337
    http://dou46magadan.ru/user/biketon7/
    https://www.eventbrite.com/o/an-organic-method-to-the-most-beneficial-skincare13-26605398185
    http://ariscool.com/dollarswing4mmv
    http://hiphopinferno.com/index.php?qa=user&qa_1=dollaroutput3
    http://www.ausad.com.au/index.php?qa=user&qa_1=viseton2
    http://www.vietnamanswer.com/index.php?qa=user&qa_1=sandwren9
    http://answers.minerals.net/index.php?qa=user&qa_1=mouthvacuum1
    https://coolpot.stream/story.php?title=beauty-plus-conditioning#discuss
    http://www.elitexecutive.it/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=1384062
    https://penzu.com/p/f6fc4245
    https://lovebookmark.date/story.php?title=a-good-way-to-lose-excess-weight#discuss

  • cyilagan Posted:1 October 2019

    Investigation wqx.cgyw.sixfootcanasian.ca.mov.ra mediator wider gleam [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/propecia/ - buy propecia[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/lasix/ - lasix online[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/levitra-20mg/ - where to buy vardenafil[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-coupon/ - cialis coupon[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/levitra-generic/ - levitra ohne rezept[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/clomid/ - buy clomid[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/canadian-cialis/ - canadian cialis[/URL - disharmony coil, crisis, <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/propecia/">propecia for sale</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/lasix/">lasix on internet</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/levitra-20mg/">generic levitra online</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-coupon/">buy cialis online canada</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/levitra-generic/">levitra20mg no prescription</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/clomid/">clomid</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/canadian-cialis/">cialis cheap</a> bathing http://mrcpromotions.com/propecia/ quick forum readtopic propecia answer generated http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/lasix/ lasix without prescription lasix to buy online no prescription http://livinlifepc.com/levitra-20mg/ generic levitra vardenafil 20mg http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-coupon/ where can i buy cialis http://center4family.com/levitra-generic/ prices levitra http://mrcpromotions.com/clomid/ buy clomiphene citrate online http://center4family.com/canadian-cialis/ cialis 20 mg dazzle location.

  • HerbertTus Posted:1 October 2019

    erectile neuroplasticity
    <a href=http://toperectiledysfunctionpills.com/#>top erectile dysfunction pills</a>
    erectile medicine for men
    <a href="http://toperectiledysfunctionpills.com/#">buy erectile dysfunction meds online</a>

  • Stewartked Posted:29 September 2019

    <a href="http://propeciaf5h.com">cheapest place to buy propecia online </a>
    <a href="http://prozacf5h.com">patient reviews on prozac </a>
    <a href="http://kamagraf5h.com">buy kamagra new zealand </a>
    <a href="http://tetracyclinef5h.com">tetracycline un milk </a>
    <a href="http://lexaprof5h.com">iburprofen and lexapro </a>

  • Brettquany Posted:29 September 2019

    <a href="http://albuterolf5h.com">how much albuterol for adults </a>

  • Stewartked Posted:29 September 2019

    <a href="http://acyclovirf5h.com">side effects long term suppressive use acyclovir </a>
    <a href="http://prednisolonef5h.com">side effects for prednisolone for cats </a>
    <a href="http://tetracyclinef5h.com">tetracycline for fish </a>
    <a href="http://sildenafilf5h.com">sildenafil alternatives with less side effects </a>
    <a href="http://zithromaxf5h.com">zithromax vs cipro </a>

  • Brettquany Posted:28 September 2019

    <a href="http://prednisonef5h.com">does prednisone make gramps in your hand and finger? </a>

  • Stewartked Posted:28 September 2019

    <a href="http://propeciaf5h.com">propecia watery semen </a>
    <a href="http://xenicalf5h.com">lowest price xenical 120mg canadian pharmarcy online </a>
    <a href="http://vardenafilf5h.com">vardenafil no prescription </a>
    <a href="http://amoxicillinf5h.com">amoxicillin for children </a>
    <a href="http://vardenafilf5h.com">cvs generic vardenafil </a>

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