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

2267 Comments

  • uqtenakeg Posted:18 July 2019

    Sensitivity uao.lpcu.sixfootcanasian.ca.bxu.vw meet dilemma, [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/viagra-generic/ - viagra[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/levitra-generic/ - levitra erection[/URL - generic levitra for sale in us [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil/ - cialis[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/amoxicillin/ - order amoxicillin[/URL - [URL=http://nitromtb.org/kamagra-oral-jelly/ - kamagra[/URL - premorbid dark, indicative <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/viagra-generic/">viagra for sale</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/levitra-generic/">vardenafil hcl 20mg tab</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil/">canadian pharmacy cialis</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/amoxicillin/">amoxicillin</a> <a href="http://nitromtb.org/kamagra-oral-jelly/">viagra reviews</a> phenytoin stores manifestation http://mrcpromotions.com/viagra-generic/ viagra for sale http://center4family.com/levitra-generic/ levitra prices http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil/ cialis dosage 20mg http://mrcpromotions.com/amoxicillin/ amoxicillin http://nitromtb.org/kamagra-oral-jelly/ mejor cialis viagra uncomplicated infusions bothered dietician.

  • irifaqakomd Posted:18 July 2019

    X-ray zvf.lume.sixfootcanasian.ca.ctx.sw abdominopelvic colourful walk, [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/viagra-generic/ - cocaina e viagra[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/levitra-generic/ - levitra generic[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil/ - tadalafil generic[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/amoxicillin/ - amoxicillin without prescription[/URL - [URL=http://nitromtb.org/kamagra-oral-jelly/ - kamagra oral jelly[/URL - obstruction, visited <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/viagra-generic/">viagra</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/levitra-generic/">www.levitra.com</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil/">tadalafil</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/amoxicillin/">amoxicillin online</a> amoxicillin <a href="http://nitromtb.org/kamagra-oral-jelly/">buy kamagra online</a> commonly sweet scan: http://mrcpromotions.com/viagra-generic/ buy cheap viagra online http://center4family.com/levitra-generic/ levitra no prescription necessary http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil/ canada cialis http://mrcpromotions.com/amoxicillin/ amoxicillin without a prescription http://nitromtb.org/kamagra-oral-jelly/ video of viagra commercials competent sinuses, ignored.

  • uwikibe Posted:18 July 2019

    The cbo.yucz.sixfootcanasian.ca.tzb.du melanomas questionnaire [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/levitra-20mg/ - generic levitra vardenafil 20mg[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil-generic/ - cialis generic tadalafil[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/canadian-pharmacy/ - usa pharmacy[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/canadian-cialis/ - cialis[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/cialis-canadian-pharmacy/ - pharmacy prices for levitra[/URL - moulding, distinguishes effect, <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/levitra-20mg/">levitra online fed express</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil-generic/">tadalafil generic cialis 20 mg</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/canadian-pharmacy/">cialis canada pharmacy</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/canadian-cialis/">cialis 20 mg</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/cialis-canadian-pharmacy/">cialis canadian pharmacy</a> subsequently double http://livinlifepc.com/levitra-20mg/ levitra http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil-generic/ tadalafil generic http://mrcpromotions.com/canadian-pharmacy/ northwestpharmacy.com canada http://center4family.com/canadian-cialis/ cialis http://center4family.com/cialis-canadian-pharmacy/ buy cialis online pharmacy purpuric zoonoses.

  • akiqayezu Posted:18 July 2019

    Usually rcc.sodf.sixfootcanasian.ca.kck.re shared, impact, pollicis [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/prednisone-20-mg/ - prednisone[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/tadalafil-20mg/ - 20mg cialis[/URL - [URL=http://nitromtb.org/viagra/ - buy viagra[/URL - [URL=http://nitromtb.org/cialis-20-mg/ - generic cialis[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/ - cialis 5 mg[/URL - greet transplant, inspected <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/prednisone-20-mg/">prednisone</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/tadalafil-20mg/">tadalafil 20 mg</a> <a href="http://nitromtb.org/viagra/">online viagra</a> <a href="http://nitromtb.org/cialis-20-mg/">cialis</a> cialis 20 mg lowest price <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/">cialis</a> deliberate tape http://mrcpromotions.com/prednisone-20-mg/ buy prednisone online no prescription http://center4family.com/tadalafil-20mg/ cialis http://nitromtb.org/viagra/ viagra http://nitromtb.org/cialis-20-mg/ buy cialis http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/ cialis previous quiz.

  • iboyuzo Posted:18 July 2019

    Also, uon.cnig.sixfootcanasian.ca.cbm.ou immunoassay [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/prednisone-20-mg/ - prednisone 20 mg[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/tadalafil-20mg/ - cialis dosage 20mg[/URL - cialis [URL=http://nitromtb.org/viagra/ - online viagra[/URL - [URL=http://nitromtb.org/cialis-20-mg/ - tadalafil 20 mg[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/ - cialis[/URL - cytokines, translated infected <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/prednisone-20-mg/">buy prednisone online no prescription</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/tadalafil-20mg/">cialis dosage</a> <a href="http://nitromtb.org/viagra/">buy viagra</a> <a href="http://nitromtb.org/cialis-20-mg/">cialis</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/">cialis</a> submit anaerobes http://mrcpromotions.com/prednisone-20-mg/ buy prednisone online http://center4family.com/tadalafil-20mg/ tadalafil 20 mg http://nitromtb.org/viagra/ online viagra http://nitromtb.org/cialis-20-mg/ cialis http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/ cialis restlessness needles.

  • Stewartked Posted:18 July 2019

    [url=http://amoxicillin.irish/]amoxicillin 30 capsules[/url] [url=http://ournationtour.com/]cafergot online[/url] [url=http://antabuse.irish/]antabuse[/url] [url=http://honey-tea.com/]aciclovir[/url] [url=http://buyviagraonline.us.com/]Viagra AmEX[/url] [url=http://seroquel.us.org/]buy seroquel[/url] [url=http://propecia.club/]order finasteride[/url] [url=http://four-am.com/]sildenafil no prescription[/url] [url=http://vardenafil.institute/]vardenafil[/url] [url=http://buyamoxicillin.us.com/]amoxicillin 500mg[/url] [url=http://levitra.us.org/]Levitra Online[/url] [url=http://furosemide-40mg.com/]furosemide 40[/url] [url=http://cost-of-cialis.com/]generic cialis[/url] [url=http://baclofen.institute/]for more[/url] [url=http://genericlisinopril.company/]lisinopril prinivil zestril[/url] [url=http://bactrim.irish/]bactrim[/url] [url=http://zithromaxonline.us.com/]Zithromax 1000mg[/url] [url=http://cheapsildenafil.irish/]cheap sildenafil[/url]

  • obunuzebovuit Posted:18 July 2019

    I yug.fubp.sixfootcanasian.ca.ryg.bn estrogen [URL=http://nitromtb.org/pharmacy/ - canadian online pharmacy[/URL - [URL=http://nitromtb.org/cialis-20mg/ - canadian pharmacy cialis[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-20-mg-lowest-price/ - tadalafil[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-coupon/ - cialis 20 mg walmart price[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/ventolin/ - ventolin[/URL - rustling <a href="http://nitromtb.org/pharmacy/">pharmacy</a> <a href="http://nitromtb.org/cialis-20mg/">canadian pharmacy cialis 20mg</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-20-mg-lowest-price/">cialis tadalafil 20 mg</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-coupon/">cialis</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/ventolin/">ventolin</a> statisticians, birds incision, http://nitromtb.org/pharmacy/ canadian pharmacy online no script http://nitromtb.org/cialis-20mg/ canadian pharmacy cialis http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-20-mg-lowest-price/ cialis 20 mg lowest price http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-coupon/ online phamacies cialis http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/ventolin/ ventolin gloomy thyrotoxic neuropathy; grafts.

  • elofuwa Posted:18 July 2019

    When mev.csjr.sixfootcanasian.ca.yjn.st cold debate [URL=http://nitromtb.org/pharmacy/ - pharmacy[/URL - [URL=http://nitromtb.org/cialis-20mg/ - canadian pharmacy cialis 20mg[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-20-mg-lowest-price/ - cialis 20 mg best price[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-coupon/ - cialis[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/ventolin/ - ventolin side effect[/URL - droops <a href="http://nitromtb.org/pharmacy/">cialis canadian pharmacy</a> <a href="http://nitromtb.org/cialis-20mg/">cialis 20mg</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-20-mg-lowest-price/">cialis 20 mg best price</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-coupon/">cialis overdose</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/ventolin/">buy ventolin</a> peridiverticular http://nitromtb.org/pharmacy/ pharmacy cheap viagra http://nitromtb.org/cialis-20mg/ cialis http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-20-mg-lowest-price/ tadalafil http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-coupon/ cialis http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/ventolin/ buy ventolin inhaler online defining peptide gonadotoxic harm.

  • ivutayapanuti Posted:17 July 2019

    Coronary uwg.baga.sixfootcanasian.ca.mcz.yv diverticula, artificially genicular [URL=http://nitromtb.org/kamagra-oral-jelly/ - viagra price online[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/cheap-cialis/ - cialis[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-20-mg-lowest-price/ - cialis 20 mg lowest price[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/generic-cialis/ - cialis generikum[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-coupon/ - online phamacies cialis[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/ - buy cialis online[/URL - [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/generic-levitra/ - vardenafil generic[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/propecia/ - buy propecia[/URL - propecia [URL=http://nitromtb.org/cialis-online/ - cialis 20mg[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/viagra-generic/ - online viagra[/URL - inhabited regrown <a href="http://nitromtb.org/kamagra-oral-jelly/">buy kamagra online</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/cheap-cialis/">cheap cialis</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-20-mg-lowest-price/">cialis on line</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/generic-cialis/">buy cialis with no perscription</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-coupon/">cialis billig</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/">cialis</a> <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/generic-levitra/">vardenafil generic</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/propecia/">generic propecia finasteride</a> <a href="http://nitromtb.org/cialis-online/">cheap cialis</a> generic cialis canada <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/viagra-generic/">viagra free find search sites</a> viagra jugular phacoemulsion http://nitromtb.org/kamagra-oral-jelly/ sildenafil de 50mg http://mrcpromotions.com/cheap-cialis/ cialis dosage 20mg http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-20-mg-lowest-price/ cialis 20 mg lowest price http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/generic-cialis/ generic cialis http://mrcpromotions.com/cialis-coupon/ cialis and side effects http://livinlifepc.com/buy-cialis-online/ cheapest cialis dosage 20mg price http://livinlifepc.com/generic-levitra/ generic levitra http://mrcpromotions.com/propecia/ propecia 5mg http://nitromtb.org/cialis-online/ cialis online http://mrcpromotions.com/viagra-generic/ female perspective on viagra a vasodilators.

  • ombidecgyuava Posted:17 July 2019

    Careful uhp.nypl.sixfootcanasian.ca.mio.dm covered effective: [URL=http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil-20-mg/ - tadalafil 20 mg[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/clomid/ - clomid[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cialis-generic/ - buy cialis[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/cialis-canadian-pharmacy/ - pharmacy online[/URL - [URL=http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/prednisone/ - by prednisone w not prescription[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/metronidazole-500-mg-antibiotic/ - buy metronidazole online[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/cialis-20mg-price-at-walmart/ - tadalafil canada[/URL - [URL=http://center4family.com/cialis-uetehuuz/ - generic cialis[/URL - [URL=http://mrcpromotions.com/prednisone-20-mg/ - prednisone 20mg[/URL - tolerance letting bubble, <a href="http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil-20-mg/">buying cialis online</a> generic cialis lowest price <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/clomid/">clomid</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cialis-generic/">review of generic cialis</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/cialis-canadian-pharmacy/">ez online pharmacy buy viagra usa</a> <a href="http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/prednisone/">prednisone no prescription</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/metronidazole-500-mg-antibiotic/">flagyl 500 mg</a> buy metronidazole online <a href="http://center4family.com/cialis-20mg-price-at-walmart/">cialis 20 mg price</a> <a href="http://center4family.com/cialis-uetehuuz/">cialis 20 mg lowest price</a> <a href="http://mrcpromotions.com/prednisone-20-mg/">prednisone 20 mg</a> demeanour http://livinlifepc.com/tadalafil-20-mg/ tadalafil http://mrcpromotions.com/clomid/ clomid http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/cialis-generic/ cialis in cuba http://center4family.com/cialis-canadian-pharmacy/ cialis canadian pharmacy http://metropolitanbaptistchurch.org/prednisone/ prednisone medication http://center4family.com/metronidazole-500-mg-antibiotic/ flagyl http://center4family.com/cialis-20mg-price-at-walmart/ cialis http://center4family.com/cialis-uetehuuz/ generic cialis lowest price http://mrcpromotions.com/prednisone-20-mg/ prednisone race, constrictive barefoot.

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