Farmer’s markets give you access to fresh, seasonal produce, like summer peaches, right where you live. Shopping for seasonal produce is a healthy way to get inspired in the kitchen and a great way to connect to communities in and around Calgary. These popular Calgary farmers’ markets offer more than just produce; you can shop for antiques, buy fresh-baked bread and empanadas, or homemade ice cream.
5 of the best Calgary farmers’ markets
The best farmer’s markets are often community institutions; they offer a chance to mingle with your neighbours, meet the farmers who grow your produce, and purchase affordable, fresh food that benefits you and the environment.
Here are five of the best farmers’ markets in Calgary:
This classic market is home to 75 local vendors who grow, make, and bake delicious treats. Located just off of Heritage Drive and Blackfoot Trail, the 55,000 square foot atrium is bright and appealing. As well as a food hall to sit and eat, there’s also a space for kids to play. If you’re looking for a special gift, this market also sells handmade items like jewellery and art from local artisans. If the location is far for you, stay tuned for a second northwest location arriving in Greenwich in 2022.
Hours: Open Thursday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 510 77th Avenue SE, Calgary
This Calgary market is a staple with a loyal clientele. Crossroads is much beloved for its produce, meats, bread, and cheeses. The farmers’ market operates year-round and turns into an open-air market from June to October. You’ll also find a bustling flea market here, so you can buy a vintage serving plate to display your fresh produce or an apron from the ‘50s to cook in. Don’t forget to try their famous guacamole from popular vendor Chongo’s Market and take time to enjoy lunch in the food hall.
Hours: Open Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary
This market is on the edge of the city and offers beautiful produce, a fun community feel, and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. With 100 regular food and art vendors and free parking, it’s worth the drive. This market supports the Bearspaw Lions Club, so you’ll also be investing in Calgary’s charitable causes and community initiatives when you shop here.
Hours: Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June to the first Sunday in October.
Address: 25240 Nagway Road, Calgary
Hillhurst Sunnyside goes beyond the norms of a traditional farmers’ market. In addition to flavourful, local produce, they’re also committed to making the market a destination. Hillhurst Sunnyside brings talent from the local community to provide entertainment, activities for kids, and to educate the public about how local community organizations are making a difference. Check out their blog for news about the market, vendor features, and initiatives designed to strengthen relationships with Indigenous community members.
Hours: Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, 1320 5th Ave NW, Calgary
This popular Calgary market is a rich cultural experience, with buskers, fresh flowers and produce. Shop for specialties like handmade candles or vegan bread and dog treats from Yeastie Boys. When it’s fully operational, the Bridgeland Riverside market also has interactive activities for kids and green space to sit and snack on your purchases while you shop.
Hours: Check Bridgeland’s social media for updates on their schedule, or sign up for their produce boxes to enjoy at home.
Address: 917 Centre Ave NE, Calgary
Looking for more things to do in Calgary? Read our article on the best hiking trails in Calgary and Rocketman’s article on the best day trips from Calgary on transit.
More Calgary markets to check out
If you’re looking for more fresh markets in your area or feel like taking a country drive to discover something new, here are a few more Calgary Farmers’ Markets you may want to try:
Tips for shopping at farmers’ markets
- Look for markets that are approved by the Alberta Approved Farmers Market Association. These markets strictly adhere to the 80/20 rule, where a minimum 80% of vendors need to “make it, bake it, or grow it” themselves. This association serves to strengthen and support Alberta growers and foster the development of Alberta products.
- Calgary’s seasonal produce flourishes from spring to fall, but ask vendors what’s available in the winter months. Some Calgary markets sell cheese, bread, pastries, and produce grown indoors year-round, so you can support local farmers and bakers in the winter too.
- Some markets also offer farm baskets of pre-picked produce, along with recipe suggestions, you can pick up or have delivered to your door. This can be a fun way to get creative in your own kitchen and save time deciding what to cook.
The benefits of local produce
We asked Boomerang culinary host Chef Robert why local produce matters. Chef Robert says local produce is sold within 24-48 hours after being picked. So it ripens naturally. This means it’s at the peak of freshness and offers the best possible taste and nutritional value. Some of the produce you buy at the grocery store is chemically ripened or preserved, which affects flavour, freshness, and nutritional value.
Aside from taste and nutritional value, shopping at a farmers’ market also supports your local economy, including farmers, and reduces waste.
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