Succulent corn, bright red tomatoes that burst with flavour. The enticing smell of golden- brown crusted breads and pie, waft through the air. Farmers’ market season is upon us again.
If you’re less about convenience and more about fresh, organic, homemade and one of a kind products, your local farmers’ market is destination shopping.
Often shopping is such a hurried, stressful endeavor. Farmers’ market shopping is as much about the experience as it is the products. Sampling, taking your time and and engaging with the person that created or grew the product, is a more intimate experience. If you have questions, you can ask the person who can answer with every detail. You can’t get any closer to the source than this.
The choice to seek out and purchase organic foods is one that many individuals and families are making. According to one report, organic foods and beverages market is expected to reach 320.5 billion USD By 2025. Some of the best available can be found at markets around Calgary.
As the popular Simons Valley Farmers’ Market, experienced a devastating fire a few months ago, they are again open on site in a temporary set up at the location. This is a testament to the resolve of the vendors that have been affected, as well as the importance they hold to the community they serve.
The following is a list of northwest Calgary farmer’s markets, locations, hours of operation and more.
Supporting these, and all local growers, bakers, manufacturers and craftspeople at this grass-roots level is not only good for the economy, but for your health as well.
Northwest Calgary Farmers Markets
Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market
Location: Bearspaw Lions Hall & Grounds – 25240 Nagway Road
Open: June 4 to October 1
Hours: Sundays 10:00am to 4:00pm
Grassroots Northland Farmers’ Market
Location: Northland Village Mark parking lot – 5111 Northland Drive NW
Open: June 6 to September 26
Hours: Tuesdays from 3:30pm to 7:00pm
Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market
Location: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association – 1320 5th Avenue NW
Open: May 31st to October 25
Hours: Wednesdays from 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Rocky Ridge Farmers’ Market
Location: Ranch Center parking lot – 10709 Rocky Ridge Boulevard NW
Open: June 8 to September 28
Hours: Thursdays from 3:30 to 7:00
Symons Valley Farmers’ Market
Location: 14555 Symons Valley Road NW (parking lot)
Open: May 6 to October 28
Hours: Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Cochrane Farmers’ Market
Location: Cochrane Ranche Historic Site- East of intersection of Highways 1A & 22
Open: June 3 to October 28
Hours: Saturdays from 9:30am to 1:30pm
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