Finest farmers’ markets in Calgary

Generally following a mantra of “made, baked or grown in Alberta,” Calgary farmers’ markets transform shopping and grocery getting into an adventure. As well as specialty foods, endless kiosks and counters carry locally produced arts, crafts, clothing and accessories plus an array of natural health products.

Symons Valley Ranch

14555 Symons Valley Rd NW, Calgary, AB T3R 1E7

Located on the city’s extreme northwest border, this pioneer-style fort aptly sits on the edge of open ranchland. Rustic boutiques ring its Old West courtyard, and the main building houses a tidy selection of market vendors and snack counters both upstairs and down. Symons Roadhouse, open Thursday to Sunday, is a must-visit for its upscale comfort grub. Year round, Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association

1320 5 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 0S2

At this locally beloved neighbourhood market held at Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre, you’ll find a wide variety of Alberta farm goods and ethnic eats. Shopping list suggestions include Prairie Mill Bread Co. cinnamon-raisin loaf, Greenberry micro-greens, Thompson Small Farm free-range chicken and homemade preserves by Just Can It. Wednesdays, late April to October 1. November to May, first and third Wednesday of the month, excluding January, 3 pm to 7 pm.

The Market On Macleod

7711 MacLeod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0M1

Formerly Kingsland Farmers’ Market, this pleasant, food-focused facility prides itself on being vendor owned and operated. Visitors can fill their bags (reusable, naturally!) with Field Stone Fruit Wines, sustainably harvested Dor Bel seafood, naturally raised veggies and game birds by Green Eggs & Ham as well as Calgary-crafted sweets by Wicked Chocolate. Year round, Thursday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Calgary Farmers Market

510 77 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1C3

This spacious market near the intersection of Blackfoot Trail and Heritage Drive Southeast is always stocked with an impressive array of meats, cheeses, produce, baked goods and more. Its lengthy vendor list includes Simple Simon Pies, Spragg’s Meat Shop and The Silk Road Spice Merchant. The market also features an especially good food court as well as restaurant kiosks throughout. Year round, Thursday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Crossroads Market

100-1235 26 Ave Se, Calgary, AB T2G 1R7

Just east of the downtown core, Crossroads features all the requisite Alberta farmers’ market staples from honey and frozen perogies to deli meats and hothouse veggies. A considerable portion of the market is also given over to flea market and boutique vendors hawking everything from antique toys and coins to used books and kids’ clothes. Indoor-outdoor market, Friday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm; boutique market, Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.

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